Cocktail Tasting Menu, The Balmoral

Friday was Stuarts birthday, and being the selfless wife I am I took him to see Skyfall (oh hello Daniel) and then onto The Balmoral Bar at The Balmoral Hotel for the Cocktail Tasting Menu.

Menu

Its been 5 years since the Balmoral Bar opened, and to celebrate this birthday the bar had created a special celebratory tasting menu.  They do change their cocktails seasonally, so its a good excuse to go a couple of times a year!

The tasting menu follows the same courses as a 5 course tasting menu at a restaurant, with an amuse bouche and 4 ‘courses’.  The waiter explains with enthusiasm and in detail the contents of the cocktail, which is good, but sometimes you just want to drink it!!

So here is a run down of our tasting menu…

Amuse Bouche

Not sure what it was called but contained a tasty mix of Crème De Bergamot, Chambord and Apple Juice.  It was sunk like a glass of juice!

Amuse_Buche

First Course

For me I had ‘The Ginger Cowboy’ which was made up of Tequila, Ginger and Lemongrass cordial topped with Apple Juice

First_Course_1

For him ‘The Bitter Cuban’ a strong mix of Havana 7, Aperol and Cherry Bitters

Second Course

For both of us ‘The Forbidden Fizz’, and delicious glass of Zubrowska Vodka, Apple Juice and Prosecco

Second_Course

Third Course

For me I went for the slightly more wintery the ‘Captain Sloe’ made of Sloe Gin, Lemon Juice, Apple Juice and a touch of Elderflower

Third_Course_1

For him, a whisky based cocktail ‘The Smokey Clarkson’ made with an Ardbeg 10, Cointreau, Lime Juice and Navan

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Fourth Course

For both of us we went for another whisky based cocktail ‘The Dalmore Sour’, which contains Dalmore 15, Angostura Bitters, Honey and Lemon Juice.

Fourth_Course

It was really busy in the bar, and luckily we got one of the last tables, so I would advise to book before you go to avoid disappointment! Roll on Spring for the next seasonal menu!

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