5 of the coolest cocktails you can try in Manchester – and make at home
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Cocktails in the City comes to Manchester on 14 and 15 May this year.

Twenty handpicked bars will be “popping up” in the Great Northern Warehouse with an exciting collection of signature cocktails they have created just for the show, so you can experience the best of Manchester’s bar scene all under one roof.

With cocktail demonstrations and live tastings from the city’s top bartenders, live music, and the finest street food curated by Friday Food Fight – including Yakumama, Red’s True BBQ, and VietShack – you can expect a fun-filled couple of evenings.

To whet your appetite, we’ve picked five of the coolest cocktails appearing at the show – also available for you to try at the individual bars themselves during the month of May.

Skippy’s Caribbean Cooler, from Lucha Libre

Lucha Libre

Lucha Libre’s tropical treat includes fresh watermelon juice, coconut, and a healthy dose of smooth, aged Tequila. Shut your eyes and imagine you’re on holiday – this cocktail is summer in a glass.

30ml Tequila Herradura Plata
15ml Peach Liqueur
15ml Coconut Syrup
25ml Fresh Watermelon
25ml Fresh Orange Juice
5ml Fresh Lime Juice

Shake all ingredients vigorously and strain over cubed ice.


Up, Up and Away, from Cloud 23

Cloud 23

Cloud 23 really know what they’re doing when it comes to cocktails, and this fragrant, premium gin-based creation involving fruit liqueurs, rhubarb, lemon and apple juice is a dreamy delight.

40ml Tanqueray No.10
15ml Apricot Liqueur
5ml Framboise Liqueur
10ml Rhubarb Puree
15ml Lemon Juice
50ml Apple Juice
3 Dash of Plum Bitters
Egg White

Shake, dry shake and serve with a grapefruit-scented balloon.

Up, up and away!


Friends with Bene-fits, from Épernay Champagne Bar

Epernay Champagne Bar

Épernay is a glamorous bar and they have created a sophisticated, sweet-scented cocktail to match, based around the aromatic herbal liqueur Bénédictine.

50ml D.O.M Bénédictine
15ml Cassis
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
Dash of Orange Bitters
Egg White
Soda Top

Shake and dry shake first five ingredients.
Double strain into chilled coupette glass.
Top with soda.
Garnish with lemon zest.


Island Nectar, from Keko Moku

Keko Moku

Manchester’s original tiki-bar Keko Moku have created a rum-based drink, featuring smooth Santa Teresa Claro shaken with fresh juices, coconut, and pistachio syrup. Aloha! Welcome to a tropical paradise.

35ml Santa Teresa Claro Rum
15ml Velvet Falernum
20ml Fresh Lime Juice
25ml Apple Juice
25ml Coconut Stock
10ml Pistachio Syrup

Shake hard. Served up over crushed ice.


Botanical Garden, from Harvey Nichols  Manchester – Second Floor Bar

Harvey Nichols

The award-winning Second Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols has created a beautiful botanical beverage, including Botanist artisanal Islay dry gin, peach liqueur and lemon juice.

Martini glass


50ml Botanist Gin
10ml Peach Liqueur
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
8 Celery Cubes
3 Brushes of Thyme
2 Teaspoons Caster Sugar
10 ml Egg White
3 Drops Peach Bitters

Into a Boston shaker muddle the celery, thyme, bitters, sugar and peach liqueur. Add the gin, lemon juice and egg white and shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled glass.

Lemon twist, herb sprig, cinnamon chunk.


Cocktails in the City, Manchester:

14 and 15 May, 6pm – 11pm, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN – more info

Tickets are £10 and include one cocktail, main stage demonstrations and a cocktail booklet.

See you there!

Main image: The Blue Pig/Cocktails in the City

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