This is your 4 day advance warning - World Cocktail Day is Saturday 13th May - hurrah! Brush down your glad rags and get ready for some serious ‘research’ into the heady world of mixology. It’s dirty, it’s glamorous, and it’s the weekend!
To celebrate here are some of our favourite places to rock up to in Norwich, as well as two new cocktails in celebration of a Norwich literary hero – Anna Sewell - whose best-selling novel Black Beauty was published 140 years ago this year. So whether you’re a traditional drinker of cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan or the Tom Collins, or if you fancy trying a special recipe, then Norwich has plenty of great spots to indulge with friends in!
The Black Beauty cocktail at The Library Restaurant Bar & Grill
The Library Restaurant Bar & Grill is a fitting venue for a celebratory 140th anniversary drink – the Black Beauty. Formerly the UK's first public subscription library, this city-centre restaurant and bar is bursting with original features including a cocktail lounge – settle in for an aperitif before your meal or after a long day at work – but always best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand!
The Sewell '77 cocktail at The Birdcage
The Birdcage is in a quirky location in the heart of the Norwich Lanes. Known for its creativity and offering something a little different, The Birdcage serves a great cocktail menu to work your way through including the new Sewell ’77! Want a bite to eat? Then order your ‘fish supper’ from the Grosvenor Fish Bar across the road and wait for it to be delivered to your table in The Birdcage.
Marking the 140th anniversary of Black Beauty’s publication (find out more in our blog post here) The Library Restaurant Bar & Grill and The Birdcage have both created their own literary themed cocktails;
Black Beauty at The Library features a blend of Dark Rum, Galliano, Brown Creme de Cacao and iced coffee, all served in an Irish Coffee glass.
The Birdcage offering is a Sewell ’77, a mix of Bacardi white rum, Kahlua, Martini Rosso and lemon juice - all shaken over ice, topped up with coke and decorated with some edible rose petals!
Both cocktails are available from 13 May!
The Giggling Squid's Thai G&T
Enjoy cocktails with a twist at this gorgeous Thai restaurant located in the heart of Tombland. We particularly love their Thai G&T and their Hibiscus Spritz! See our review on the restaurant here, and view their menu here.
Cocktails with a view – who can resist this? Not only can you enjoy delicious food here in Norwich’s first (and only) rooftop bar, but you can also soak up the great atmosphere and take in fantastic views over medieval Norwich – the Cathedral has never looked so beautiful as the sun sets for the day! Work your way through their brilliant cocktail menu – we’re particularly liking the Bramble cocktail (dry gin, freshly squeezed lemon and blackberry) or their Expresso Martini!
The 'Nelson's Golden Apple cocktail' at The Maids Head Hotel
The Maids Head Hotel is not only full of history, but also boasts an historic intimate bar which is an ideal spot for tucking yourself away to enjoy a tipple. They’ve just started stocking Wild Knight English Vodka, a locally produced spirit company which creates a delicious vodka called Nelson’s Gold, a blend of Wild Knight English Vodka and caramelised East Anglian sugar beet. If that itself doesn’t sound tasty enough, they’ve also created a special cocktail called Nelson’s Golden Apple, which uses Nelson’s Gold, fresh apple juice, and cinnamon syrup, shaken up and served in a chilled martini glass. The finishing touch is an apple garnish!
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