The Cathedral Quarter in Belfast will play host to the city’s first ever cocktail festival next month.

Belfast Cocktail Week will run from Monday, 16 – Sunday, 22 October and visitors are encouraged to try a whole range of drinks on offer from various bars in the area.

Highlights of the festival include award-winning London establishment Swift Bar’s residency in the The Merchant Hotel’s Cocktail Bar, as well as a step back in time to experience the birth of the cocktail at The Luggage Room takeover of Club Sixty6, which is located on the top floor of The National.

The venue will also host a whiskey masterclass on October 19, where guests will get a behind-the-scenes insight into whiskey distilling. 

The bar will also cater for those who want to enjoy a non-alcoholic tipple with a Future of Mocktails Masterclass and a mocktail menu will be available all week. 

Belfast Cocoktail Week will culminate with a guest speaker – author of the Curious Bartender range of cocktail books and award-winning bartender, Tristan Stephenson.

He will host a seminar exploring the art of mixing the perfect cocktail on October 22. 

Bars taking part in the Belfast Cocktail Week include:

  • The Cocktail Bar and Berts Jazz Bar at The Merchant
  • The National Grande Café and Club Sixty6
  • Bullitt Hotel
  • Bootleggers
  • Muriel’s Café Bar
  • The Spaniard 
  • Babel

For the inaugural event each venue has created a special tipple for festival-goers:

1. Expresso Martini by The Merchant

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Taste

This Expresso Martini is a mix of vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso. The liqueur has a sweetness while the coffee gives it a rich, indulgent and creamy texture, combined with the kick of the Absolut vodka.

Ingredients

  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 10ml coffee liqueur
  • 25ml Absolut vodka
  • Shot of espresso

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Double strain into 5oz coupe.
  3. Garnish with 1 to 3 coffee beans on the top.

2. The Ankle-Biter by Bullitt

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Taste

An intensively exotic drink, flavoured with citrus and sweet aromas. Citrus Belvedere Vodka stands on its own as a striking and smooth flavour while the extra bitters add a depth of flavour to the drink.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Citrus Belvedere Vodka
  • 50ml Fresh Ruby Grapefruit Juice
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup
  • 2 Dashes Lemon Bitters
  • Pinch Fresh Sage

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Strain into a tall glass over ice and top up with soda water.
  3. Garnish with fresh sage.
  4. Alternatively, add all ingredients to a tall glass and stir. Add ice and top up with soda – garnish with fresh sage.

3. B.L.P.D by Bullitt

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Taste

Described as a soft, sweet and rich velvety texture, Pink Grapefruit Belvedere combines notes of ripe grapefruit and spicy ginger with a hint of vanilla. The beverage is then finished with flavours of citrus, strawberry and honey.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Pink Grapefruit Belvedere
  • 25ml Strawberry & Peppercorn Shrub
  • 15ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 15ml Basil Infused Honey Syrup

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Double strain contents into a 5oz coupe.
  3. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf and cracked black pepper.

4. Matcha Martini by The National

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Taste

Absolut Vanilia has a distinct character of vanilla, notes of butterscotch and hints of dark chocolate. Mixed with sweetness and a slight coffee aroma, this martini is a perfect dessert cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 35ml Absolut Vanilia
  • 15ml Kahlua
  • 35ml Milk
  • 0.5TSP Matcha Powder
  • 10ml Vanilla Gomme
  • 2 Dash Chocolate Bitters

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker, shake and double strain into 5oz coupe.
  2. Garnish with chocolate powder.

5. Green Eyed Guard by The National

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Taste

A spicy, fruity and nicely balanced combination of flavours with a lingering and refreshing finish.

Ingredients

  • 35ml Beefeater
  • 15ml Green Chartreuse
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 25ml Pineapple Juice
  • 35ml Rhubarb syrup
  • 2 Dash Orange Bitters
  • 1 Egg White

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker.
  2. Shake and strain over ice cubes into a highball glass.
  3. Garnish with pineapple leaf and lemon wedge.

6. Daisy Rose by The National

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Taste

The fragrance of rose petals and taste of Briottet Rose Liqueur combined with Hendrick’s Gin, with its cucumber and rose petal flavours, is completed with a citrus twist.

Ingredients

  • 35ml Hendrick’s Gin
  • 10ml Briottet Rose Liqueur
  • 10ml Velvet Falernum
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 50ml Almond Milk
  • 10ml Orgeat Syrup
  • Almond Rosewater Foam

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker, shake and fine strain in a chalice glass.
  2. Top with almond rosewater foam and add rose petal to garnish

7. Mayan Migration by The National

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Taste

A deeply powering drink offering a well-balanced citrus with peppery heat finish.

Ingredients

  • 35ml Olmeca Reposado
  • 15ml Pierre Ferrand Curacao
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • 10ml Agave Nectar
  • 2 Dashes Grapefruit Bitters
  • 50ml Blood Orange Juice

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker, shake and strain over crushed ice into a Aztec style tiki cup.
  2. Garnish with orange wheel, lime wedge and pineapple hair.

8. The Sherry Cobbler by The Merchant

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Taste

Made with Oloroso Sherry as a base, the distinct flavours of fruit with hints of walnuts and toffee, gives a smooth texture finished with fresh citrus flavours.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Oloroso Sherry
  • 10ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Fresh Orange Juice
  • 10ml Cane Syrup

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and swizzle over cracked ice.
  2. Pour everything into a pre-chilled punch goblet.
  3. Garnish with fruits in season. Serve with a straw.

Belfast Cocktail Week organiser, Bronagh Bennett, said: “Belfast Cocktail Week is a way of showing that Belfast can compete on an international level alongside cities with great cocktail cultures such as London, Edinburgh and even New York.

“Belfast and Northern Ireland’s hospitality sector has come a long way in recent years and customers are really broadening their horizons.  The wide range of events taking place during the festival will appeal to everyone and I hope it encourages people to try something new. 

“We are looking forward to bringing this week-long event to Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and hope it will be the first of many.”

For a full line-up of events and further information, visit BelfastCocktailWeek.co.uk.

Please enjoy responsibly – for more information, visit www.drinkaware.co.uk

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