We’re excited to announce that we’ve put in some hard graft to shake up our cocktails – and they’re hitting our award-winning Indian restaurant in Manchester later this month.
To achieve sheer excellence in the making of our revamped cocktails, Head Bartender Ricardo has called upon his extensive experience to lead the mix. His compositions have resulted in a delicious array of long and short cocktails, crisp champagne infused cocktails, and martinis. And for those who’d rather hold off on the alcohol, we introduced a new set of mocktails.
An army of fruity colours from left to right: Espresso Martini, Porn Star Martini, French Martini, Classic Martini
As ever, with our customers’ fancies firmly in our minds, we decided to run our spruced up collection past Manchester’s foodie press and bloggers to ensure we’d hit the nail on the head. So, last month, we rounded up this elite community of food lovers to wrap their taste buds around our new cocktail menu.
Awaiting their arrival was of course a heart-in-the-mouth moment. Would they rate or slate? Mindful that we’d invited this foodie pack to join us after a long day in the office, our evening had to maintain the air of relaxation, while subtly sticking to the upbeat tempos we’re known for.
So, while cocktail tasting was the core of the event, the team at our top Manchester Indian restaurant appreciated that some evening entertainment was key. Our bar in the foyer was therefore transformed into a mixing station, with Ricardo taking to the helm by pulling over members of the press to copy his creations. It certainly kept our tasting guests on their toes!
— Tim Alderson (@timvfood) January 27, 2016
Here’s some bar action from the guys at manchestersfinest.com to spruce up the evening
Concentration was key for Denise Evans from Manchester Evening News
— Zouk (@ZoukTeaBar) January 27, 2016
Ricardo marvelled at how quickly blogger Chrissy from Mancunian Wave took to the stage
Mancunianmatters.co.uk – proving to be a dab hand!
While the press and bloggers took turns to sample the life of a mixologist behind the bar, we ensured that those mingling in front were showered with nibbles to help soak up the evening’s conveyor belt of cocktails.
— Denise Evans (@DeniseEvansMEN) January 27, 2016
The poppadom platter was a welcome sight to the girls at Manchester Evening News For those in the audience that professed their love for a spice-packed meal, we recommended the champagne cocktails. This new collection offers to counter-balance the aromatic flavours of spicy food swirling around the tongue. Of the new champagne cocktail menu, we were delighted that the Red Velvet was hailed a firm favourite – a seriously fruity number that adds vodka, vanilla, fresh strawberries and raspberries to liven up the luxury fizz. For those in the audience that professed their love for a spice-packed meal, we recommended the champagne cocktails. This new collection offers to counter-balance the aromatic flavours of spicy food swirling around the tongue. Of the new champagne cocktail menu, we were delighted that the Red Velvet was hailed a firm favourite – a seriously fruity number that adds vodka, vanilla, fresh strawberries and raspberries to liven up the luxury fizz. The Red Velvet – a tall, flirty and feisty cocktail The compliments also came rolling in for the Strawberry Daiquiri. The Strawberry Daiquiri is a bubbly beauty overflowing with the taste of Summer Of course, there were still a few members of the press that felt so spoilt for choice, they just couldn’t pick a favourite!
Emily Heward from Manchester Evening News wants it all!
But our friends were also happy to see that the classics did not go missed, such as the much loved Margarita – a short cocktail of gin infused with limes, and rounded off with soda and a cool cucumber.
A punch-packing crisp Margarita
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Manchester Marketing were pleased with their invite!
As our colourful concoctions will be accompanying the spring sunshine that’s started to trickle through the clouds, we’d love you to help us celebrate in style. So come in, recline, and indulge in an elegant tipple shaped around flavours of the sunnier seasons!
Or if you’d like to read more about the new Zouk Cocktail Menu, see what Leeds Foodie had to say!!