Being both a blogger and a Bitters 'n' Twisted loyalty card holder, I found myself invited to The Victoria's cocktail tasting twice over. I suppose I could have had two lots of everything but instead I took Edd, who will never say no to cocktails.
We headed up the stairs to sample the winter warmers on the new menu. I was glad to see that some of the old classics remained (like my favourite Victorian Lemonade) but there were also some new drinks for us to sample.
Before tasting the cocktails, there were a few whiskeys to try. I am not a whiskey drinker so I was prepared to be converted. I'll be honest, I wasn't, but I could definitely handle it better than when I was 19, so that's progress. I don't mind whiskey in a cocktail but I won't be drinking it neat any time soon.
Realistically, I was there for the cocktails. They had made a selection and put out some samples for us to try. There were some really exciting and unusual combinations with spicy or warming flavours.
If you're looking for a seasonal cocktail with warming whiskey, fruit or spice flavours, definitely head down to The Victoria this year. I'll be going for the bourbon, pomegranate and orange based Millionaire, with its smooth egg foam top.
To stop us getting too tiddly from all the cocktails and whiskey on offer, they had put on a buffet of their Christmas party menu. You can hire out the upstairs room for your Christmas drinks party and also have a variety of food to snack on! It was a selection of all the things you really want to pick up and eat at a drinks party- turkey and cranberry rolls, halloumi and butternut squash, Yorkshire puds with sausages, brie and red onion tarts and the best roast potatoes I've had outside of my flat. None of it was gourmet or particularly unusual but it was perfect after-work snack food.
After all that, we could choose a full size version of our favourite drink of the evening. I picked the Millionaire, which I've already talked about.
My second favourite, and one which was popular with others around me, was the Leoni Sour. Whiskey and Amaretto were shaken with lemon, sugar and egg white for a gloriously sweet, sticky and foamy cocktail, finished with a swirl of red wine for a grown up touch.
Cheers! If you're a regular at any of the Bitters n' Twisted venues you should definitely bag yourself a loyalty card as you get lots of special offers and the possibility to go along to events like these.
Interested in holding a Christmas event at The Victoria? Have a look at The Victoria's Christmas page.
Photos by me and Edd.
This was a free event for loyalty card holders and bloggers. I was not required to blog.