The Rose Villa Tavern's spirit of choice is vodka but they have an extensive drinks menu. The new cocktail menu is split into crowd pleasers, short drinks, vodka cocktails and fizzes. I went along to sample some from the fizz page- check some of Brum's other blogs to see the other pages soon.
Just to let you know, I didn't drink full glasses of all these cocktails- some we shared.
The evening started with a Sorrento Sparkle (£7) made up of limoncello, fresh lemon juice, a little sugar and topped with prosecco. This could have been too sweet but it was sharpened by the lemon juice. I loved the herbs in the ice ball too. A lovely drink for a warm summer day, sat outside with the breeze blowing your hair about.
Next, Iced Brambles Bubbles (£7). A Bramble is a classic cocktail made with gin, lemon juice and blackberry. This one had fresh blackberries and had been lengthened with prosecco. The blackberry taste was intense; this was a beautiful summer drink, but I found it a little difficult to drink through the small straw.
Raspberry and Basil Effervesce (£7). A fragrant mix of raspberry vodka, raspberry liqueur and fresh basil, topped with prosecco. I think this was my favourite. Anything with basil in makes me swoon and again, it stopped it being too sweet. More herbs in the ice cubes too.
Le Grand Fizz (£7). I've tried this one before as it's a Grey Goose vodka classic. Made with vodka, elderflower liqueur and elderflower cordial, it's usually topped with soda water but the RVT have taken it to the next level with the addition of prosecco.
Finally: a Bake Well Fizz(£7) Amaretto, dark cherry vodka, vanilla syrup and prosecco; this really was a Bakewell Tart in a glass.
With all that booze, of course we needed food to soak it up. Luckily, Rose Villa Tavern has a food menu of American style favourites such as chicken wings and burgers. I went to a menu tasting in the summer and didn't feel the Buffalo wings had enough of a kick. This seemed like a good opportunity to give them another go. I'm happy to report that the Buffalo sauce was hot and acidic, the blue cheese crumb added some creaminess and I liked the way the celery and carrot had been served.
Edd chose the Cheesy Geezer (£9.50) a beef burger covered in blue, Swiss and American cheese with plenty of pickle to cut through.
Thank you to Owen at Rose Villa Tavern for keeping us fed and full of fizz cocktails all evening.
Rose Villa Tavern
Photos by Helen and Edd.
Food and drink were complimentary.