Guest post by Julie Wallis twitter.com/Nicenic63
New Menu at the Botanist, Birmingham
It doest seem a full year since The Botanist opened its doors on Temple Street Birmingham, but it really is, and my, how this chic little cocktail bar and restaurant has grown in confidence in 12 short months.
The mixologists, now move like greased lightning behind the bar, skilfully and successfully pouring up to 3 bottles of spirits and syrups at the same time, mixing multiple cocktails with ease and elegance. Service is very swift, although you still have to wait for your drinks you will be acknowledged almost as soon as you get to the front of this busy bar. Be patient, great cocktails are worth waiting for.
Last night I was lucky enough to meet Arron Smallman, brand head bartender for New World Trading Company, the company behind The Botanist. He proudly introduced me to 10 new cocktails. His enthusiasm for his job is infectious, he clearly loves his products and rightly so. Having travelled some 1500 miles in his quest to find the perfect ingredients, I am happy to say Arron’s journey was time well spent. The Botanist now offers some excellent and unique cocktails. All are made with the same fresh botanicals we have grown to know and love from Botanist but now boast of less syrup, less heaviness and less run of the mill ingredients, they make for some lovely, refreshing drinks, perfect for the summer days we will soon be having.
In their own words “Botanist have a new and intriguing cocktail menu” here are some of the new and intriguing drinks I tried:
We started with a Blackberry and Rosemary fizz, made with muddled blackberries, this tall drink had a good balance of sweet and slightly sour notes. A fruity delight!
Lemon balm tini is a zesty burst of citrus that sets your mouth alive, made with lemoncello and micro lemon balm, this classy cocktail is very reminiscent of a lemon sherbert sweet. It is served in a classic martini glass looks as beautiful as it tastes.
Blueberry & passionfruit Martini is a perfumed delight, capturing all the freshness of Passionfruit but with something of a citrus twist too. Quite sweet but ever so elegant and very moorish.
Berry Good Times is one of the alcohol free options, light, very fruity and refreshing. Served in a jam jar style glass this cocktail will not look out of place if you’re trying to keep your units down or have a secret baby bump. It’s not just for drivers.
The Botanist vodka martini was a perfectly dry martini, elegance personified , served in a traditional martini glass this is a elegant and grown up cocktail for those who like their drinks less fruity.
My favourite of the evening was a Thai chili crush. A long drink, bejewelled with flecks of red chili, the heat can be adjusted to suit your own preference. The spiceyness is refreshing and warming, the perfect drink for cool evenings or hot days.
In all fairness I enjoyed all of the new cocktails but obviously I enjoyed some more than others. I’m looking forward to my next Thai chili crush as that was without a doubt my favorite of the new cocktails on offer.
Nick Whitby, Bar Trainer for NWTC, commented, “The new cocktail menu highlights the botany of cocktail making. We’ve worked hard to really enhance the natural flavours of the herbs and fresh fruit, to best compliment the spirit featured in each cocktail. We hope everyone enjoys the new cocktails as much as we’ve enjoyed creating them!”
For those enjoying drinks as a group , The Botanist continues to offer sharing cocktails priced at £24.95. Served from a watering can, groups of 4 or 5 can enjoy Raspberry and Sage with Vodka, an Apricot and Basil with Gin or Cherry and Thyme with Rum. There are also two new beer cocktails available, Passionate Ginger at and Pacific Brunette both priced at £7.50
Although I was invited to this event to try the cocktails at no charge, Botanist have not paid me to write lovely things about them.