Edinburgh Cocktail Recommendations

Sunday, 28 August 2016
Given that my blog is called Cocktails & Daydreams, I publish surprisingly little content on the former.  Well today I'm making up for that with a bumper cocktail related post with my tips on good places to grab a drink in my favourite city.

Foundry 39
A newbie on the Edinburgh food & drink scene is Foundry 39 on Queensferry Street.  I was invited recently to try out their cocktail menu so I took along my mum to help me (she didn't need much persuading).

For my first drink I went for an East 8 Hold Up - Absolut Vodka, Aperol, pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, lime juice, and sugar syrup.  This was the perfect thirst-quencher - it fell into that category of tasting just like juice, so I could have quite easily drank the whole thing in about 5 minutes.  My mum went for a Peach & Rhubarb Bellini - Prosecco, white peach purée, and rhubarb liqueur - which she enjoyed so much that she had the same for her second drink too.  I however went for a different choice and picked a Purple Rain - Lavender-infused Bombay Dry Gin, violet droplets, blueberries, lemon juice, and honey - which came in an Instagram friendly copper mug (unfortunately it was too dark to take a photo, but it was so cute I was tempted to nick it for my new house).  

We also ordered a couple of burgers to soak up all that booze - cheeseburger for mum, maple-glazed bacon for me.  The food definitely hit the spot - especially the sweet potato fries which were crisped to perfection.  

There's still several more cocktails I want to try on the menu (starting with the Watermelon Collins) so I'll definitely be back soon.  I also fancy trying their sourdough pizzas, oh and definitely more of those sweet potato fries!

All Bar One
One of my favourite girls night activities is a cocktail class - I've been to quite a few over the years, so I was excited to be asked to try out the new offering at All Bar One a few months ago. I took along my pal Jemma to the Festival Square bar one Thursday after work where we were seated with a couple of other bloggers and introduced to our lovely French barman (insert whistle and winky face here).  The format for the class was very relaxed, we were talked through a cocktail recipe and then we all got to make it at our seats at the same time (and then drink it obvs).  The other classes I've been to have involved a lot of standing around watching other people make cocktails and waiting for your turn, so you got to drink a lot quicker here!

Another thing slightly different to the other classes I've been to was the cocktail shaker - instead of the usual metal shaker and glass method, at All Bar One they have mason jars with lids - so no more trying to slap the shaker at exactly the right spot to dislodge your glass (which I once did so violently that I knocked a stone out of my engagement ring).  

We made 3 cocktails, a Cosmopolitan, a Pomegranate Daiquiri (my favourite!) and an Espresso Martini.  So that's 3 pretty bloody strong cocktails in the space of about 1.5 hours.  May I remind you that this was a Thursday at 6pm.  A school night.  On an empty stomach.  Needless to say that Jemma and I were so pissed we had to go for a burger at Byron before heading home.  If it had been a Saturday then I think it would have been an ideal warm up for a night out.

Btw I vlogged the class which you can watch here if you fancy!

Tried & Tested Faves
All Bar One and Foundry 39 are new discoveries for me on the cocktails front, but here's some of my old Edinburgh favourites that I'd also recommend:

Apologies for all the shite photos by the way - I find it impossible to take good pictures of cocktails as it's either a) too dark, or b) I'm too busy drinking to remember to take one.


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