Cocktail Week has become an integral part of the Cheltenham calendar and this year there will even more bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and hotels taking part than in previous years.
Now in its third year, Cheltenham Cocktail Week offers cocktail fans the opportunity to visit some of their favorite venues – and try some new ones – to experience some exclusive cocktails. Many venues will have cocktails for just £6 whilst others are offering a food and drink pairing.
Running from Friday May 10 to Saturday May 18, the event, which is organised by Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID), will see venues across the town offering a wide array of cocktails for just £6, holding cocktail making master classes, tasting events and food and drink pairing sessions.
BID Operations Manager Belinda Hunt said: “We’re pleased that so many different businesses are taking part in Cocktail Week this year. We have such a diverse range of bars, clubs and pubs in Cheltenham, all offering something different and we want people to enjoy the variety of venues around the town.”
Here’s what you can look forward to.
Drinks Village – Opening Weekend: Up to 40 samples of spirits ● Learn about how your favourite spirits are made and meet some of the best local drink companies ● Buy your favourite at exhibition prices to take home ● Live Music from a number of award winning local artists ● Street Food stalls in the Queens Hotel Garden ● Competitions & Games! http://bit.ly/DrinksVillage
Mixology Masterclass with Revolution Cheltenham: Enjoy a cocktail on arrival then join the expert bartenders behind the bar to create your favourite cocktail on the menu. http://bit.ly/RevMasterclass Not able to join a masterclass? Try a Blank Canvas for £6 – with 18 flavours to choose from you’re sure find your favourite.
Cocktails on trial at The Old Courthouse: During the whole of Cocktail Week, you will be able to try The Judge (Cotswold Dry Gin, Chase Elderflower Liqueur & Apple Juice) and make your Verdict (Tia Maria, Smirnoff and double espresso – a classic served in a Courtroom setting) for just £6 per cocktail.
Celebrate Summer at Cosy Club: For the whole of cocktail week Summer Time Sangria will on the cocktail menu for just £6 a glass. Just add sunshine and shades! You can also enjoy three tapas dished and a sangria for just £15. Book a table https://cosyclub.co.uk/location/cheltenham/
Cocktail Masterclass at Yates: Master the art of making some classic cocktails at Yates. During #CheltenhamCocktailWeek you’ll get the chance to Enjoy a Raspberry Woo Woo on arrival, then learn how to make Yates’ famous Pornstar Martini as well as a Sex On The Beach, followed by a cheeky Jagerbomb, all of this for £15! Add a sharing platter and pay just £20.
- Date 1: Friday 17 May
- Time: 5pm – 7pm
- Date 2: Saturday 18 May
- Time 3pm – 5pm
- Tickets: £15 (or £20 with a sharing platter)
- Book by ‘phone on 01242 250710
Beat the blues at Coco: Coco’s experienced mixologists have created an exceptional cocktail just for Cheltenham Cocktail Week 2019. Doctor’s Orders has an unusual sessional flavour, using ingredients that can be found in most bars. Gin, passionfruit liqueur and blue curacao are combined with freshly squeezed lime juice and a simple syrup in a highball glass and topped off with lemonade. A sweet delight at just £6.
Party on at Montpellier Wine Bar: To celebrate the launch of their new downstairs cocktail bar, Montpellier Wine Bar will be holding the opening party for the third annual Cheltenham Cocktail Week.
As well as the full cocktail menu, there will be two new cocktails introduced for the event. The Botanical; a gin-based cocktail blended with violet liqueur, lime and sugar and an English Summer; A rum-based cocktail with melon liqueur, egg white, lemon, sugar and dash of bitters.
The new cocktails will be on sale throughout cocktail week for just £6, as will the traditional Bellini, made with peach puree and prosecco. Or party goers can opt for a twist on the peach favourite and try strawberry, raspberry or passionfruit flavour – all priced at £6.
Get fruity at Café Rouge: Putting a bit of fizz into Cheltenham Cocktail Week, Café Rouge are offering two of the most refreshing cocktails on their menu for just £6 each. Fizz La Poire is a delightful blend of pear vodka, pressed apple and elderflower topped off with lemonade and garnished with lime. Prosecco and Chambord are paired to make the Kir Rouge.
Memsahib Gin & Tea will have four £6 cocktails on offer during Cheltenham Cocktail Week. All made using their own crafted gin, these cocktails will invoke thoughts of the exotic flavours of India.
Pina Masala: Memsahib Gin, Vodka, Memsahib Masala Chai Syrup, Pineapple Juice
Princess Peach: Memsahib Peach and Papaya Infused Gin, Lime Juice, Sugar. Short and fruity, a sip of this transports you to a peachy beach far away.
Lady Sophia’s Martini: Memsahib Gin, Earl Grey, Lemon Juice, Egg White. A classic on our Punch menu, Earl Grey and Gin is a match made in heaven!
Indian Summer: Memsahib Lime & Lavender Gin, Rosemary & Grapefruit Tonic, Fresh Grapefruit and Rosemary. A posh G&T! Muddled grapefruit and rosemary shaken with our Lime & Lavender infused gin, poured over London Essence tonic to rejuvenate!
Be inspired at The Botanist: One of Cheltenham’s newest and most popular cocktail venues, The Botanist in The Brewery Quarter will be serving up some very special cocktails.
Usually priced at £8.50, their signature cocktail, The Botanist, will be on the special Cheltenham Cocktail Week menu for just £6. This is a true floral delight of Bacardi, Ketel One Vodka, elderflower liquor, jasmine syrup and red amaranth.
Who doesn’t enjoy a Mojito? The Botanist’s Strawberry and Elderflower version is a delicate blend of Bacardi, strawberry and elderflower liqueurs, muddled cucumber and mint with fresh lime juice.
Fiesta at Chiquito: Get 2 4 1 on some classic cocktails and mocktails at Chiquito during Cheltenham Cocktail Week.
If you’re looking for some old-time favourites choose from classic mojito or Alabama Slammer – or get both and pay for just one.
If you’re looking for something non-alcoholic and want to join in the party you can enjoy a 2 4 1 offer on an Appleberry or Virgin Colada.
Join in la fiesta nunca acaba (that’s Spanish for the party that never ends!) over the weekend of 17th and 18th May.
Royal cocktails on offer at The Queens Hotel: There’s a whole Royal family of cocktails at just £6 each on offer in The Gold Cup Bar at The Queens Hotel.
The Queen – a pomegranate martini with gin, pomegranate juice and grand Marnier brings a sweet approach to the family.
The King – pineapple fizz with white rum, pineapple and lemon juice and sparkle of soda introduces a touch of the exotic to the family.
The Prince – true blue with gin, blue curacao and lemonade bring this fairy tale to life. The Princess – pretty in pink, this combination of vodka, St Germain, lemon juice, pink grapefruit syrup and soda is sublime.
The Princess – pretty in pink, this combination of vodka, St Germain, lemon juice, pink grapefruit syrup and soda is sublime.
Go classic at Babel: Enjoy a twist on the Negroni when Babel add their homemade Iron Bru or Dr pepper syrup to the classic. Or go for a really summery taste and try out the Strawberry Sour made with Absolute strawberry and lemon juice then decide if you want the traditional egg white fluff or foamy sugar before it’s garnished with fresh strawberries
Cocktails, Mocktails and Petticoats
Think ‘Gatsby’, ‘Chicago’ & Vintage Hollywood Musicals. Join Smokey Joes for an evening of Cocktails & Mocktails. As part of Cheltenham Cocktail Week they’ll have some of thier new Cocktail specials for only £6 each!
joined by the gorgeous Monrose Boutique UK and have music from the 30s 40s & 50s. from our Fabulous Swing Night DJ Rob McElvanney
Cocktail tasting in collaboration with Cotswolds Distillery at The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie.
Sit down and enjoy a three course dinner and cocktail tasting in The Ivy’s private dining room. A perfect mid-week event, there are a limited number of tickets available to purchase now. Priced at £62, each ticket includes a welcome drink on arrival, a three-course meal paired with three bespoke cocktails, and teas and coffees post dessert. On the night, guests will also be able to enjoy an exclusive talk from one of Cotswolds Distillery master distillers, who will touch upon each spirit and their individual characteristics. Book here.