Manchester Martini - Forever Manchester

Monday, May 04, 2015

Last Tuesday I was invited by Forever Manchester to try the Manchester Martini which will be on sale throughout May at Gusto in Elliott House in Manchester City Centre.
Gusto Manchester Cocktails Forever Manchester
Gusto Menu

The cocktail takes it’s inspiration from the well-known Mancunian (Salford really) soft drink.

This grape based drink is mixed with Plymouth Gin, Plymouth Sloe Gin, Chambord and fresh apple juice. Served with grapes, this Martini is shaken, not stirred.

The cocktail was chosen by a panel of judges, the other cocktails’ inspirations were Eccles cake, Manchester tart, Boddingtons and honey.

Gusto Manchester Cocktails Forever Manchester
Manchester Martini
The judges were:

Helen Ramsbottom, Forever Manchester Ambassador, Managing Director of A Foot in the Door and Publisher of Bitten magazine

Deputy Editor of Manchester Confidential, David Blake, who is a regular critic of the Manchester food and drink scene. 

Colin Knott has spent the last 25 years working his way up a series of cocktail and flair bars. He has been involved in opening over 50 bars in the UK and has consulted for many restaurants and hotels, including TGI Fridays Master Bartender Program. 

Gusto Manchester Cocktails Forever Manchester
Manchester Martini
Jennifer Stuart of Gusto Manchester says

“We have chosen to do this because it’s such a fun engaging way to support such a great, local charity. Our bar team are so excited to create the cocktails which will be judged and there’s already healthy competition surrounding the winning cocktail! We’re really looking forward to having the cocktail on the bar throughout May and can’t wait to serve as many as possible to the people of Manchester.”

Nick Massey, Chief Exec of Forever Manchester says:

“It’s great to have Gusto Manchester on board raising money for us in such a creative way. Our staff have tasted and enjoyed the cocktail on sale and we’re sure it’ll be a top seller, so we can reinvest the money raised back into the communities of Greater Manchester.”

The cocktail will cost £7.50 with a £1.00 from each one going to Forever Manchester.
Gusto Manchester Cocktails Forever Manchester
Some of the people at the event

I got to try the cocktail for myself at the pre-launch event and had the fortune to get a 241 offer and I really liked the flavours. It was a nice surprise to find a ginbased cocktail as so many ted to be vodka (no bad thing) to whiskey (not for me thank you) based. The cocktail is strong enough in flavour to know that it is a cocktail but very drinkable and goes down very easily.

I know I will be on the lookout for other gin based cocktails in the future. 

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