The UK’s cities appear to be gearing up to do battle over who can do Christmas better, and gin seems to be a key strategy in the competition.
Last week saw the Fever Tree Winter Gin Lodge open in London and now Manchester has launched the Christmas Market Gin Trail.
The Christmas market bar scene has been thriving in Manchester in recent years and this time around the pièce de résistance is the smoking gin cocktail, which takes hot gin cocktails to a whole new level.
The smoking gin cocktails bubble away impressively, reminiscent of a witches cauldron. Happily though there is no eye of newt inside, the ingredients are far tastier than that.
They are made with locally-distilled I Love MCR Strawberry Jam Gin, Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade and dry ice – the ingredient which creates the steaming parlour trick.
Other gin cocktail delights on the trail include strawberry gin and Prosecco cocktails, parma violet and sherbet lemon G&Ts and even a nostalgic Drumstick gin cocktail.
The participating bars in the I Love Manchester Gin Trail include Bar 3, Winterberries, Brooks Mill, Grumpy Moose and The Well & Spruce.
If you decide to take part in the gin trail you’ll be entitled to a £5 discount voucher to be used against a bottle of I Love MCR Strawberry Jam Gin.
You’ll need to collect 3 tokens from participating gin trail bars and present them at the retail outlet on Market Street to get your voucher.
For more gin-related Christmas fun in Manchester check out this snow globe dome serving hot gin toddies.
The smoking gin cocktails are being served Bar 3 on New Cathedral St. The Manchester Christmas market gin trail, based at Albert Square is open now.
Images from I Love Manchester.
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