I was lucky enough to attend a special preview evening last week at the beautiful Milk Thistle, to find out a little more about what to expect from this week-long celebration of the finer beverages in life.
If you haven’t been to the Milk Thistle before, get down there pronto! This was my first visit – it’s been on my Bristol bucket list to go there for a while, and it most certainly did not disappoint. Inside it is absolutely stunning; a former merchant’s headquarters steeped in Bristolian history, the inside is decked out in dark wood panelling, and there’s comfy leather seats tucked into every corner to retreat in to. We even got a sneaky tour down to the vault where the merchants used to hide their illicit goods, and where you can now rent out for private parties.
To get us excited about Bristol Cocktail Week, we had cocktail genius and master gin craftsman Danny Walker on hand to tell us a little bit more about the history of the cocktail, some fundamental rules of mixology, and how we can master our own drinks at home, all helped along by some very important taste-testing. Oh yes. Amongst the delights that we sampled were a delicious daquiri, a vodka Tom Collins especially for me (I am one of those rare creatures who doesn’t like gin) and an absolutely amazing tequila punch, proving that you can make a delicious punch out of any ingredients you like, as long as you follow the little rhyme – 1 part sour, 2 parts sweet, 3 parts strong, 4 parts weak, and a pinch of spice to make it nice!
The line-up of events for Bristol Cocktail Week is staggeringly impressive – as well as pop up pizza parlours and drink-along screenings of Tom Cruise movie classic Cocktail, there’s a showdown between the two tribes of cocktail makers in the awesome-sounding Bar Wars on Wednesday, and a historical drinking marathon back at the Milk Thistle on Friday.
But how do I get involved with all this debauched madness?! I hear you cry. Simply purchase yourself a magical wristband for £10 of the Queens and pop along to as many events as your heart desires!
I just wish I could go to all of them! *hic*
A massive thanks to Visit Bristol for inviting me along, The Milk Thistle for their hospitality and Danny for the awesome drinks!