So here at Venga, we appreciate all things that are tasty and delightful in life and so why we thought why not push the boat out with these delectable cocktails. You should know all spirits used are premium as if to get less of a hangover! Also our syrups are homemade and delicious!
Our cocktails are all £8 each, here they are with why these made the biscuit…
History: In Spanish, Piña Colada, simply means “strained pineapple”. Even though the current recipe dates from the 1950’s, there are some allegations that the name didn’t officially materialise until almost 10 years later. The Piña Colada was officially named Puerto Rico’s national beverage on July 10, 1978. Piña Colada Day is celebrated annually in Puerto Rico and the United States on July 10. Before the 1950s Pina colada was made with strained pineapple juice instead of coconut cream.
Whereas our recipe, we don’t need to include coconut cream, as we have the sweetness from the pineapple syrup, also whilst coconut milk is ideal for modern recipes, stripping back to originality isn’t a bad direction to head in.
History: Well, this is a slight twist on a classic disco drink; created in 1965. Its components make it perfect as a sipping drink, the colour of elegance. Little known fact, the coffee liqueur first used in this drink was Coffee Southern (no longer available), for its subtle coffee flavour; nowadays Kahlua or Tia Maria are the mainstream contenders.
The original of this drink, the white Russian, was immortalised in the film Jeff Bridges, playing the Dude in The Big Lebowski, quaffed eight of them during the course of the movie. He dropped a ninth on the floor.
This drink would be perfect as an alternative dessert or… if you’re not sweet enough.
Dill or no Dill:
History: Created recently by London bartender Gareth Evans in 2013, this drink got him to the finals, although unfortunately didn’t win, however still a firm favourite, especially if you are looking for a ‘skinny’ cocktail. Hendricks, as a gin, is infused with rose and cucumber flowers hence the light floral bouquet, this is ideally the best gin for this cocktail.
This refreshingly light cocktail I would suggest as an aperitif or as an alternative to a G&T.
History: So this is a cocktail of Mimi’s creation, although other bartenders have used similar ingredients the alcohol has been different. I took inspiration from the strawberry mojito, subsidised rum for Bloom gin, and mint for basil. A few drops of balsamic vinegar gives this drink a third complexity in taste. It is very light, palatable with strawberries, floral delight.
Begs the question…Where has all the gin gone?
History: The original cocktail ‘Bramble’ was first created in the 1980’s by a London bartender in Soho. It is largely known across the world in any substantial establishment. The aim of this drink was to use the fresh ingredients found in anybody’s back garden, here in England. The intricate flavour of raspberry and blackberry make this a firm favourite of mine. A cross between a cobbler and a sour the name is easy to remember, represents the crème de mure moving through the ice, as if a child was weaving through the brambles. Again, I have tweaked this cocktail slightly to make it Venga’s own.
Take a walk on the wild side, appreciate the British backyard.
Rosemary Salty Dog:
History: This cocktail was first formulated in 1950, and surprisingly is invented by the same guy who invented the bloody Mary, not surprisingly the name comes from the salted rim, this reacts very well with the bitterness of the grapefruit, which gives it diverse tastes, what party on the tongue! The rosemary element is infused with the Gin Mare gin (as well as some other botanicals) and syrup and so is very delicate on the nose.
Full? Why not try this tantalizing cocktail, reawaken your senses… it’s only the beginning of the night.
History: Probably the most recognisable cocktail on this list, and I think my favourite! The sweetness of pineapple creeps through silky notes of tequila, giving overall a very quaffable drink. Margaritas have the same recipe but with different flavour factors. Rumour has it that this cocktail was invented by a Mexican although it is not clear who as in early editions of cocktail books they are many different names but same ingredients.
This is a punchy cocktail with tropical notes, drinkable at any time so enjoy the feeling…
History: A very well-known cocktail the exact history of the Espresso Martini is not definite but one theory suggests the drink was first created by cocktail guru Dick Bradsel in 1984. According to the London bartender, a famous model came into Fred’s Bar, and crassly asked him to make her a drink that would “wake me up, and then f*** me up” and Dick’s subsequent creation was the first espresso martini. He initially called it ‘The Stimulant’.
This is definitely a drink for the end of the night; or even end of the shift, week, day….
History: The term ‘monkey shoulder’ is actually derived from the malt men turning the barley by hand, which often developed into a droop in their stance, still the name now has a more affectionate balance with its history. A blend of three single malts this whiskey has vanilla and warm honey flavours. Surprisingly, this cocktail has a sherry background so blended notes of Fino and redcurrants create this refreshing artisan drink.
A great drink for the start of the night; cleansed and refined pallets, please form an orderly queue….
Reyka’n it in:
History: A fairly new vodka sprung out of the volcanoes and flowing rivers of Iceland, this clean and almost botanical vodka really brings the rosemary and blackberry to sing! A cocktail invented by Reyka themselves, justifies the simplicity of this cooling drink.
Start with one and find many more glasses around you… where has all the vodka gone?