Kosmonaut, the NQ’s convivial neighbourhood hangout, is launching a brand new Spring/Summer 2014 drinks list with a selection of diverse wines and craft cocktails curated by the venue’s owners. Developed in-house by the award winning bar team, the cocktails are created using the finest ingredients to produce delicious and unexpected flavours. The new cocktail list features reworked classics, revived recipes and bespoke combinations, including The Yokahoma Flip made with whisky, chocolate, plum and salt, and the Georgina’s Julep made with Bourbon, peach, mint and spices.
Renowned for their stellar wine list, Kosmonaut have worked with independent merchants to curate a collection of distinct reds, whites and roses that are incredibly high quality, at the most reasonable prices. Five biodynamic wines have been added to the list which utilise a production process that goes above and beyond the organic process, eliminating chemicals completely. These include The Ottavia Rube Dolcetto with tastes of bitter cherry, bramble and chocolate. To celebrate spring and summer, additional roses and sparkling wines have been added, including, among many, the Provencal, a rose with fresh berry fruits and herb flavours, and the Gusbourne, a sparkling wine produced in the UK that has an equally fresh, quality taste.
The new drinks list also features first-rate spirits from around the world including Doorly’s Rum from Barbados, Japanese Nikka Whisky and Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon. As always, Kosmonaut has its rotation of over 60 Artisan beers with a rare and independent selection, many locally produced, including Flying Dog ales, Weird Beard brews and TicketyBrew Blondes .
Masons Yorkshire Gin are happy to announce the arrival of Steve the Still. It’s not every day you welcome a new addition to your family, but Masons Yorkshire Gin are preparing to show Steve to the world. Hand made in Portugal from copper, and a hearty 300 litres in size, he’s no lightweight – but still small enough to create a fantastic artisan spirit. Tended by hand, heated gently with its naked flame burner, the art of distillation is returning to Yorkshire.
“We are really excited about getting the still up and running” said Karl Mason, “and we’re hoping that soon we can get a visitor centre set up. We have a great location here in Bedale and interest in Masons Yorkshire Gin is growing all the time.” Why Steve? “Well” said Karl “a lot of distilleries give their stills exotic and fanciful names so I though why not call ours Steve? – it just has a certain ring to it, and possibly a hint of irony.”
Since the launch last June, Masons Yorkshire Gin has gained a loyal and growing following. New outlets ranging from prestigious hotels and restaurants, to wine bars and independent wine and spirits merchants are choosing to stock it. “It’s a fabulous gin” said Karl, “a unique flavour and a surprise for the taste buds.” Masons Yorkshire Gin are now looking forward to their first full year, and as well as adding to their list of stockists, they’ll be touring the country attending events such as The Yorkshire Show and the BBC Good Food Shows, make sure you look out for them and remember to ask how Steve is getting on.
Diageo are launching a new single grain Scotch Whisky, in an advertising campaign partnered by David Beckham and Simon Fuller. Haig Club, which has a fresh style, showcasing toffee and butterscotch flavours, gives a smooth taste which the company believes will endear the product to non whisky drinkers, as well as veterans in the product.
Starbucks on the corner of Bridge St and St Marys Parsonage, is set to reopen as a bar The applicant is Ross Mackenzie who is the owner off Liars Club and Blackdog Ballroom/Dog Bowl, and it appears that this will be a new concept for them and not an extension of Liars Club into the unit. ~ 10 Apr 2014
There will soon be a new restaurant/bar for Spinningfields, which will be in the unit opposite Greggs the former Samsi unit on Gartside Street. The applicant for it is Adam Niall Jones, who is one of the directors of Dogs N Dough. ~ 08 Apr 2014
The trend for flavoured tequilas is growing, with Proof Drinks importing and distributing Cazcabel. The first shipments of their Honey and Coffee flavoured spirits have already sold out. ~ 03 Apr 2014
The Norther Quarter has been graced with another bar in LS:NQ, or Last Stop Northern Quarter. The bar will also serve BBQ, in an opening which adds to the city's already thriving American BBQ trend. LS:NQ is open on Hilton Street, right next to Lammars. ~ 03 Aprr 2014
Dominion's Cherry Blossom lager has been launched in the UK. The American pink ale comes in 355ml bottles and 30 litre kegs, has a light cherry flavour and is 5.2% ABV. ~ 02 Apr 2014
Eight Greater Mancheter pubs have been included in the CAMRA best pubs list. Two city centre favourites, City Arms and Port Street Beer House, were both included in the prestigious lineup . ~ 01 Aprr 2014