elixir tonics & treats, manchester
what is it about cocktails that keep us going back?
obviously, the answer for many people is the hidden alcohol content – but there’s something about the artistry of being able to make a great cocktail that really draws me to bars like elixir. and man are they artists.
the welcome is more than you could ask for; it’s a little bit dingy and dark, with brick walls and exposed pipes, perfect when you want to hide away after a long day at work! our bartender quickly came over to talk us through the menu, offering us some flavoured (cucumber) water whilst we made our choices.
i went for the lovelace martini after reading about it on yelp. served with a shot of prosecco topped with lemon sorbet, it was deliciously fruity and a real treat for the eye, especially as it was topped with a sugar lace pattern.
the other half drank his tequila based concoction after ordering quite blindly – the majority of alcohols are listed by their brand as opposed to type, so you do have to be a bit of a buff. however, there’s no shame in asking and the guys behind the bar are more than happy to explain and discuss your tastes.
unfortunately, we were already heading to lucha libre for dinner, but the food menu sounds – and, judging by some photos i’ve seen, looks – amazing. massive sandwiches and sharing platters all washed down with these stunning cocktails?
watch this space.