The Liquorist

Firstly, my apologies for being completely M.I.A these passed few weeks, cocktailing hasn’t really been the chosen past time of mine lately and after the past few days I realized how unhappy and hopeless at the the absence of cocktails as soon as I lifted the dreamy beverage to my lips. The reason for this is simply due to the fact that student life lately, hasn’t been all its cracked up to be. Certainly, when all your friends are together things are great, but everyone leaves at different times! Its funny how it has seemed to fade into the background of my life, like many things this month. Although the best thing would have been a cocktail or two over these few months. This week I visited a few bars and whilst looking around I began to realise that hitting the bars at 11 o’clock in the morning wasn’t a particularly good sign, life wise.

There seems to be a constant rush of people in these bars, especially since its been so sunny recently in Leeds. Especially since the pedestrian-isation of Greek Street has finally come into place! So many places seem to be appearing out of the woodwork. One of these being The Liquorist, frequently pronounced wrong but that doesn’t matter once your tucking into your flaming zombie. I’m actually lucky enough to be future housemates with one of the bartenders at this joint. Although this doesn’t particularly mean that I get free choice of all of the menu, just a cheeky discount price. As well as serving delicious wines, eclectic mix of work beers, ales and craft larger this place also offers amazing food. I often like to enjoy the odd chocolate dessert along side one of their fabulous cocktails. The Liquorist is in The Living Rooms former spot on Greek Street and is frequently living up the its fame and glory. They also host cocktail master classes on Wednesdays and live music on Thursdays and Saturdays with the occasional DJ set on a Friday. Although The Liquorist is a bustling bar, it doesn’t drift too far from the quiet, relaxed atmosphere of a work lunch or a birthday celebration.

Behind the bar, as well as Calum, is a huge selection of spirits in which they are particularly proud to showcase whilst the bartenders perform their spinning bottle tricks. Word on the street is there is more cocktails on the way, much more to be added to the menu.

Obviously, I couldn’t have a sunny Sunday afternoon without a Pornstar Martini, a personal favourite, one which is a timeless classic. Served in a swarve glass, Absolut Vanilla vodka is shaken with passion fruit syrup, fresh lemon juice, vanilla and caramel syrup. Topped up with pineapple juice and served with a baby shot of Prosecco on the side. The ultimate question is; do you drink it? Or pour it in? I personally don’t know. I guess that’s just preference.

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