Emporia Christmas Cocktails

*Press Release*

Emporia

Emporia Brands HQ asked a number of their award-winning brands to send across their festive recipes, perfect to impress your friends and family with.

Ron Prohibido – ‘the forbidden rum’ – is a unique premium Latino rum from Mexico. Made in a traditional 12 year solera with a unique combination of column still rums, Ron Prohibido was, in the 17th century, shipped in used sweet wine barrels to Spain where the distinctive sweet and bitter taste it acquired during the voyage was much appreciated…so much so that local producers in Spain persuaded King Felipe V to ban it – hence “prohibido”, the forbidden rum. Now, over 300 years later, this delicious rum is available in the UK for the first time.

Try their simple ‘Prohibido’:

Glass: Mug

Ingredients:

60 ml Ron Prohibido

2 tsp caster sugar

½ cup hot fresh coffee

1 cinnamon stick

Orange zest

Method:

Stir the coffee and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Stir in Ron Prohibido and add the cinnamon and the strip of orange zest. Garnish with whipped cream, grated chocolate and grated orange zest.

Prohibido

Osborne is one of the oldest and most prestigious wine and spirit producers in Spain. Founded in 1772 by Thomas Osborne Mann to supply sherry to the UK, it remains 100% family owned, and is now run by the seventh generation.

The brightest vinous jewels in Osborne’s considerable crown are the very old rare sherries (vors). these are exceptional sherries from very special soleras, all of which were established nearly two centuries ago, and the solera for Sibarita is in fact the oldest in Jerez, dating back well over 200 years to 1792. These precious sherries have found worldwide acclaim, and are found on the lists of top restaurants around the world.

Try out their ‘PX Reserve’ recipe:

Glass: Coupette

Ingredients:

40 ml Chairman’s Reserve

10 ml Osborne PX

2 dash Angostura

Method:

Stir all the ingredients within a mixing glass over ice, then strain into a coupette.

PX Reserve

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Both cocktails look pretty tasty! Now we don’t have the Osborne PX here at Rum Diaries HQ but we do another bottle of PX and of course we have Chairman’s Reserve so we are odds on to fire one of those up at some point over the Christmas period!

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Cocktails in the City returns to Manchester…….

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Celebrating Manchester’s vibrant cocktail scene, Cocktails in the City the UK’s largest ever cocktail master class returns to the grandiose surroundings of the Great Hall, Manchester Town Hall on 8th May 2014, with tickets priced an amazing £10 for 1 cocktail, cocktail book and entry. With Manchester’s greatest cocktails being served and a dedicated North West following eager to see what this years event entails. Cocktails in the City Manchester is the only place where cocktail lovers and Manchesters finest bars will gather together, for an evening dedicated to the art of cocktail making.

So what’s new this year? For the ladies Harvey Nichols beauty SOS area including nails, beauty and hair technicians on hand. Perfect your beauty techniques with advice from Harvey Nichols finest beauticians or just sit back and be pampered whilst sipping on a cosmopolitan. For the gentleman, especially the MOD cocktail contingent, there is a chance to win  your very own Cocktails in the City Vesper Moped. Every person has the chance to win by entering the draw in each of the 4 regions that Cocktails in the City visits!

From 18.00 – 22.30 visitors will be able to enjoy food from the hippest operators in town Almost Famous. enjoy the soulful sounds of Manchester’s finest Danielle (Crazy P) and Neil Diablo of El Diablos Social Club who will both be playing on the decks, as the North Wests capital of cocktails makes and shake delicious cocktails with Manchester’s finest bars and bartenders. The Great Hall will be hosting Manchester’s top bars with some exciting new additions including news bars such as Elixir.

Without doubt Cocktails in the City is the UK’s greatest cocktail night, showcasing the greatest bars and the greatest cocktails with venues such as the luxurious Harvey Nichols bar, Alchemist, Manchester House, Epernay, party bars Mojo and Sandanista with many more involved it is an event not to be missed! Last year attracted the shows biggest ever crowd of cocktail enthusiasts, with over 1,500 cocktails made, and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Visitors will be able to enjoy practical cocktail demonstrations on the main stage within the great hall whilst Cocktails in the City hosts will be on the floor entertaining and educating in unique and interesting ways. Demonstrations include

  • 19:00 – 19:30: ‘Making cocktails at home’ – How to make amazing cocktails from common ingredients at home.
  • 20:00 – 20:30: Sours, Punches and Flips – Get to grips with three distinctive styles of cocktails and get creative with them.
  • 21:00 – 21:30: A very British affair – A selection of very British cocktails using  some of Britain’s best boutique spirits.

Founder Andrew Scutts comments:

 “the interactive nature of the event made it a great success in 2012 and 13. We’re delighted to welcome some new bars this year, and with the addition of food and music it’s now a complete night out.  The night epitomizes everything that is both educational and fun about the drinks industry. With every bar creating a little “pop up” it’s a great way to learn more about the art of drinking and bars in your area”.

To celebrate Manchester’s world beating cocktail scene the #ATOASTTO hash tag is once again launched with the aim of raising awareness of the bustling Manchester bar scene, with the city’s bars now being home to some of the world’s very best bartenders. You can follow Cocktails in the City news on twitter (@Cocktailsinthec)

Having never attended any of the previous events, but having heard the tales, it looks like it’s not to be missed…….and I’m sure there’ll be rum there………….there HAS to be rum……surely?!?

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