God, I Love A Cocktail | Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017 Prelaunch at Redondo Beach Leeds

A little while ago, both me and Jamie were very kindly invited down to Redondo Beach Leeds to come and check out the prelaunch of Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017, and after having an amazing time drinking some delicious cocktails, I thought that I would tell you all about it.

What is Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017?

Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017, is a seven day festival that brings together some of Leeds’ finest venues for a week of events, parties, masterclasses, tasting experiences and £5 cocktails, that runs from the 5th June to the 11th June 2017.

What happened when I visited Redondo Beach Leeds.

Once we had finally arrived in Leeds, and had walked up Briggate, we eventually arrived at Redondo Beach Leeds, which is located on the top floor of Headrow House on the Headrow in Leeds City Centre.

Once we had both walked into the beautiful rustic yet modern looking Bar, we were very kindly greeted by Hayley, the incredibly nice woman who had invited us, and after a minute or so of us all saying hi and chatting about our blogs, she said that we should grab ourselves a drink from the Bar behind her, and join the others at the massive table in the corner. She then said that she hoped that we enjoyed ourselves, and we went over to get a drink from the Bar.

Once we had walked over to the Bar, a really friendly barman said hi, and offered us both a drink. He said that there were two to choose from, a delicious tropical Rumbullion Rum punch, or a refreshing Bathtub Gin Cocktail, and after a couple of seconds of us both chatting to the bar man we both eventually went for the Rumbullion Rum Punch, as neither of us are massive fans of Gin. Then with our drinks in hand, we walked over to the table in the corner and said hi to everyone else who was already there.

Then after about ten minutes of us all chatting and sipping our drinks, the really nice barman came over again and asked us all if we would like another drink, and because we had both said that we weren’t massive fans of Gin, he asked us if we would like to give it a try. Then after a couple more minutes of us all chatting and taking pictures of the beautiful bar, he returned with two Bathtub Gin Cocktails for both me and Jamie.

What I had to drink at Redondo Beach Leeds.

A small cylindrical tumbler glass full of some bright yellow liquid, a yellow lemon, and a sprig of mint, on a bright background.

A picture of the Rumbullion Rum Punch at Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017.

The first cocktail that I had to drink was a delicious Rumbullion Rum Punch, which contained Rumbullion Rum, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, and Tropical Sours.

I’m a massive fan of Rum, especially Rum Punch, as they’re always incredibly fruity, and this of course was no exception, as it tasted so fruity that I hardly noticed the Rum, and because the Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, and Tropical Sours were so strong, it just tasted like fruit juice.

A glass full of some cloudy silver liquid, a yellow lemon, and some leaves, on a bright background.

A picture of the Bathtub Gin cocktail at Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017.

The second cocktail that I had to drink was a refreshing Bathtub Gin cocktail, which contained Bathtub Gin, Thyme Syrup, Cloudy Apple Juice, and Soda Water.

I’m not usually a fan of Gin, as I just don’t like it’s taste, but this was absolutely delicious, and was so refreshing and fruity that it may have actually converted me to liking Gin.

Then after a couple more minutes of us all chatting and sipping our drinks, the founder of Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017 introduced himself and all of his team, and gave us a short introduction of how he launched the week long festival. He then said that we would be split into two groups, and that the first group would have a more in depth introduction and a question and answer session, whilst the second group would have a Gin tasting session. We would then swap so that everyone would get a chance to try the Gin Tasting session, and would then be taking part in a cocktail masterclass where we would be creating our very own cocktails.

We were in the first group, so after he had finished introducing himself and his team, they all came over to the table in the corner and started to tell us more about Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017 including his other events in both Manchester and Liverpool, and about some of the venues and brands that would be taking part in this years festival. Then once he had finished talking, we all moved over to an area opposite the bar and was introduced to a really nice barman called Woffie, who was there to talk to us about Gin. He told us about some of the different types of Gin from around the world, and also told us about some of his favourites, before letting us taste some Gin for ourselves.

A short cylindrical glass with a sugar rim full of some pink coloured liquid and a sprig of rosemary, on a bright background.

A picture of the Short and Dirty cocktail at Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017 by Culturebean.

Then after our group had finished the Gin tasting session, we were separated into two groups and shown to a little drinks station that they had created so we could create our very own cocktails. We had been given a mystery box that contained a selection of ingredients that amongst others contained Rumbullion Rum, and after the really nice man had talked to us about our ingredients and the best way to use them, we eventually created a cocktail that we called the short and dirty, which contained Rumbullion! Rum, Ginger Syrup, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, a Raspberry rolled in Mixed Spices, and a Mixed Spiced and Sugar Rim. Then after a couple of minutes of us creating our cocktails, it was time to present them to the judging panel and find out which one of the four cocktails that had been created was the best and would be on the menu throughout the entire festival. Unfortunately though, ours didn’t win, and we lost out to a cocktail called A Very Long Bath, which contained Bathtub Gin and a Jalapino Pepper infusion.

Then after finding out who had won, the evening started to draw to a close and we decided that it was time to head off. So after saying our goodbyes and thank you’s to all of the amazing team, we headed off back into Leeds to catch our train.

I had an amazing time checking out the prelaunch of Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017, and if you would like to find out more, including where you can purchase your entrance wristbands from which entitles you to entry to all of the weeks events as well as selected £5 cocktails, then you can find Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017 online here.

I would just like to thank both Redondo Beach Leeds and Leeds Loves Cocktails 2017 for having me and Jamie, and for hosting such a fantastic evening.

Have you ever been to a cocktails festival? What’s your favourite ever cocktail? Please let me know down below.

Luke x

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