The Science Of A Good Cocktail | The Botanist Trinity Leeds Summer 2017 Menu Preview

A couple of weeks ago, both me and Jamie were very kindly invited down to The Botanist Trinity Leeds to come and check out their Summer 2017 menu, and after having a fantastic time drinking some delicious cocktails, I thought that I would tell you all about it.

What is The Botanist Trinity Leeds.

The Botanist Trinity Leeds, is a botanical themed Bar and Restaurant that serves a range of quirky cocktails, delicious food, and over 50 different types of Gin, in the heart of Leeds.

What happened when I visited The Botanist Trinity Leeds.

Once we had arrived in Leeds, and had done a little bit of shopping, we eventually headed to The Botanist Trinity Leeds, which is located inside Trinity Leeds, and is next to Burger King on Boar Lane in Leeds City Centre.

Once we had walked into the beautiful Garden themed Restaurant, we were both very kindly greeted by a really nice woman, who said hi, and asked us if we were ok. We said hi back, and that we were here for the Summer 2017 menu preview, and after a second or so of her checking her guest list, she showed us to a table at the back of the Restaurant with some really high comfy Leather chairs. She then asked us if we would like a Strawberry and Elderflower Bellini, to which we of course said yes, and with our drinks in hand, we just sat and chatted to a few of the other bloggers including Kellie and Lizi who were also there.

Then after a little while of us all chatting and sipping our drinks, we all moved behind the Bar to watch masterclasses of each delicious and interesting cocktail been made, as well as also giving them a little taste.

What I had to drink at The Botanist Trinity Leeds.

A large champagne flute full of some pale pink coloured liquid and a strawberry on the Rim of the glass on a light brown wooden table, on a dark background.

A picture of The Botanist Trinity Leeds Strawberry and Elderflower Bellini.

The first thing that I had to drink was their Strawberry and Elderflower Bellini, which contained Prosecco, Elderflower Syrup, and pieces of Strawberry.

I really liked this, as I thought that the Elderflower Syrup and pieces of Strawberry added a gorgeous sweet Summer taste to the sharp Prosecco, and made it the perfect drink to have on a scorching hot Summer’s day.

A short clear cylindrical tumbler glass full of some clear ice cubes and some orange coloured liquid next to a scientific bottle full of some bright green coloured liquid on a light wooden table, on a dark background.

A picture of The Botanist Trinity Leeds Rhubarb and Gin Old Fashioned.

The next thing that I had to drink was their Rhubarb and Gin Old Fashioned, which contained Portobello Road Gin, Rhubarb Syrup, a pinch of Black Pepper, and pieces of blow torched Grapefruit Zest.

I wasn’t really a fan of this, as i’m not really a lover of Gin, and thought that it tasted incredibly sour. I did like that they used some interesting ingredients and techniques to create it though, like adding a pinch of Black Pepper, and blow torching the Grapefruit Zest.

A pale pink hand holding a large stemmed Martini glass full of some deep red coloured liquid and a layer of frothy white egg white foam, on a dark background

A picture of The Botanist Trinity Leeds Poppy Seed and Pomegranate Martini.

The next thing that I had to drink was their Poppy and Pomegranate Martini, which contained poppy Seed Liqueur, Pomegranate Liqueur, Raspberry Vodka, Raspberry Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Egg White, and Basil.

I absolutely loved this, as i’m a massive fan of anything that tastes of Pomegranate. I was a little worried about the Poppy Seed Liqueur and Egg White though, but I thought that the Poppy Seed Liqueur just added a nice touch of smokiness to everything, whilst the Egg White added a gorgeous silky texture to the entire drink. I was also a little worried that both the Raspberry Vodka and Raspberry Liqueur would make everything taste of Raspberry, but it was actually very subtile, and counterbalanced the sourness of the Pomegranate Liqueur perfectly.

A large light wooden plant pot filled with some clear ice cubes, some black straws, and a cocktail hidden beneath some dry ice on a light wooden bar, on a dark background.

A picture of The Botanist Trinity Leeds Raspberry and Disaronno Sour.

The next thing that I had to drink was their Raspberry and Disaronno Sour, which contained Raspberry Puree, Lemon Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Disaronno, and Raspberry Liqueur, all served in a Dry Ice filled Plant Pot.

I was really looking forward to this one, because as you know, Disaronno is one of my favourite drinks, but I was really disappointed with it, as the Raspberry Puree, Raspberry Liqueur, and Pomegranate Juice, kind of overpowered everything, which meant that I couldn’t really taste the Disaronno. I really like that they served it in a Dry Ice filled Plant Pot though, as I thought that it was really quirky and interesting.

A long stemmed Martini glass full of some bright green coloured liquid and a layer of frothy white egg white foam on a wooden table, on a dark background.

A picture of The Botanist Trinity Leeds Velvet Green.

The last and final thing that I had to drink was their Velvet Green, which contained Cloudy Apple Juice, Green Apple Liqueur, Kiwi, Tanqueray Gin, Egg White, and Lemon Juice.

I was actually rather surprised by this, as even though i’m not a massive fan of Gin, this had to be my favourite drink of the entire evening. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to taste the Kiwi though, as it contained both Cloudy Apple Juice and Green Apple Liqueur, but luckily I could, and they both muted the taste of the Gin into the background brilliantly. Which is probably why I loved it so much.

Then once we had finished watching all of the masterclasses and tasting each delicious cocktail, we moved over to another table with some really long benches, and had a few things to eat.

What I had to eat at The Botanist Trinity Leeds.

A bunch of Golden brown crispy oval onion petals next to some square white napkins and a little white circular pot of Creme Fraiche on a wooden table, on a dark background.

A picture of The Botanist Trinity Leeds Onion Petals and Creme Fraiche.

The first thing that I had to eat was their Onion Petals served with Crme Fraiche.

These were essentially a cross between an Onion Ring and an Onion Loaf, and were crispy around the edges, whilst still being gorgeously fluffy and stodgy in the middle. They also went beautifully with the dip that they served them with, which was kind of a cross between a Mayonnaise and Sour Cream, and tasted so nice that I couldn’t stop eating it.

The last and final thing that I had to eat was their Homemade Hummus Board with Crudites and Fougasse Bread.

As you already know, i’m a massive fan of Hummus, and this had to be the nicest Hummus that i’ve eaten in a while, as not only did it have a really nice texture to it, but it also had a delicious zesty aftertaste that went brilliantly with the crunchy pieces of Carrot, Celery, and Cucumber that they had served it with. I also really liked the Fougasse Bread, as not only was it gorgeously crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, but it also went really nicely with the Creme Fraiche from the Onion Petals that I couldn’t stop eating.

Then once we had finished eating all of the delicious food, we just sat and chatted with a few of the other bloggers who were also at our table, before the evening started to draw to a close. So we said our goodbye’s and thank you’s to all of the incredible staff, and started to head off. But before we could, the wonderful woman who had invited us handed us a bag full of vouchers, and said that we could choose a few things from their pop up florist outside to take home with us. We then went outside and I chose a lovely Succulent as well as a nice bunch of Flowers, and Jamie chose a beautiful Aloe Vera plant, and with our plants and Flowers in hand, we headed off back into Leeds to catch our train.

I had an amazing time checking out The Botanist Trinity Leeds Summer 2017 menu, and if you would like to find out more, including how to book your very own table, then you can find The Botanist Trinity Leeds online here.

I would just like to thank The Botanist Trinity Leeds for having both me and Jamie, and for hosting such a fabulous evening.

Have you visited The Botanist Trinity Leeds yet? What did you have? What’s your favourite Summer cocktail? Please let me know down below.

Luke x

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