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Cheltenham Cocktail Week

Shaken not stirred?  Don't miss Cheltenham Cocktail Week this May!

The line-up of events for the first Cheltenham Cocktail Week in May has been confirmed.

The week, which runs from Monday May 15 to Sunday May 21, will see many of the town’s best-loved bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants coming together to celebrate the wide array of cocktails available in Cheltenham.

From the launch night, with rum cocktails from Cuba at Smokey Joes, through to a Champagne tea party at new Montpellier venue Door 4 on Saturday afternoon, there is something for everyone.

Venues across the town will also be selling The Fountain of Youth, a new gin cocktail specially created for Cheltenham Cocktail Week.

Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) is running the week with the support of Pernod Ricard UK.

The full line-up of events is confirmed as:

Monday May 15: Havana Rum Tasting Experience – cocktails, food and live music from blues and rock band The Desperados UK. 7pm, Smokey Joes, Bennington Street.

Tuesday May 16: A Night with Gin –create your own G & T plus a free “The Fountain of Youth” to the first 40 customers. 7pm, Lily Gins, Regent Street.

A Night with Martell, the Fourth Course – tasting menu plus pairing of the Martell Cognac Range. 7pm, Montpellier Wine Bar, Montpellier Street.

Wednesday May 17: Malt Match – the finest single malts paired with the finest craft beers. 7pm, Wild Beer, Cambray Place

Thursday May 18: The Art of Blending – taste grain whisky and single malts from the Highlands before making your own whisky to take home. 7pm, John Gordons, Montpellier Arcade.

Friday May 19: Friday night is Vodka night – bespoke Absolut creative cocktails on offer with free Welcome Cocktails for the first 100 guests. 8pm, Under the Prom, The Promenade.

Saturday May 20: An Afternoon Tea with Perrier Jouet – your favourite Champagne paired with an afternoon tea. 2pm, Door 4, Montpellier Walk.

The events at Lily Gins and Under the Prom are free. There are charges at other events where welcome cocktails and food are included. All events are being offered on a first-come, first served basis. Booking can be made via Eventbrite at bit.ly/CocktailEvents or on the Cheltenham Cocktail Week Page on Facebook.

Trade events will also be held to teach Cheltenham’s bartenders and bar staff new skills at venues including The Clarence Social and The Bierkeller.

BID Director Kevan Blackadder said: “The range of events we have lined up certainly caters for all tastes and it will also be a week when the town’s bar staff can refine their skills with help from expert mixologists.”

Ingredients of The Fountain of Youth: 50ml Beefeater Gin, 50ml Apple Juice, 20ml Lillet Blanc, 20ml Lemon Juice, 10ml Green Chartreuse, 1 Egg White (Optional), Angostura Bitters. The venue that sells the most glasses of The Fountain of Youth will be given a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Beefeater Distillery in London.

For the Method, see our video on the Cheltenham Cocktail Week Facebook page. Training can be provided on request from Jamie Campbell – contact campbell_jamie92@msn.com

See the video here.

Want to experience them all?  Then why not book accommodation in Cheltenham and spend a few days?  This is an event not to be missed!

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