Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Cocktails at The Vic, St Andrews

Some of you might not know this but I work with my local tourist board in my lovely student town St Andrews.  Working with VisitStAndrews means I get to explore St Andrews, do lots of fun things and then get to blog about them.  

The other week I got to go on a little cocktail tour of St Andrews with my friend Sophie, I wrote a whole post for VisitStAndrews but I don't think it is live yet.  But I thought I would split it up into a mini series for Liquid Grain.  It was a lovely night, so a big thank you for VisitStAndrews for organising it and The Vic for having me.  

The Vic is always a go - to location in St Andrews, it's always super busy!  So we got there pretty early to miss the crowd and have a chat with the manager Steven about all the recent changes to the menu.  Thank you very much for having us Steven and putting up with our many, many questions!  


The menu in The Vic has always had plenty to choose from but now we're spoilt for choice!  There was new gins to the already extensive gin list like The Botanist and Tanqueray No 10 which was voted the best clear spirit in the world for four years running.  

As well as more traditional cocktails to pick from there is everything from gin based cocktails that come with that come in a little teacup and saucer set to skinny cocktails if you are on a diet, or you can mix your own punchbowl for £13.50!  

We were given what Steven thought was the best four drinks on the menu to showcase the new menu changes and they certainly showed how varied the new menu is!  

First up was the Pineapple and Black Pepper Margarita

And yes, it was as good as it sounds and looks!  This was your traditional margarita but with a punch.  Although don't worry it wasn't too spicy as I really can't take anything too spicy!  I really liked the twist The Vic put on a classic cocktail.  

Then we had the Basil and Vanilla Berry Cocktail 

This is quite possibly the healthiest tasting cocktail I've ever had.  It just tastes like a smoothie, although you probably shouldn't drink it first thing in the morning as the healthy elements were balanced out with some vodka!

Next the Swizzle Spice which arrived in a very cute miniature milk bottle 

The milk bottles are designed to be the cocktail answer to a single spirit - mixer.  Something a little different but still around the same price range at £3.50.  This one was very different, having a bit of a Christmassy kick.  This definitely came from the Sailor Jerry Rum mixed with Amaretto but had a fruity edge with the lime and cranberry juice.  

We finished off with a gin variation- the Garden and Tonic

You can pick your choice of gin to go in any of the variations to add your own twist to it but I think we had Tanqueray.  I must admit I am not a gin fan... I just don't like a G&T, but even after I confessed this to Steven he assured me I would like it and he was right.  This is the first G&T I've ever liked, it tasted so summery!  Although it wasn't your classic G&T it had elderflower, mint, cucumber and lime in there as well.  It was absolutely lovely!  

Then we were on to the next stop, next in the series to come soon!  Thanks to Steven and The Vic!
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