Vermouth served classically
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Preview: Cocktails in the City, Leeds

Cocktails in the City is an extravaganza of boozy delights, and this year it’s coming to Leeds Town Hall on the evenings of 6th and 7th April. Having never been to it before, I headed out for a preview event to find out more about it…

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We were taken on a magical mystery tour of Leeds, starting in the Basque-inspired tapas restaurant, Pintura. This is a place I’ve never been too, but I’m definitely going to have to go back for a full visit. To start, they gave us all a somewhat swanky glass of vermouth, served classically with ice, orange and an olive.

Vermouth served classically
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Photo by Jo Murricane

I was snapped checking out the Lustau Vermouth bottle…

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Photo by: https://www.instagram.com/tomjoyphoto

Next we were served a glass of sherry (I love sherry – please try it – there’s so much more than Croft Original to enjoy) along with a board of charcuterie and cheese.

Watch out for Pintura’s tapas and sherry pop-up restaurant at Cocktails in the City – it’s going to be darned tasty.

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Photo by: https://www.instagram.com/tomjoyphoto

We were soon on our feet and heading to Smokestack. Once we arrived, Lee took us through the history of gin and tonic water (it had never clicked with me that tonic water was medicinal originally… but the clue’s in the name, right?). He then served us up a Bathtub gin mixed with homemade carbonated tonic water. It was strong and delicious. I loved the amount of ginger in the tonic water with the fresh lemon. (Lee also added a star anise, which I whisked out as quickly as possible – star anise is not for me.) It wasn’t hard to pick up on the passion Lee has for what he does. The G&T event that will be held in the clock tower at Cocktails in the City is going to be amazing (if you’re prepared to climb 200+ stairs, which I definitely am).

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