Joining the Cosmopolitan Club

Had a pleasant time in Ha Ha bar & grill tonight. I had forgotten what time I was supposed to be there and accidentally arrived an hour early for the arranged meal with Sue. To fill the time I was therefore forced to try out a few cocktails – it was “happy hour” from 5pm-8pm, or “Cosmopolitan Club” as they call it, which meant prices were £3.50 each instead of £7. Seven quid for a cocktail… (although the bar staff did make lovely-looking and very tasty ones).

  • HONEY & HAZELNUT MARTINI

Stolichnaya Vanil vodka, cacao dark, Kahlúa, Frangelico, honey and a dash of cream, all shaken with ice, then served with a dusting of chocolate.

  • DUNE BUG

Malibu, Midori melon liqueur and créme de banane, shaken over ice, with pineapple juice and lime.

  • LEMONGRAD

Smirnoff Black and Grey Goose citron vodka, shaken with lemon juice and elderflower cordial, then topped with tonic.

The Martini was a challenge to drink as the honey formed a sludge at the bottom and was damned hard to suck up a straw. The trick was to put the end of the straw at the honey~booze boundary so that the cocktail washed the honey up the straw.

The Dune Bug had a green layer of Midori neatly positioned at the bottom which, unfortunately, quickly disappeared up the straw to leave a banana and pineapple cocktail. Maybe that’s the idea?

The Lemongrad was nice and refreshing – must try and make this one at home. Looking at the ingredients, though, it does just look like a fancy vodka & lemonade.

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