Time to shake things up at Sussex Cocktail Week Brighton News

From glamorous Cosmopolitans to playoff Negronis, everyone loves a good cocktail, writes Nick Mosley.

This September is the perfect time to savor your favorite drink and extend your palate with the return of Sussex Cocktail Week.

A wide variety of venues participate in the weeklong promotion in Worthing, Brighton and Hove and Bolney.

Each will offer up to three cocktails at the promotional price of £ 7 with drinks available for everyone to buy and enjoy.

Well known Brighton cocktail bars include Gungho! in Preston Street, Twisted Lemon and Twisted Lime in Middle Street and Merkaba at the My Brighton hotel in Jubilee Street.

Many food-focused companies will also be opening their doors to show off their mixing and shaking skills.

In nearby Worthing, Pitch by Kenny Tutt, Macmillans and The Whiskey Rooms join the lineup, demonstrating the growth of upscale hospitality in the city in recent years.

“Our goal with Sussex Cocktail Week is to showcase the many quality local distilleries and drink producers that we have in the county, as well as the high standards of cocktails and bartending,” said co-organizer Nathalie Gomez de Vera. .

“Even despite the pressures of the pandemic, the local cocktail bar scene continues to strengthen.

“With so much to choose from, our region really sets itself apart from the much bigger cities in the UK and abroad.”

G&H Spirits, based in Steyning, joins the Sussex line of spirits brands.

The Argus: Meet the Producers at the Sussex Wine & Spirits Festival at the My Brighton Hotel (credit Julia Claxton)Meet the Producers at the Sussex Wine & Spirits Festival at the My Brighton Hotel (credit Julia Claxton)

The company was launched earlier this year and sees Sussex Cocktail Week as the perfect platform to showcase its range of three gins to both bartenders and consumers.

“As a new Sussex-based brand, Cocktail Week is not only brilliant for brand awareness, but it also gives us the opportunity to showcase our Initial Gin range by collaborating with the best of Sussex a to give away, “said Katie Overton-Hart, director of G&H. Spirits.

“The creative approach to beverage design – by some of the country’s top mixologists – is exceptional and brings the consumer to G&H Spirits closer than ever before in a dynamic and unique offering with bespoke cocktails available during the week.”

In addition to the Sussex Cocktail Week promotional menus, there are also a number of other one-off drink-related events under the banner of the Bite Sussex fall food and drink festival.

A growing trend in the UK bar industry is the rise of ‘no-lo’ which are low-alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks but still have all the taste and sophistication of spirits. traditionally distilled.

Brighton’s Mixology group will be showcasing all that’s going on with their SoberStars event on Thursday 16th September at the Mixology School of Bartending.

L'Argus: Taste the new range of gins from G&H SpiritsTaste the new range of gins from G&H Spirits

It’s a fun and interactive evening to introduce cocktail and spirits lovers to the pleasures of alcohol-free drinking alongside like-minded people and includes a masterclass on how to make the perfect drink at home.

“Being at the forefront of the beverage industry over the past 20 years, we have watched the emergence of the alcohol free and low alcohol category,” said Zoe Cunliffe, co-director of Mixology Group. “It has grown particularly rapidly over the past three years.

“There are now more alternatives to spirits, beer and wine than ever before.

“Our SoberStars networking session will showcase these products and teach you how to create delicious cocktails with them while giving you the chance to make new contacts… and wake up hangover free.

To close Sussex Cocktail Week, the My Brighton hotel is hosting the Sussex Wine and Spirits Festival on Sunday, September 19.

With nine local distilleries and vineyards alongside guest distilleries from Scotland and the Netherlands, there are two paid sessions priced at £ 10 each which provide guests with a welcome drink and two hours to sample fine spirits, ciders and wines, the chance to talk to the producers themselves and also buy drinks to take home.

“The Merkaba Bar team are really looking forward to hosting the event,” said My Hotel General Manager Adam Rice.

“We have always focused on the use of local and sustainable products. Now that the bar has reopened, it’s great to be able to present the place again, especially alongside industry colleagues from all over Sussex who share our philosophy.

Sussex Cocktail Week is part of the larger fall food and drink festival Bite Sussex with one-off culinary events and food trails at affordable prices that run in parallel from Friday September 10 through Sunday September 19.

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