Cocktails at The Botanist.
Have you tried the herbs infused cocktails at The Botanist? I am a huge fan of anything herbal; I love herbal teas, I love herbs in food, and I specially love herbs and drinks. For that reason it was probably inevitable that on my birthday 32, groan I chose to take my mum to try out some of the botanical cocktails available at The Botanist on Temple Street.
I’m no stranger to this bar – having actually attended the launch way back when – and it has remained somewhere that I enjoy visiting on a Sunday afternoon. It’s always a little bit too busy for me on Friday or Saturday night (read: it’s always rammed and stresses me out) but on a weekday afternoon or a Sunday lunchtime it’s a dreamy spot to enjoy casual cocktails.
The entrance is beautiful and is a popular spot for a drink and a chat as it’s less noisy than the bar itself. It’s a light and airy bar-come-restaurant that has some pretty spectacular ceiling lights which (if you’ve not seen) are worth a visit for alone.
My usual favourite go-to is the Gin Southside (£6.95) which is a small but mighty bloody strong gin based cocktail with plenty of aromatics and basil, as well as lemon and gin. If you like strong gin-based cocktails you’ll love this!
Anyway. This time I opted for a herby and spicy combo: the Thai Chilli Crush (£7.75). Made with Tanqueray gin, fresh red chillies, Thai basil, apple and lemon juice, and green apple liqueur, not only is it absolutely delicious, it looks truly stunning. A big thumbs up.
The Strawberry and Cucumber Breeze (£7.95) is also a refreshing cocktail worth trying, with the strawberry purée, mint and cucumber mixed with vanilla sugar syrup and gin. The additional strawberry liqueur adds a delicious depth and the drink is made as a long cocktail with apple, cranberry and lemon juice to boost the flavour punch.
The Lemon and Jasmine Collins (£6.95) is also a refreshing treat with hum of thyme running through it.
If you’re into your cocktails, and you enjoy the fresh herby flavours of basil and rosemary this is definitely a cocktail menu you need to take a look at. Both my mum and I found various flavour combinations we had never thought off and agreed that whilst not being the cheapest of cocktails (some come in just under £10) they were definitely some of the best we had experienced in Birmingham.
I watched the bartenders tentatively make each one of our drinks and I realised when the bar is less busy it’s really reflected in the quality and presentation of the drinks.
14-16 Temple Street, Birmingham, B2 5BG
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