Possibly the worst kept secret in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter, is now one of the UK’s leading cocktail bars, and it’s kicking off 2019 in style with an epic new cocktail menu…
Science and Industry is accessed through a “secret” staircase embedded in a wall of wine crates. With a bluesy soundtrack, dark wood panelling and copper-topped tables, it seems on the surface like any other “modern speakeasy”. Behind a library of miniature spirit bottles however, hides a lab and kitchen, packed with equipment that would make any Chemistry lecturer jealous – and it is here that all the hard work happens.
Led by Karl Stanley and Sam Taylor, Bar Manager and Head Bartender respectively, the team behind the gaff’s new menu are regular fixtures (and winners) in cocktail competitions both national and international.
The bar itself has achieved shortlist places for The Observer’s Best Place To Drink 2018, Imbibe UK’s Bar Team of the Year 2019 and was crowned Bar of the Year at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2018).
Adam Wilson, Head of Menu Development says:
“The Science of Simplicity is a concept I’ve played around with for a while. The notion of using these incredible tools we have to produce drinks that, while looking pretty “normal”, have a lot of technique behind them, and a huge amount of expertise and effort going on behind the scenes. Something I try to stick to throughout my work is the idea that your guests don’t need to know how much you know – they just need to benefit from it. This list is the embodiment of that philosophy.
“We create a lot of flavour using the lab, and batch ingredients together in advance to reduce the number of movements required for each drink, as well as recycling a lot of ingredients: Making syrups and aromatic sprays from offcut citrus peels, and using fruits for infusions, then preserving them to create a garnish for that same drink.”
Here are some highlights from the new menu…
10,000 Points on Tetris
Featuring Plantation OFTD Rum, El Dorado 8 Year Old Rum, Pimento P/X, Esprit de Figue, Mancino Rosso Vermouth this one is a luxuriously complex rum old fashioned – one for the brave of heart!
Sage-infused Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac, Red Grape Shrub, Fresh Lemon Juice, Syrup – this is a simple but effective take on the classic Sour. The combination of fresh herbs, rich, honeyed brandy and fresh red grape evokes aromas of the French countryside and is simply divine.
Plantation 3 Star Rum | Takamaka Bay Coconut Rum | Pinot-Coco Syrup | Clarified Lime – a sleek, silky-smooth interpretation of this all-time tropical favourite.
The bartender’s fave – it features a special edition agricole rum, lending the spirit a vaguely saline saline note alongside the grassy tones.
A brand new gin in this number uses a a first-flush Darjeeling (read: the champagne of teas) as its primary botanical alongside juniper. Expect extra-dry savoury notes.
We can’t wait to try them all…