Manchester’s worker bee is our emblem and our pride.
And now it’s given way to an awesome cocktail.
The ‘Bee-Have’ has been unleashed by Malmaison’s cocktail team as one of 15 new cocktails inspired by the cities that are home to each of the brand’s hotels.
From Aberdeen to Reading, the bar teams at each Malmaison have designed a cocktail that they feel best represents their city.
In Manchester the ‘Bee-Have’ has honey as the key player in a Hendrick’s Gin cocktail.
They’ve also added ginger ale and lemon give it a refreshing touch, whilst egg white makes it deliciously creamy.
The other drinks include:
Liverpool – Ginger McCain
Two types of Rum and a dash of Cointreau form the basis of this tropical cocktail, topped with orange bitters, lime, grenadine, pineapple and ginger beer. It celebrates the famed horse trainer from Merseyside, Ginger McCain, and his horse, Red Rum – the only horse to win three grand nationals
Belfast – Irish Maid
The Irish Maid is made with Bushmills Irish Whiskey, cucumber, lime, mint and sugar – delicious
Leeds – The Rhubarb Triangle
With Slingsby Rhubarb Gin, lemon, honey, apple, Mediterranean Tonic, more rhubarb and rosemary, Leeds’ cocktail gives a nod to the city’s history. At one point Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield (the rhubarb triangle) were responsible for producing 90% of the world’s rhubarb
Birmingham – Rum Chocolate Rum
Paying homage to the birthplace of Cadbury’s, which began in Birmingham’s Bull Street in 1824 as just one person selling tea, coffee and hot chocolate, the Rum Chocolate Rum features Hacana Especial, Pussers Blue Label rum, Crème de Cacao, bitters and, of course, chocolate
Edinburgh – Firkin Brilliant
The Firkin Brilliant celebrates the leigh-based Firkin Oak Aged Gin. A delicate mix of bitters, apple, honey, lemon and soda, it’s a truly refreshing tipple
Dundee –The 3 Js
Named after the “Jute, jam and journalism’ epithet that the city earned itself during the industrial revolution, The 3 Js features Glenfiddich 12yr mixed with lemon, sugar, egg white and bitters
Newcastle – Grey Street Sour
Absolyut Elyx with elderflower, lemon, Earl Grey Tea and egg white. Not only did Charles Grey, second Earl Grey gave his name to the world famous tea, he was also a member of parliament for the Northumberland constituency before he became prime minister in 1830. His statue sits in Grey Street in Newcastle
Glasgow – Auchentoshan & Ale
Affectionately known as “Glasgow’s malt whisky’, Auchentoshan’s sweet and delicate tones are perfectly matched with a Scottish Ale
Brighton – Walking on the Beaches
Inspired by the Strangler’s single ‘Peaches’, said to have been written on Brighton beach, the cocktail’s name is taken from the line “Walking on the beaches looking at the peaches”. It’s a peachy twist on the traditional Aperol Spritz, with added Rinquinquin Peach and grapefruit
Aberdeen – Granite City
Chivas Regal 12, which was first sold in Aberdeen before it was available anywhere else in the world, takes centre stage here. Mixed with chamomile, lemon, honey and egg white
Cheltenham – Cotswold Julep
Taking the traditional drink from one of the largest horse races in America, the Kentucky derby, and giving it a Cheltenham races twist – the Cotswold Julep features Cotswold-based William Chase Gin, as well as St Germain Liquer, Lillet Rose, mint, soda and sugar
London – Gin Gin Mule
What else but King of Soho Gin? Mixed with lime, mint, ginger beer and sugar – need we say more?
Oxford – Fletcher’s Porridge
It’s now a luxury hotel but Malmaison Oxford previously served as a prison, and was used as the setting for the iconic sitcom Porridge. The cocktail pays tribute to the show’s main character, Norman Fletcher, and features oat infused Absolut Blue, Licor 43, Tia maria, Frangelico and cream
Reading – Paddington’s Martini
Michael Bond, the author behind Paddington Bear, was bought up in Reading and has said it inspired his work, so for this cocktail it has got to be marmalade. Marmalade with Absolut Mandarin, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, orange and lemon, to be precise
The cocktails cost £9 each and can be enjoyed at every Malmaison.
Which will you try?