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This Honey Cocktail’s Been Created To Honour Manchester’s Worker Bee

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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? 

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