Hola to all my lovely followers,

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to The Botanist Chester, to sample their new cocktail and food menu and yet again they did not fail to amaze me. As this was my second blogger event for The Botanist Chester, it was captivating to see how their cocktails are made and how they have incorporated a botanical theme into their new range of cocktails.

During the evening we were treated to a cocktail masterclass, which was held by our own cocktail expert – Stella. The first cocktail that we got to make was the Pear & Kiwi Cup, which is from the pots and planters section of the menu – this is new to The Botanist’s menu and each of the cocktails are served in a teapot or a plant pot which incorporates the botanical theme. The Pear & Kiwi Cup is kiwi, lime and apple juice shaken up with Licor 43, pear cognac and green apple liqueur and also a splash of green tea, which was then served in a teapot and teacup. To finish off the drink, dry ice was added which made it seem as though the teapot was brewing – genius if you ask me. My first attempt at making a cocktail was not great, but I later redeemed myself when making a different one.

The second cocktail that we made was the Raspberry Disaronno Sour, which was my favourite of the two as it was a lot more sweeter. The cocktail was served in a planter and a conical flask. The cocktail contained raspberry purée, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, Disaronno and raspberry liqueur. To finish off our drinks, we garnished them with lemon thyme and little flowers (which were edible, but I’m not sure why you would eat them).

After making a mess behind the bar (in my case), but trying some amazing cocktails, we were taken upstairs to sample some of the new dishes on the menu. We sampled the following dishes:

  • Beetroot and Feta Dip with crudités
  • Lamb meatballs with smoky beans
  • Crispy Whitebait dusted with cayenne and served with saffron mayo
  • Chicken Ham and Leek Pie
  • Prosciutto, Watermelon and Feta salad with tomatoes, olives and fresh mint
  • Salt and Pepper Onion Petals with crème fraîch
  • Smoked Haddock Fondue with a herb crumb poached egg and fougasse bread (I did not realise this dish was haddock at the time and I’m not keen on fish, however this was so tasty).
  • Stilton, apple and walnut salad
  • Jerk Pork Chop
  • Tenderstem Broccoli with harissa and sesame seeds

All of the dishes were extremely tasty and each had a unique flavour.

The Botanist is an enchanting bar/restaurant, and they truly have brought the idea of creating a secret garden of food and drink to life. It is a place where antiquities and trinkets hang from the walls, and resident botanists craft unusual concoctions. I would highly recommend checking them out.

A huge thanks to Jordan for the invite and for The Botanist for having us.

Lots of love,

Zoe xoxo