Now that I have sobered up and have just about recovered from my hangover, I can tell you all about the brilliant time I had at Blythswood Square Salon bar on Sunday evening with Yelp Glasgow.
Following on from Yelp Glasgow’s delicious Pizza week a few months ago, community manager Briony has given us Cocktail week – she’s the best like that!
An entire week dedicated to the wonderful mixologists you can find in Glasgow is always going to be a hit with me.
As part of Cocktail week Briony set up a whole host of fun cocktail masterclasses for us to enjoy, and being the lucky girl that I am I got to go to the Blythswood Squares Salon Bar to partake in a few cocktails. This just goes to show you how well Bri knows me because the Blythswood is my absolute favourite cocktail bar in Glasgow.
When we arrived we were seated at the bar (which I love) and got to meet our host and cocktail mixer genius, Jide. Who I instantly wanted to be BFF’s with. He told us all about the new Scottish inspired cocktail on offer in the Salon and how they had taken inspiration from local produce and ingredients…I couldn’t wait to get started.
First Jide introduced us to the Blythswood Belter, this is a light fizzy drink which features an Irn Bru Syrup (No, I’m not joking) Hendrick and Moet Rose. The drink was so pretty to look at and tasted peachy and slightly floral – this is absolutely the type of drink I would order to start my night.
Next up we got to try the 1898 Daisy, which is an homage to local distillery William Grant & Sons who started blending whisky in 1898. This was beautifully fresh and delicate, made with Balvenie Doublewood, Orange Bitters and Mozart Chocolate Bitters it tasted like liquid chocolate orange. I could literally drink this by the pint it was so good. I will definitely be back soon for more of this.
Lastly we were treated to a Pick Me Auch, which is the Blythswood take on the ever popular Espresso Martini. This was dark and rich, a perfect mix of Auchentoshan 12, Disaronno, Mozart Chocolate Bitters and Espresso. It was coffee heaven and a brilliant way to round off the experience, it felt like such a decadent drink.
We loved Jide even more when Mr Geek mentioned that he didn’t like coffee but loved tiramisu, Jibe set about creating off the top of this head a Tiramisu cocktail which tasted like a dream. He described it as an interactive cocktail – there was spoons of cream, gorgeous biscuit paste and the drink itself. It was AMAZING!!!!!! And it was so much fun watching him work.
Naturally I couldn’t leave without trying one of their Old Fashioned made with Bulliet Rye which is one of my favourite drinks at the moment. I am pleased to confirm that this was easily the best old fashioned I had ever had, by quite some way.
I have always loved the Salon Bar, but I think I now possibly love it even more. I have informed MrG that Cocktail Sunday at the Salon is now most definitely a thing! I can not wait to get back and try more of these utterly amazing drinks…..I just need to make sure my new buddy Jide is working first!