Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Barts Balsamic Vinegar Cocktails

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Being asked if I'd like to come taste a new range of cocktails has to be my dream day. Well dream no more, as the ping of my inbox alerted me to the news that Barts had just launched a new range of cocktails and did I want to come try? Let me think about that one...

Pulling up "Somewhere on Sloane Avenue" as the website says, I thought maybe I'd feel confused after the cocktails, not before. Barts is a little secret speakeasy bar, where the test is to actually find it, however I'm going to give you a clue it's inside the Chelsea Cloisters apartment building- well they do have the reputation as London's worst kept secret, so I think its OK to help you.

Look out for the little plack by the lantern, and ring the door bell. 

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Be prepared to be met by a pair of judging eyes- just maybe less scary than this crazy one!

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Once in, welcome to a world of prohibition style oddity. Leave your stiff up lip at the door please.

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There is something about cocktails that I find so enticing, so glam, so sophisticated. The creativity behind the measures, the combinations and sheer art that goes into a master cocktail. So I was seriously intrigued by the proposal to put balsamic vinegar into cocktails. Vinegar? In cocktails? I looked over at my partner in crime with raised eyebrows. "Fear not ye of little faith", apparently, its a the trend of the moment in New York. Well if the big apple darlings are doing it, then here's to Uncle Bart's Gets Pickled menu. Bottoms up! 

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There are 3 signature cocktails on the menu.

We started with the Mon Cheri, a chocolate, cherry and  apple vinegar, with Grand Marnier and Pampero AƱejo. A sweet but rich flavour, it was rather unusual really, something very different to the standard fruit based cocktails. 

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Then we tried the Twelve Years, made from Woodford Reserve, infused with cooked apple and balsamic vinegar before dropping in a cube of sugar and some Bart's special apple bitters. This was quite a strong drink, and without sounding sexist, it was quite manly. Well I'll openly admit I'm a girly drinker. 

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Finally with The Queen of Tarts - a tart  Belvedere vodka Martini, muddled with strawberries, lemon juice, sugar and that home-made balsamic vinegar jam. I honestly died and went to heaven drinking this, it was incredibly juicy, refreshing, with a tart under-layer. I may have had a couple of those... 

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I may have been sceptical at first about balsamic in my drink, but I've certainly been converted. New York, I salute you!

Of course, already in cocktail tasting mode, me and Caroline decided to move onto their regular menu with the fabulously named Basil Fawlty Martinis, a basil, pineapple, Russian Standard vodka sensation!

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This cocktail tasting business is thirsty work.

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Who know's maybe I'll change career- professional cocktail taster. Well there certainly are worst jobs out there.

http://www.barts-london.com/
Secret location aka
Chelsea Cloisters
87 Sloane Ave
London
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8 comments

  1. What a couple of old drunkards! Haha! Good times :) xxx

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  2. Ah you're really living the dream m'dear!
    Sophie
    x

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  3. That place looks so much fun!
    Love all the quirks, the worst kept secret part, and, of course, the cocktails. Seems like you ladies had an amazing time!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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  4. What a lovely little hole in the wall! The cocktails look delicious! ;D & I'm loving the bold red blazer with screen t combo!

    <3 Carsla
    Founder & CEO of Connect-the-Cloths
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    A stylist, foodie, & writer's blog in development.

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  5. Ohhh....really nice photos!!!! Thank you for follow me in Bloglovin, now I follow you!!!!
    Kisses,
    Eni K.

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  6. I think professional cocktail drinker sounds like a pretty decent job. I love Caroline's face in the peephole! I also have to agree that I'm a rather girlie cocktail drinker too!

    Katie <3

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  7. Ooh the strawberry one sounds nice :)
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    xox

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