There’s always a first thing for everything. I’ve finally been to one of Leeds’ Champagne Bars – Épernay in Electric Press. They’re launching a new cocktail menu, which I was one of the first few to be shown to and I also got to sample some of their signature drinks.
It’s an extended menu; including sparkling, short, long and straight up drinks. The whole team behind Épernay has played a part putting it together. I really like that they’re involving all their staff when picking out the drinks that they will serve to customers. Their new menu has been tailored to suit people who want to let their taste buds escape to different countries and explore new cultures. There’s bound to be something for everyone and if you quite can’t afford a trip abroad but want to experience something different, go here!
These are the three cocktails bartender Tom talked us through whilst showing us how to make:
For the hydrated
The first drink we were served is called ‘Blue Grass Smash’. It’s very simple but yet refreshing so if you’re thirsty – this drink is for you. I really liked the taste and aslo the look of it. Ingredients: Zubrowka, Blueberry Syrup and Mint Leaves.
For the sweet tooth
The second cocktails is Épernay’s take on a perfect party drink. For me, ‘Pink Koko’ too sweet. It looks lovely and cool, almost like the 80’s, but after one it’s far too sickly. If you love rum, coconut and raspberries together, this is for you. Ingredients: Koko Kanu, Orgeat and Raspberries.
For the tired
My favourite drink of the night is actually recommended to consume on the day after, when you’re hungover. ‘The Morning After’ is a refreshing drink which smells amazing. Anything citrus like always do. Ingredients: Apricot Briotte, Portobello Road Gin and Fresh Grapefuit.
The preview event was really well organised with fizzy welcome drinks (the bubbles went straight to my head) a media pack full of useful information and a clear agenda for the evening. Every drink was accompanied with a canapé but I was to full to try any of them. They all looked lovely so I took the time to at least take some pictures.
I really like the bar, full of picturesque details and of course, decorated to it’s teeth with champagne bottles. If you only fancy a glass of fizz, Épernay is the place to be.
Have you been to Épernay in Leeds? Which country would you like to escape to this year?