Royal Institution – Audubon Swizzle
This tall cocktail is named in honour of JJ Audubon, the world-famous New York painter, ornithologist and former RI exhibitor who features largely in the private members’ club – a huge version of his pink flamingo greets guests in the hallway.
The Audubon Swizzle (£11) is described by Royal Institution’s cocktail masters as “an intellectual mojito without the mint” so if you’re a fan of regular mojitos prepare to take the love to a new level.
It’s served long with smooth Diplomatico Mantuano Venezuelan rum, Falernum (that’s a sweet tropical syrup with lime and ginger), Banane du Bresil liqueur, clementine, lime and coffee bitters.
Furnival’s Well – Captain Cuttle’s Cure All
It’s hard to say exactly what this rum favourite will cure, but who cares? The fun is in finding out …
Furnival’s Well, in the old Bridewell, specialises in unusual cocktails, and twists on classics, and Captain Cuttle’s Cure All (£7.50) – from its ‘rich and prosperous’ cocktail menu – is one of its signature rum-based cocktails.
Order up a colourful blend of aged rum, Benedictine, pineapple, orange, demerara, lemon and a cherry on top and you’ll feel like you’ve sailed to the tropics without ever leaving Campbell Square.
Miyagi Allerton & Ormskirk – Ghetto Geisha
Mr M’s cocktail team loves to exert a little Pan-Asian influence over the drinks menu so expect to discover plenty of amazing Japanese flavours you’ve never tried before.
The Miygroni (which features plum sake) is a perfect example of a tinkered with classic, but the Ghetto Geisha (£6.50) is a real beauty too.
Make a date with a Ghetto Geisha and you’ll enjoy pineapple, coconut water, lychee, Havana 3-year rum and coconut rum, all dressed up with a pretty flower on top.
Aloha – Basil Faulty
It’s got a comedy name and tequila in it so what’s not to love about the star of Aloha’s fruity cocktail menu?
The Basil Faulty (£7) is described by Aloha’s lei-wearing bar team as “a fruity Mexican punch with a tequila twist” and it’s served long over ice so it’s the perfect summer cooler.
Hula off to Hawaii while they mix you up tequila, mango, lime, grapefruit, agave and basil (of course, or there’d be no joke!)
Jenny’s – Absolute Disco
Jenny’s is known as Liverpool’s best secret basement disco, tucked away in the business district – so it’s only right that one of its signature cocktails is a glittery 70s-style stunner.
Absolute Disco even comes served in its own mirror disco ball tall glass, so cocktails don’t come much more fabulously sparkly kitsch than this.
It tastes pretty great too thanks to a combination of vodka, crème de mure blackberry liqueur, lemon, sugar and soda water. Get your best dancing shoes on and one of these in your hand and it’s a guaranteed disco-tastic night.
Dia + Noche – Café G&T
Decisions, decisions … nobody really wants to have to choose between a coffee and a gin & tonic, and thanks to the kind folk at Dia + Noche you don’t have to.
The bar’s drinks developer Glyn has created a Café G&T which combines the best elements of both in a lovely refreshing – and unmistakably coffee tasting – cocktail.
The highlight of the Café G&T is Dia + Noche’s house gin, Larios, infused with coffee beans for 24 hours, which is then mixed with Mediterranean tonic and slice of orange.