I really would struggle to think of a better way to spend a very cold and windy Saturday afternoon, than mixing gorgeous cocktails in the glamorous confines of Bar Opus, based at Birmingham’s One Snowhill. One of the city’s newest destinations when it comes to cocktails, Bar Opus is in a part of the city that is currently experiencing vast changes, as the Midland Metro route is being expanded through the business district.
Bar Opus has an extensive cocktail menu, and offers a one hour mixing masterclass for £15 per person, I was invited along to have a go at mixing two different cocktails, and must admit to being a little apprehensive, I’m far more used to drinking them than mixing them, and had visions of ice flying everything. Thankfully, I really enjoyed it and didn’t embarrass myself, although I don’t think The Bar Wizards will be losing any sleep.
Bar Opus is a stunning place, bright and airy, with floor to ceiling windows perfect for people watching. There are plenty of tables perfect for drinks with friends or an afternoon snack. I love the stylish decor, which has a black and white theme, complete with a Big Ben style clock face that should have Harold Lloyd hanging from it (check out 1920s film Safety Last if you think I’ve slightly lost it). The outside terrace is a lovely place to relax with a refreshing cocktail or two come Summer, and I will certainly be returning to do this when the weather is kind again. For now, I will have to be content with a cocktail that is a total taste of Summer…but more of that later.
The first cocktail we attempted was a delicious honey and vanilla concoction called the honey bee. This is a shaken cocktail that gave me the chance to channel my inner Tom Cruise, and consists of 50ml of Jim Beam Honey(even the smell is delicious), 25ml Monin Vanilla,1/2 Bottle Vanillalicious (sort of like a vanilla milkshake, and honey and honeycomb as garnish. This was a delicious, almost warming cocktail, perfect for winter days. Beware though, it has a slight milkshake flavour which may make you forget the hit of alcohol. I loved this and totally drained my glass.
The second cocktail is that taste of summer I was talking about. I love Elderflower, I find it one of the most refreshing drinks especially when topped with ice, and this cocktail, the Elderflower Spritz, is Elderflower overload. Made with 50ml of Chase Elderflower Vodka, this is a refreshing long drink that is a top up and stir cocktail that is reviving and refreshing. The rest of the ingredients are 25ml Elderflower cordial, 12.5ml Fresh lemon juice. The cocktail is then topped up with fevertree elderflower tonic. It is amazing. My new favourite drink.
The masterclass was super fun, and if this wasn’t enough, we were then treated to a delicious array of afternoon tea delights, both sweet and savoury, and a fruit punch served in pewter style tankards. It was a fantastic accompaniment to the diverse and delicious cocktails.
*With thanks to Bar Opus and Clive Reeves PR for the invitation.
To find out more about events happening at Bar Opus at One Snowhill, visit: www.baropus.co.uk.