Exeter’s new make-your-own cocktail experience

PUBLISHED: 16:15 09 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:15 09 November 2015

Everything you need to create your perfect coacktail

Everything you need to create your perfect coacktail


Catherine Bird tries out a new make-your-own cocktail experience at Artigianos in Exeter

Catherine and her friend Izzy Petrie try their cocktailsCatherine and her friend Izzy Petrie try their cocktails

I went with a few girlfriends to Artigianos on Exeter High Street - a trendy coffee bar by day and stylish wine and cocktail bar by night - to sample their new make-your-own cocktail experience, and I didn’t leave disappointed. Actually, we all left feeling we’d been treated like queens, and a little tipsy.

We were shown to our table by Matthew, our cocktail expert for the evening, where we found a tray piled high with bottles and ingredients, and a little recipe book.

After being talked through what to do we were left to our own devices, but Matthew remained on hand to help. There were three seasonal drinks each available, like a sort of alcoholic three course meal.

The first, our aperitif, was a Siberian Route mixing vodka, plum sake, pomegranate and freshly squeezed lime juice, shaken up with ice and served in a Coupette Glass with a lime slice on the side. It was both classy and very refreshing.

Next up was a Mojito with a twist. Strawberry liqeur, white rum, sugar syrup, mint leaves and chillies, yes real chillies, all crushed together in the glass. Caution, don’t be the one with streaming eyes who can’t finish their drink - two chillies will most likely be more than enough.

For dessert, a milkshake with a kick to it. This White Russian was our favourite, flavoured with coffee liqueur and vanilla syrup, served in a mini milk bottle and accompanied by freshly baked cookies.

It took us about two hours to make and drink our cocktails, but you can take as long as you like. The live music was first class, giving the whole bar a buzzing atmosphere, and the singer was fantastic.

I would definitely recommend the cocktail experience, and at £20 a head for three delicious drinks, and your own little lesson in how to make them, great music as well as friendly and attentive staff, all making for a relaxed and enjoyable evening, there’s really no excuse not to give it a go.

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