Located in Boston Spa, Tom Foolery is an independent bar with an exquisite cocktail selection.
Bee from Queen Beady writes a travel, style and lifestyle blog that’s based in Boston Spa. She says: “I’d thoroughly recommend Tom Foolery, my local, out in the countryside but not too far from York, Leeds and Harrogate. The spot is quirky and has their own signature cocktails that stray from the norm and they’re pretty reasonably priced too.”
If are a lover of a classic cocktail, then you’ll be happy to know they serve the usual concoctions, however, we recommend trying one of their innovative house cocktails. This includes the ‘Sorry Ms Jackson’ which consists of spiced rum, lemon, sugar and a drizzle of Chambord. Or if you’re after something a little fruitier enjoy the ‘Bahama-mama’ which includes Koko Kanu rum, orange, pineapple, lime and sugar.
The Alchemist is in two locations in Leeds, Trinity and Greek Street. The chain of bars is famous for its theatrical way of serving. The Alchemist tag line is that they are ‘a celebration of the unconventional, dark and controversial.’ The cocktails are made like potions, with smoke, bubbles and test tubes included. There is an extensive array of cocktails to choose from fruity flavours such as the ‘Battenberg’ made with Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, Wray & Nephew, lime, pineapple, passionfruit and almond air. Or lighter cocktails such as the ‘White Cosmo’ consisting of Ketel One vodka, St. Germain, Cointreau, lime and flowers.
Charlotte from Crunch Corner, a blog for food, lifestyle and travel, says The Alchemist is one of her favourite places to enjoy a cocktail: “If you’re serious about cocktails, then you’ll have to visit the specialists in molecular mixology. Be prepared for show and marvel, with cocktail experiments that will make your jaw drop.”
Rachel Nicole continues to comment: “I do love how some bars are experimenting with smoke, fire and dry ice in places such as The Alchemist. They make the whole experience more fun and exciting and they aren’t half delicious too!”
We also asked Charlotte from Crunch Corner to reveal what she thinks makes the perfect cocktail: “For me, what makes the ultimate cocktail are fresh ingredients that are well balanced and combined. Understanding and knowing how to craft the perfect popular tipple the way your customer likes it is key. When it comes to unusual flavours and concoctions, go full force ahead and innovate, pushing cocktail limits.”
What do you think the secret to a great cocktail is?
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