Win Tickets To This Year’s Liquor Market And The New G&J Greenall Book

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To celebrate the upcoming Liquor Market and the launch of the new book ‘G & J Greenall: A Spirited Story of Gin and Genius’, written by Richard Barnett and Violeta Ruiz Cuenca, I’ve five copies and five tickets to give away to spirit lovers everywhere!

The book looks into G&J Distillers, originally known as G&J Greenall, a company with more than 250 years of heritage, distilling superior spirits to perfection since 1761. The distillery in Warrington, North West England, is one of the oldest gin distilleries in the world and is the oldest continuous gin distillers in production today.

With archived photos, cocktail recipes created by myself, Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast, and a detailed look into both the 250 year history and production methods for one of the most recognisable gin brands in the UK, ‘G & J Greenall: A Spirited Story of Gin and Genius’ is perfect for amateurs and enthusiasts alike.

The Liquor Market is in its second year and will be held at Elixir Tonics & Treats on Deansgate in Manchester, Saturday 27th September. The perfect place to experience a wide variety of spirits, as well as learn hints and tips on how to enjoy at home. Local bartender and photographer Jamie Stephenson will also be on hand with a curation of his work.

To be in with a chance of winning a book and ticket, simply visit and tell me who founded the company that became G&J Greenall?
Follow @LiquorMarket and tweet your answer using the hashtag #GJDistillers. Terms and Conditions apply. You must be able to attend the Liquor Market on Saturday 27th September to claim your prize.

Good luck!


By entering this competition, you agree to the Terms and Conditions which can be found below.

You must be able to attend the Liquor Market on Saturday 27th September to claim your prize.

“By entering this competition, you agree to the following terms and conditions of entry: You are of legal drinking age and entering from and resident of the UK. The competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 21st September. To enter the competition, you must tell me who founded the company that became G&J Greenall, Follow @LiquorMarket and tweet your answer using the hashtag #GJDistillers. Five winners will be randomly selected from all complete & correct entries. One entry per person, no bulk or third party entries. The prize is one copy of the book ‘G & J Greenall: A Spirited Story of Gin and Genius’, written by Richard Barnett and Violeta Ruiz Cuenca, and one complimentary ticket to the Liquor Market, organised by Drinks Enthusiast. There are five prizes to be won, and no cash or prize alternatives. No purchase necessary. The winning entries will be drawn at random from all valid entries received before the deadline. The winner will be notified by email and no responsibility is taken for incorrectly supplied email addresses. You give consent for Drinks Enthusiast, G&J Distillers Greenall’s Gin to use your name and photograph on Drinks Enthusiast, G&J Distillers Greenall’s Gin website/social media, in association with this competition. Drinks Enthusiast reserves the right to amend, vary or withdraw the Competition at any time owing to circumstances beyond its reasonable control. This competition will be governed by laws of England & Wales. The Promoter: Drinks Enthusiast, 30 Gawsworth Close, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 7EG.

Countries eligible to enter the competition: United Kingdom only.

Competition closes on Sunday 21st September, the winner will be selected at random and notified on Monday 23rd September, with delivery of the prize on Saturday 27th September at Elixir Tonics & Treats, Manchester.

The Artisan Liquor Market Returns To The Manchester Food And Drink Festival

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The second instalment of the Liquor Market is coming back to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival this September 27th as artisan, craft and boutique spirits make their way to Elixir Tonics & Treats. First held at the annual festival last year, the success has prompted curator Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast to host another selection of spirits in one of Manchester’s most recognisable bars.

For one day only, the Deansgate based venue will be holding a number of stalls that will hold the likes of City of London gin, the first distillery in the City in over 200 years, as well as the highly acclaimed Italian range of Cocchi vermouth, Colorado newcomer Tincup whiskey and the Mexican styles of El Ron Prohibido rum.

Two sessions are available for the day, with the ticket price of £10 gaining you entry to your preferred time and giving you the chance to mingle, sample and experience a range of spirits straight from the brands themselves. Signature serves and recipe ideas will be available, as will the chance to purchase your favourite tipples directly on the day.

Other spirits available include the first showing of Sibling Distillery into the Manchester area as the young team bring their triple distilled gin. The Welsh Whisky Company are travelling up with their selection that includes Penderyn whisky, Brecon gin, Merlyn liqueur and Five vodka, whilst The Bottle Drinks Company will be showing off the likes of R. Delisle cognac and ‘The Secret’ chocolate fortified wine.
The Spanish style of Licor 43 will be on hand with recipe ideas, as will The Kraken spiced rum, Konik’s Tail vodka and The Irishman whiskey amongst others.

You will also be able to look into the world of drinks related photography at the market as award-winning and Manchester based bartender Jamie Stephenson brings his work for the viewing public.

All ticket holders will also have the chance to enter the Elixir Tonics & Treats liquor party to be held straight after the last session at 6pm. This gives the chance for the showcased brands to be a part of a specially curated menu for the evening and finishes the artisan market off in style.

For tickets, please visit

For a full list of the exhibitors, please visit

The Liquor Market – Saturday 27th September – Elixir Tonics & Treats, 123 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BY

Two sessions of 12-2:30pm and 3:30-6pm, £10 per person per session.

Follow the Liquor Market on Twitter @LiquorMarket and Facebook at Liquor Market

A Look At Garden Of Earthly Delights At Elixir, Tonics & Treats

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This week saw one of the relatively new bars to hit Manchester launch its summer drinks menu with a ‘The Garden of Earthly Delight’s’ theme. Not one to just hope for the best, Elixir Tonics & Treats showed off their creations for a two-hour period on a warm Friday evening, allowing friends and VIP’s to sample and experience. But it wasn’t just their new menu that was to be launching that evening, but also their new event and exhibition space, located underneath the main floor.

To the new menu first.


Favourites such as the Apollo Daiquiri have been saved onto the new version, and is now nestled between names such as Rambling Bramble (£9 – white grain spirit, juniper and sage syrup, lemon juice and a float-your-own Chambord miniature) and The Bee Keeper (£9.50 – gin, apple liqueur, honey, apple and lemon juice). A simple, yet perfect summer cocktail had to be the Forget-Me-Not (£10.50 for mini-pro’s, £14.50 to share). A blend of violet liqueur, lavender syrup and Prosecco with a blackberry garnish offered something a little more perfumed to the usual sparkling option. I must say though, what do you think the setting would be to enjoy one of these? Garden? Terrace? Pool? How about something that the team at Elixir Tonics & Treats decided to conjure up – a fitted out camper van! Parked outside the venue on Deansgate, Manchester, the Caribbean-esque feel to the inside made it the perfect place to enjoy the starter cocktail to the evening.

The camper van became my home for the second cocktail to sample too, the Jasmine Cascade (£8.50). This came with a dose of BLOOM gin, green Chartreuse, jasmine syrup, lemon and apple and complete with a sprig of rosemary to garnish. For effect, and to be fair garnish as well, it came equipped to be cascaded over dry ice and billowing jasmine aromatic oils. Subtle flavours, well-rounded, with the drink not being out-done by the theatrics.

Flutter Bye
Flutter Bye

One signature that Elixir Tonics & Treats have accomplished since their opening has been the accompaniments to their creations. Whether it’s stress balls or mini elixirs to change your mood, they’ve offered something that relates to the drink in hand. This has become more evident with the likes of the Flutter Bye (£8). A coupette glass nestled on a patch of grass, complete with edible chocolate ladybird and butterfly attached to the side. The drink itself is a compliment of flavours. Stolichnaya Citrus, elderflower & rose liqueur, egg white and apple juice work perfectly to create a velvet texture on the palate. Light, refreshing and aesthetically pleasing.

I mentioned in my review of Elixir Tonics & Treats last year that the bar was to be exactly what Manchester needed. Unique, different and just that little bit of quirky that consumers are after sometimes. Refreshing the menu is always a hit, but can ultimately just become a phase. Elixir Tonics & Treats new one though, has plenty to talk about, and many intriguing recipes to try. They entice you, which is surely what you want when choosing somewhere to go?

Speaking of choosing somewhere. Are you, or will you, be looking for an event space to hold a shindig? Look no further than beneath the floors of Elixir Tonics & Treats! A large, spacious floor can be converted to accommodate your needs and budget. Launched as of this week, they have been showing off the various options, including bar sizes and opportunities, seating set-outs and audio / visual availability. It’s worked for me, it’s the space I’ll be using to host my annual Liquor Market in September. It ticks all the boxes I need to run a successful event, so I can only imagine that you will go away impressed if you ever get the chance to check it out.

Make sure you do it with a cocktail in hand too.

For more photos from the re-launch, please visit my Facebook page.

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Elixir Tonics & Treats

Elixir Tonics & Treats

I do love Manchester when it comes to its bar scene, there’s always something new opening, and this past Thursday was no different. The guys behind event and mobile bar company Escapade Bars have gone for something a little more static in the shape and form of Elixir Tonics & Treats.

Located on the easy to remember 123 Deansgate, the venture aims to bridge the gap between Spinnningfields and the Northern Quarter. With backing by Escapade Director Dan Purnell (ex beverage manager at the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 7* hotel, and general manager of  popular Manchester private members club Sugar Lounge) and his partner Jaime Wilkinson who will be acting as General Manager of the bar, they aim to combine a wealth of knowledge and experience of both Manchester and the drinks industry into an experience that the city has quite frankly never seen before.

Saints and Sinners
Saints and Sinners

The setting is stripped back. White painted brickwork with stencilled artwork on top, complete with low-level cast iron light fittings give it that New York meets London feel. Comfy sofas and chairs look inviting, but the bar is the most striking, with its dark wooden compartments showcasing some of the very best spirits to be found. Labelled with the words ‘Tonics and Treats’ at the top, and met with well-dressed and presentable staff (not a t-shirt in sight), you’re obliged to take a look at the menu with quite frankly some awe and amazement.

For example, take the Saints and Sinners (£8). A mix of Manzanilla Sherry, limoncello, gin and grape syrup, finished with a gold leaf sugar rim and grape skewer. To see a sherry based cocktail on any menu is a surprise, but to make it work? Well, it worked for me, and I’m not acquainted well with sherry as I am with other spirits. It just seemed to work, and you could get each flavour coming through at different parts of the experience.

Another cocktail under its ‘Purgatory to Paradise’ section is the Apollo Daiquiri (£9). I’m always a little dubious when it comes to twists on classics, but they’ve nailed it with this a five ingredient drink – gin, rhum agrigole and clement creole, lime and sugar, blended and served within a small cocktail glass. The stem held in place on a metal platform, and a doily to add character. It’s the little things sometimes.

To give you an idea of what else Elixir Tonics & Treats have to offer, I only need to mention names such as Mr Bertoux’s Sip (£8), a variation on the classic Side Car cocktail using Couvoisier Exclusif, orange liqueur and lemon juice finished with gold leaf, sugar rim and an orange twist. Best of all, you can ‘add intensity with our unique pipette injections flavoured with Orange Flower Water, Marc de Champagne or Lemon Droplets.’ Or how about the Earl’s Breakfast (£8.50) which combines Chase Smoked vodka, Briotett Triple Sec, Earl grey syrup, lemon and a spoonful of Marmalade, garnished with smoked cheese on toasted cracker-bread.

Elixir Tonics and Treats
Elixir Tonics and Treats

You could also go for a treat within their ‘Specialities’. La Petite Voliere or The Little Birdcage (£40) is a sharing cocktail housed within a birdcage. Here you will find an array of luxurious chocolates and truffles from the bars very own bespoke chocolatier. You can then enjoy Elixir’s petite cocktails in mini coupes which you can choose yourself!

Elxir Tonics & Treats will impress. There’s no turning to the classics that you’ve had time and time again, they’re introducing something new, and from what I’ve tried so far, I can not agree highly enough. They’ve bridged the gap alright, and built a fort on top. Elixir Tonics & Treats may have just set the bar with pulling off imagination.

Oh, and whatever your mood, ask for Mood Enhancing Elixirs on the House. Gems and crystals that have been used for healing purposes for centuries, where you can add a few drops of their own home-made tinctures to your drink. ‘They may alter your mood, they may open your mind’ the guys say, either way you can choose from Motivation, Determination, Clarity, Concentration, Anti-depressant, Calming or Prosperity.

Who needs London.

I’ve been back to check out their summer menu launch in June 2014. Click here to see what delights they offer now.

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