Cocktail of the Week: Rollergirl June 23, 2020



Until you can be dancing at Proof again on 10th July when we’re planning our post-lockdown re-opening, we wanted to give you our favourite disco-dancing cocktail to make at home. A favourite signature of ours, The Rollergirl, has been on our menu since we opened 13 years ago! 

The perfect party drink, it promises the sweetest party in your mouth with flavours of raspberry vodka, passion fruit & pineapple. Follow our recipe to liven up the last weeks of lockdown drinking.

If you give it a whirl, don’t forget to tag us @proofchorlton in your photos!


50ml Stolichnaya raspberry vodka

25ml Passion fruit puree

10ml Passion fruit syrup

60ml Pineapple juice

25ml Lime juice


Add all your ingredients into your chosen shaker with a sealed lid – tupperware or jam jar will do if you don’t have a fancy shaker. Shake hard with lots of ice.

Strain and serve long in a tall glass over ice. 

Garnish with raspberries and a pineapple leaf.

Enjoy! x

And if you’d rather someone make it for you and even bring it to your door, take a look at our delivery menu. We’re taking orders now for delivery and collection on Friday-Sundays.

Cocktail of the Week: The Cosmopolitan June 2, 2020

We’ve been loving being able to serve you drinks at home through our new delivery and collection service. This week’s special, The Cosmopolitan, proved our most popular tipple, the perfect sunshine party drink. So for all your socially distanced park catch ups or time at home in the garden, here’s the recipe to liven up your lockdown drinking.

If you give it a whirl, don’t forget to tag us @proofchorlton in your photos!


25ml lime juice

25ml Stolichnaya citron vodka

25ml Triple Sec or Cointreau

60ml cranberry juice

A wedge of lime 


Add all your ingredients into your chosen shaker – tupperware or jam jar will do if you don’t have a fancy shaker. Squeeze the wedge of lime and drop it in with everything else for an edge of bitter oil to give the drink a punch.

Shake hard with lots of ice.

Strain into a martini glass and serve straight up. Garnish with a slice of orange zest – flame it first to bring out the zesty goodness.

Enjoy! x

And if you’d rather someone make it for you and even bring it to your door, take a look at our delivery menu. We’re taking orders now for delivery and collection on Friday-Sundays. #homebartender

Bank Holiday Lockdown Gin & Tonic Recipes #StayHome May 6, 2020




You’ve baked banana bread, you know every answer to ALL the Zoom pub quizzes ever held and the annual Spring clean has happened 4 times over. Running out of ideas to entertain yourselves, anyone?

Lockdown life comes with definite highs and lows, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone. But if there’s one thing to be celebrating it’s VE Day 75 and the chance for another Friday bank holiday. Like us, you may have over-ordered the gin on your Click & Collect shop so, why not toast 75 years of peace in Europe with some of these ways to pimp your G&T and make things a little more interesting!


Pink Raspberry & Lime

Handful of raspberries (frozen ones from your freezer work too!)

50ml Pink gin (Manchester raspberry is ace!)

125ml tonic (Fevertree or locally available brands)

Fresh lime or Pink grapefruit

Loads of Ice


Muddle the raspberries. Add ice to your glass or cocktail shaker along with the raspberries, gin and tonic. Squeeze in some lime juice and stir or shake for 30 seconds until the drink is mixed and nice and chilled. If you’re feeling really fancy (let’s face it, it’s the little things right now), garnish your drink with fresh raspberries and a slice of pink grapefruit. If you don’t have any pink gin, just use your usual tipple.


Rosemary & Lemon

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

50ml gin

125ml tonic

Fresh lemon zest and juice



Press the rosemary a little in the glass. Add ice along with the gin, tonic, a long lemon zest and a few squeezes of lemon juice. Stir for 30 secs and leave for a minute until the drink is really chilled and the rosemary has infused.  Run a rosemary spring around the rim of the glass and serve as a garnish skewered through a nice lemon slice.


Cucumber, Lime & Basil

Half a lime

Quarter of a cucumber

3 fresh basil leaves

50ml gin

125ml tonic



Use a vegetable peeler to make cucumber ribbons and place in a tall glass, adding ice. In another glass or cocktail shaker, add the lime, gin, basil leaves and a few chunks of the cucumber. Muddle these ingredients together and then use a strainer (small tea strainer will do!) to pour into your glass with the cucumber ribbons and ice. Top up with tonic and garnish with a couple of basil leaves.


Blueberry & Mint

Handful fresh or frozen blueberries

5 mint leaves

Fresh lime juice

50ml gin

125ml tonic



Lightly muddle your blueberries and a few mint leaves in a glass. Add some ice, your chosen gin, tonic, a few squeezes of lime and stir until the flavours have infused and the drink is nice and chilled. Use the mint leaves as your garnish.


None of these ingredients to hand? Just pimp up your gin & tonic with any herbs from your garden or whatever you can forage on your daily walk (wild garlic…?) or add a different citrus, grapefruit is delicious! Use frozen fruits as ice cubes, grapes are a good one, or put sliced fruit into ice cube trays and fill with a little water to freeze. If you really want to have some fun, make some boozy ice lollies – just don’t overdo the booze and it will freeze! Strictly for adults only.

And we were joking about the wild garlic….although, these days anything goes.

Enjoy and stay safe xx

COVID-19 – Closed until further notice March 24, 2020


Due to the ongoing health crisis affecting all of us, Proof is closed until further notice.

We are so sad that it has come to this but we hope the collective action and sacrifices made by the most able in society will help the most vulnerable and bring about a swift end to this situation.

We will be back in action as soon as it is permitted and we look forward to that day.

In the meantime, we have launched a Crowdfunder page so customers can support us over the months ahead. You are also able to buy a drink for an NHS worker to redeem when normal business has resumed. Please, have a read and share:




We have two fantastic deals available all through JANUARY!

SUNDAY to THURSDAY, enjoy an amazing discount on your bar tab: Spend £30+ for -30%.

Every FRIDAY & SATURDAY, you can buy two Foolproof Cocktails for only £10!

Come down soon!

#Ginuary Cocktails: The Martini January 10, 2017

“Why don’t you get out of that wet coat and into a dry Martini”

If you had a Martini for every time you had a wet coat in Manchester, in January, you’d spend most of it in a hazy gin daze. And whilst that sounds appealing this time of year, those New Year resolutions would most certainly get forgotten. And we don’t need any less encouragement on that front already…

One resolution we’ll definitely keep though – queue: brownie salute – “I pledge to drink more gin for Ginuary.” Sorry Dry-January-ers, we just can’t do a month without a bit of Mother’s Ruin…and especially not the month of the blues. So, this week, we’re showcasing a classic cocktail recipe, the Martini.



10ml dry vermouth (we love Dolin)

50ml of your favourite gin (we love Manchester Gin, Silent Pool Gin and Portobello Road Gin)


Chill your Martini glass – preparation is key!

Stir vermouth through ice in a mixing glass for 30 seconds and discard the liquid (for a wet Martini, leave half in the glass).

Add the gin and stir for dilution. After 2 mins or so, taste & continue to stir if necessary.

Strain into your chilled glass.

Garnish with a twist of grapefruit, lemon or olives.

For those of you who like it dirty, add spoonful of olive brine to taste. Or, fancy pickling your palate? Make a Gibson using a cocktail onion garnish.


Xmas Cocktail of The Week – Terry’s Xmas Flip December 23, 2016

It’s not Terry’s, it’s yours! And we can guarantee you’ll drink the whole thing and immediately make another. Everyone’s got their favourite Christmas chocolate and this is definitely one of ours. The flavours of chocolate and orange are a classic and suitably indulgent for a Christmas cocktail recipe.

So, why not take another Christmas classic cocktail, the Eggnog Flip, and marry them together. Mozart chocolate liqueur, fresh Cointreau and Cacao Blanc blended with egg and cream. Ultra-indulgent (because that’s what Christmas needs more of…?), it’s a new combo that’s as classic as Mary and Joseph.

Christmas cocktail recipe


25ml Mozart Gold

25ml Cointreau

25ml Cacao Blanc

1 whole egg

2 drops Mozart bitters

25ml cream


In a boston tin, mix all the ingredients together with a spoon and then dry-shake to emulsify the egg (yes, there’s a whole one in there).

Then add ice and shake again.

Strain into a glass and dust with a little grated fresh nutmeg and top with a segment of chocolate orange (or at least 3 if it’s Christmas day….).

Merry Christmas!

Xmas Cocktail of the Week – Fairytale of New York December 12, 2016

Christmas party number seven done and it’s not even Christmas Eve yet. Feeling like you need a break from rich Christmas indulgence already? Our new favourite Christmas seasonal, Fairytale of New York, gives you just that.

A festive take on a New York Sour (a classic whiskey sour cocktail with red wine), it still incorporates festive spice whilst giving you something more refreshing than a rich, creamy cocktail. We blend Christmas spices and cinnamon sugar to balance out the sharpness of the sour, and top it with mulled wine for a little bit of luxury. You still need a little indulgence…it is Christmas after all.



35ml lemon juice

10 ml sugar syrup

1 tsp cinnamon sugar

A pinch of nutmeg

25ml Rye Whiskey (we use Rittenhouse)

25ml Brandy (we use Martell)

15ml egg white

35ml mulled wine


In a boston shaker, shake all the ingredients together, except the mulled wine. Strain the ingredients into a rocks glass with ice and top with the mulled wine.

Garnish with edible snowflakes and glitter spray – definitely not optional!!

Enjoy (with Christmas songs).


Check out the rest of our winter menu and seasonal favourites.

Cocktail of the Week – The Old Fashioned November 29, 2016

There’s nothing more warming than the cosiness of a good bit of bourbon. With plenty of booze and the tangy flavours of orange zest, the Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail perfect for this time of year. A simple combination of sugars and booze, aka the best kind of drink, this cocktail recipe can be played with to suit your taste.

Choose a cosy bourbon, like Blanton’s Bourbon or Jim Beam, or if rum is more your tipple, El Dorado Rum makes a great cocktail. You can mix up your bitters too, a bit like our Autumn Old Fashioned on our new winter menu. A rum Old Fashioned with chocolate bitters…dessert option?


Don Draper loved it and so do we. So, to make sure you’re not going thirsty on a cold winter’s night, here’s the classic cocktail recipe so you can lounge in your own leather wingback chair and broodingly ponder away your life…


3-4 drops Angosturas bitters

Zest of 1 orange

1 spoon of powdered sugar or sugar syrup

50ml bourbon or other spirit (like rum)


In a rocks glass, add the sugar, orange zest and bitters. Lightly press the orange with the back of a spoon and mix, then add your spirit.

Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.

Half fill the glass with ice and continually stir for dilution. As the ice melts, add more cubes and continue stirring; taste for dilution.

Top up with ice and an optional cherry garnish.


Seasonal Menu – Autumn 2016 October 27, 2016

The clocks are going back and the scarves are going on…it must be Autumn once more.

We have new cocktails and food available from November with some wonderful creations to try and some old favourites too, like the Pumpkin Fudge Scáiltín.

Please drop in soon and warm your wellies!




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