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#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.

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Ingredients

10ml dry vermouth (we love Dolin)

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

Method

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.

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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

Ingredients

25ml Mozart Gold

25ml Cointreau

25ml Cacao Blanc

1 whole egg

2 drops Mozart bitters

25ml cream

Method

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.

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Ingredients

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

Method

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?

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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…

Ingredients

3-4 drops Angosturas bitters

Zest of 1 orange

1 spoon of powdered sugar or sugar syrup

50ml bourbon or other spirit (like rum)

Method

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.

Enjoy.

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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CAF : 20-29th May 2016 May 5, 2016

Chorlton Arts Festival: A celebration of music, art and creativity.

Join us throughout the festival for special events including poetry, live music and art installations.

More details can be found at: www.chorltonartsfestival.com

 

Schedule @ Proof

20-29th : Garth Simmons – External Art Installation

20-29th: Meha Hindocha – Urban Life II Exhibition

Mon 23rd: Reading The Other – Spoken Word

Tues 24th: Poetry Writers’ Study Group – Spoken Word

Thurs 26th: Levy Uke Up – Proof Sessions Live Music

Sat 28th: Richie Syrett – Proof Sessions Live Music

Sun 29th: Bank Holiday Special details TBC

JOB VACANCIES @ proof March 20, 2016

Are you looking for work in the hospitality industry?

Interested in working as part of a small, dedicated, customer focused team?

Do you have experience in bars and restaurants?

Are you living in the South Manchester area?

Proof is always keen to meet new people with an interest in helping us do what we do.  If you think you would enjoy working with us please call in for a chat or email a brief bio and your current CV to info@proofbars.co.uk.

Available positions:

Cocktail Bartender – (FT) (experience required)

Floor staff – (FT / PT) (experience preferred)

Spring Menu 2016 March 9, 2016

Another Year – Another Season – Another Menu

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Coming soon to a table near you…

We’re working hard on creating some Spring inspired drinks and amazing new dishes for you good people to enjoy. We’re hoping to kick things off over Easter so look out for special events and tasting nights.  If you come in over the next few weeks you may even get to help us test a few of our ideas!

 

WINTER SALE – 30% off food in Jan & Feb January 4, 2016

 

Trying to lose the pounds this Winter?

Let us help you save a few with 30% off your food bill in Jan & Feb.

We have a delightful range of seasonal small plates to be enjoyed and shared with larger dinner specials also available.

Simply book your table in advance: message on Facebook; call 0161 862 9333; or email info@proofbars.co.uk

 

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Terms & conditions:

Not available in conjunction with any other offer or existing deal. 30% discount only applied to total food bill. Only available to tables booked in advance with a minimum of one hour before customer’s arrival. Management retain the right of refusal. Offer cannot be extended to additional party members, only to the numbers in the party agreed at the time of booking.

Dry January – a helping hand January 3, 2016

The New Year always marks the start of the battle against the Christmas bulge and an attempt to counteract the excesses of the Festive period. Not forgetting those new resolutions and good intentions…

So, if you’re taking a break from the booze this month, please don’t become a hermit!

We have so many alcohol-free options for you; from Cocktails and Beers; to our delicious range of Smoothies and Milkshakes.

Best of luck to the ‘new you’ and Happy New Year!