Cocktails in the City is set to return to Edinburgh’s Mansfield Traquair this week. Taking place on the 27th – 28th of October, the two-night celebration of all things ‘cocktails ’ will showcase some of the city’s finest bars, hotels and restaurants.

1,500 festival-goers are set to attend the two-night festival with over 4,500 drinks expected to be shaken, stirred and poured. Eighteen of Edinburgh’s best-loved cocktail bars will each bring along their own pop-up bar, showcasing signature drinks with selected brand partners.

This year’s event will include returning favourites including Panda & Sons, Heads & Tales, Treacle, The Voodoo Rooms along with newcomers Bryant & Mack, Nightcap, The Voyage of Buck and Badger & Co.

Each participating bar has created a bespoke cocktail inspired by the theme ‘A Taste of Edinburgh’, taking their inspiration from the city’s history, heritage and local produce.

Cocktails in the City, Edinburgh

There are two things that the team at Edinburgh’s hidden gem Heads & Tales enjoy most; gin and Irn-Bru. Thyme to Bru is a delectable mix of Edinburgh Gin, Irn Bru reduction, Aperol, with lime juice, egg white, dash of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters and garnished with a sprig of thyme.

Cocktails in the City, Edinburgh

The Ballad of Cat Ballou created by The Blackbird, is a mix of Jack Daniel’s No. 7, Cocchi di Torino, house batch peach and clove liqueur, with egg white, soda and garnished with peach dust and sprayed with atomised perfume.

Cocktails in the City, Edinburgh

Award-winning bar and restaurant, The Voodoo Rooms proudly introduce I Carried a Watermelon. Served in a red plastic party cup, this cocktail is a mix of Evan Williams Extra Aged Bourbon, Akashi Tai Umeshu, along with watermelon juice, Angostura Bitters and garnished with mint sprigs and a watermelon slice.

Amongst all the revelry, festival-goers will be able to take part in an Alice in Wonderland live game, where they will be given 20 minutes to escape Wonderland. Visitors can expect interactive cocktail demos, a stunning array of drinks, and music from the resident DJ; all enjoyed against the backdrop of one of the capital’s most stunning venues.

Event Organiser, Tabara N’Diaye, says:

“Every year we challenge ourselves to build on previous festivals and make each event better than the one before.

This year, we’re delighted to welcome the highest number of bars we’ve ever had at Cocktails in the City Edinburgh.

Many of these bars are new to the city which makes it a great opportunity to check out the new talent on the block as well as sampling a real taste of Edinburgh with the incredible cocktails on offer.”

Tickets are £12 and include one welcome cocktail. Further information can be found on the Cocktails in the City website.

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