Tapas Revolution launches new cocktail menu!

Tapas Revolution, baby of  Spanish Chef Omar Allibhoy has been open a while now in Birmingham’s Grand Central. We’ve been a couple of times, and always enjoyed decent food and drink.

I was excited to learn that recently, Tapas Revolution has collaborated with the award winning Cocktail Trading Co to create a new cocktail menu of classics with a Spanish twist, so was very happy to pop along for a meal and try a few of these out.

Joining forces, Tapas Revolution and The Cocktail Trading Co have created 6 new cocktails which have been added to the Birmingham menu. The collaboration features classic cocktails with a Spanish touch, using an array of typically Spanish spirits, wines and ingredients including Larios gin, Cava, Pedro Ximénez, Spanish brandy Veterano, blood orange, paprika and chorizo. To me these sounded very intriguing, I always like to try drinks that are just a little bit different to the norm.

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Toasted Marshmallow milkshake

Toasted Marshmallow & Vanilla Milkshake

A milkshake. Indulgent. Naughty. Bad for you.

But every so often everyone deserves a treat right? American style thick shakes are becoming more common in the UK, particularly at burger joints like Byron and Diners like Eds Easy Diner. For me they’re more like a pudding than a drink to accompany a meal but boy are they good. You might need to avoid all sugar related items for a month after but occasionally its worth it!

Toasted Marshmallow & Vanilla Milkshake

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Eggnog: A Twist on the Traditional

Eggnog. One of those love it or hate it things isn’t it?  Until recently I didn’t know very much about it, apart from the fact that I really loved the flavours! I’ve even made Eggnog Cupcakes before too!

Eggnog hails from East Anglia and traditionally is made from a mix of cream, sugar, eggs, an alcoholic spirit and spice. Most people probably know the alcohol element as rum and the spice as nutmeg but really, there are lots of variations!



The ‘nog’ part of the word Eggnog is taken from the middle English word ‘noggin’ – a small carved wooden mug traditionally used to serve the drink.

The lovely folk at Waitrose Cellar asked me to put my own twist on Eggnog, using their classic basic guide ‘How To Make Eggnog’ which you can find on their Christmas Drinks Website here.


I chose to use Amaretto, as I love the almond based liqueur and to me it always seems like a Christmassy spirit. I served it up with a little bit of cinnamon, shaved chocolate and orange peel. I adhered to the amounts in the above recipe, swapping the 100ml rum, for 100ml of Disarono Ameretto.



For me, the perfect time to drink eggnog is most definitely on Christmas Eve. Surrounded by family and friends, and preferably in front of a roaring open fire! Even better, why not serve them up with some delicious little ameretti biscuits too.



When would your  #eggnogmoment be?




tropical fizz mocktail

Tropical Fizz Mocktail

Nowadays there are lots of campaigns urging us to give things up for months at a time to support worthy campaigns and charities, for example ‘Movember’  – men growing facial hair for men health awareness, and ‘Stoptober’ for stopping smoking in October. Well now there’s also Go Sober for October, raising money for Macmillan. Even though I’m not activaly taking part in this, when I was asked to make a non alcoholic cocktail with Appletiser,  I thought why not? I’m often the designated driver when we go out so have drunk a lot of mocktails over the last few years – and certainly have my favourite flavours.

Tropical Fizz Mocktail

Luckily, I’m already a pretty big fan of Appletiser so this wasn’t too hard a task for me. Pairing it’s fizz with a couple of my favourite tropical flavours topped off with some fresh passionfruit and a hint of lime is a drink made in heaven for me!



Makes 2 long drinks

You will need:

  • 50ml Passion Pureé  –  use the fruit purees you can buy for cocktail making like Funkin Pro
  • 2 fresh passionfruit
  • 100ml Mango Juice
  • 400ml Appletiser
  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 lime



  1. Muddle the seeds and juice from 1 passion fruit at the bottom of the glasses, add the passion fruit purée and then fill the glasses with ice cubes
  2. Divide the Mango Juice between the glasses
  3. Top with the appetiser and a squeeze of lime and stir
  4. Garnish with the other passionfruit, halved and lime wedges

Happy drinking 🙂





If you liked this recipe, why not try your hand at some other great mocktail recipes like these:

Cinnamon White Russian. The Bar

Cocktail Time: Cinnamon White Russian

It’s no secret cocktails are a favourite thing of mine, and recently I’ve tried out a recipe for pink grapefruit margaritas and of course, drunk my fair share. So when thebar website got in touch asking me to try out one of their recipes I was in cocktail heaven browsing through their wide selection of classic concoctions.

I decided to put my own spin on the timeless White Russian. The White Russian first came into its own during the 1970s, alongside other sweet, creamy drinks like the Grasshopper and also features in the cult classic The Big Lebowski from the Coen brothers starring a lovable slacker known as ‘The Dude’, who drinks White Russians throughout the film.


I wanted to lift it a little so have given it a cinnamon twist with cinnamon sugar around the rim of  the glass and a cinnamon dusting for extra sweetness. For me this would be the perfect indulgent after dinner treat.



Either serve short or in a martini style glass.

Ingredients (makes 2)

  • 100ml Smirnoff 21 vodka
  • 50ml Baileys Coffee Cream Liquer
  • 100ml Cream
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon sugar (3tbsp caster sugar, 1tsp cinnamon powder mixed together)
  • Extra cinnamon powder and sticks to garnish




  1. In a cocktail shaker add the vodka, liquor and half the cream to a few cubes of ice. Shake well until cold
  1. Dampen the rim of your glasses and then dip the rims in the cinnamon sugar so that dusts the edges of the glass.


  1. Strain into 2 glasses and then top with the remaining cream
  2. Dust with cinnamon powder and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Happy drinking 🙂






Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with thebar.com. All views are my own. Plus, as much as I love cocktails, I am drink aware, so please don’t indulge too much!