We are fortunate to have at either end of our road two excellent pubs. Each way we walk, we walk past one, and so it was Saturday evening, before heading on to dinner elsewhere, that we stopped off for a couple of cocktails at The Green Man on Southgate Street. Having previously used the pub for gins, beers and wines, I had no idea that they had a cocktail menu until visiting with friends a couple of weeks ago during Winchester cocktail week.
I have drunk and made let’s say a fair few cocktails in my time. I have a small collection of bitters and a large collection of random spirits to prove my dedication and I would describe myself as fairly fussy to please when it comes to a cocktail.
Menu is divided into cocktail based on spirit, which I think is a pretty good way of doing it. Each drink has a good description of contents too to help you decide what you are after.
First round we went for a bloody margarita and an early grey martini. I’d had the second one the last time I was in here and it is just perfection. They use a homemade infusion of earl grey in their mix and the egg white on top makes for this smooth, not too sweet, not too bitter, lightly lemoned delight which quite honestly I could drink forever.
The margarita was great too. I love tequila. Especially in the knowledge that it is an upper. But there are far too many shoddy margaritas out there. This is not one of them. Generous too in size. Tart and sweey and yummy and very very pink.
Second round. This is where things got dangerous as I requested the defibrillator. This was their Winchester cocktail week special which isn’t on their cocktail menu. Probably because it’s a weeny bit strong (understatement). With a base of absinthe, Cointreau and something else, one of these and you’ll not need any more. Got a subtle aniseed flavour, but not overpowering (I’m not a fan of aniseed usually). It’s good. It made me very…happy.
The other cocktail we had I can’t remember the name (blame the defibrillator), but it was a long gin based drink which tasted of apple crumble. Cinnamon and fresh. It was great, but I may have gotten distracted by the absinthe.
Each round was about £15. Which is incredible value for the quality of cocktail you get.
The staff there are really good at their jobs mixing great cocktails. The atmosphere is cosy. It is the perfect place to stop in for a drink before or after a movie. Or to while away a Saturday evening. The little booths make nice private areas if you are on a date.
Thank you Green Man. We will be back.