Everyone loves a cocktail and particularly one created by Beehive Bars that makes the most of Cornwall’s great artisan spirit producers.
Beehive Bars was set up in the summer of 2014 by Jessica Rowe, aged 34 and Alex Logan, aged 29 – work colleagues at Wineincornwall.co.uk and great friends. Together Jessy and Alex have more than 20 years of working in events and hospitality, so when they were approached by Frugi, the Cornish children’s clothing company, to run a bar for an anniversary celebration they jumped at the chance; Beehive Bars was born.
The hot weather over the 2014 summer made for great bar building weather and many a day was spent painting, waxing, sanding and hammering with a lot of help from Andy (Jess’s husband) and Nigel (Alex’s dad). The bar is made out of three old oil drums and scaffolding boards that have been nailed together sanded, burnt, and waxed.
Why is it called Beehive Bars? On top of the bar sits two beautiful glass beehive drinks dispensers that will be filled full of cocktails like Limoncello Gin Fizz, Mojito and their signature drink ‘Storm in a Teacup’ which is a Beehive Bars spin on Rum & Ginger.
When they started building Beehive Bars there were four factors that were very important to them.
1. Using local produce where possible. Alex says “There is such a wide selection of drink producers in Cornwall who are crafting such quality products; their reputation’s go beyond the Cornish borders – Tarquin, Aval d’or, Camel Valley, Curio to name just a few! Plus being a Cornish company we also see the importance of supporting fellow Cornish business’s where possible.”
2. Keeping drinks prices reasonable
3. To be creative (Alex loves to make wonderful syrups for the cocktails and Jessy is always hunting for new treasures to go on the bar)
4. Offer great service
Knowing we grow blackberries, apples and Rosemary, Beehive Bars have created three delicious cocktails for us. Wonderful for guests to try when they are staying or for any cocktail enthusiastic to chill out to at home.
Homemade Blackberry syrup
If you have a large crop of blackberries from a Autumnal picking session and don’t know what to do with them then perhaps this recipe will help. Syrups are so easy to make and are a fantastic way of making some delicious drinks by jazzing up some dusty bottles of booze that have been in the cupboard for a while. Jessy and I have been picking this weekend and managed to pick enough to whip up a batch of syrup.
- One mug of caster sugar
- Two mugs of blackberries
- One lemon squeezed
- One mug of water
- Add all ingredients to a lovely big pan
- Bring to the boil over a medium heat and simmer for a couple of minutes
- Allow to cool
- Blend with a hand blender
- Pass through a sieve
- Decant into a Kilner bottle (or something similar)
The next bit…. The Cooler
- Fill a glass with ice and a few blackberries and a slice of lemon
- Add 35mls (an egg cup full) of Curio Gin
- 15mls of Chambord (half an egg cup)
- 35mls of Blackberry Syrup
- And top up with soda.
(Also works with vodka or you could add your syrup to a glass of bubbles!)
Cornish Apple Martini
- Aval D’or Vodka
- Knightor Vermouth
- Polgoon Apple Juice
1. Put into a shaker
- 50mls Vodka
- 25mls Vermouth
- 25mls Apple Juice
- Squeeze of ½ a lemon
3. Pour into a martini glass
4. Garnish with a few slices of apple.
(Also works with Gin!)
Rosemary Gin & Tonic
- Curio Gin
- Franklins Tonic
- Infuse your favourite gin with some Rosemary from the Garden
(Leave 2 or 3 sprigs of rosemary in a bottle of gin for a few days)
- Put ice, slices of cucumber and a sprig of rosemary into a tall glass
- Add 35mls of Infused Gin
- Add 120mls of Franklins Tonic
Now in their second year, Beehive Bars offer a completely bespoke service which include cash bars, event drinks packages, simple bar hire, event staffing, cocktail classes, all tailored to the customer’s specific requirements and budgets.
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