New Cocktail Menu Launch // Orchid, Aberdeen

If you haven't been to Orchid before then where have you been? 

Orchid is located on Langstane Place next door to Yatai and just up the street from Soul & Dusk. At the end of last year they won the SLTN award for Cocktail Bar of the Year and they most certainly deserve it! 

Orchid has a very special place in my heart, it's where myself and euan celebrated our engagement with all our friends and family and it's one of my favourite cocktail bars in Aberdeen. Martin Farmer from Porters Gin recently asked us along to the launch night for Orchids new cocktail menu and we certainly couldn't miss it! 

You will have to excuse my photo skills on this blog post. If you have ever been in Orchid before you'll know that it's quite dark which makes taking photos of pretty cocktails quite difficult. Orchid is beautiful inside though, it's dark and rustic and covered in all things copper which I absolutely love! 

When we arrived Nick the general manager seated us to a table near the window and provided us both with an arrival cocktail and cheese board! The first cocktail was 'AJ's Knockout'. This is a rum based tropical cocktail made with clarified milk and inside the glass was an ice cube which had orchids logo branded into it, a very nice touch! This cocktail was awesome! It was so light and refreshing, you could easily sit and drink these all night and not get fed up or sickened with the taste. 

While devouring the awesome cheeseboard that they had provided Euan spent some time trying to capture some video footage of the orchid team hard at work for his youtube channel. The cheese was fantastic and complimented the cocktails really well and with euan not being that into cheese boards I happily munched my way through all the different cheeses while deciding which cocktail was next on my hit list.

Next up was 'I like big buns and I cannot lie' which included a hot cross bun syrup! This one was a little too strong for me, but it most definitely tasted like hot cross buns! I didn't dislike it though, I just prefer my cocktails to not taste of the alcohol thats in them so it's certainly worth ordering if you love the taste of HCB's and something a bit stronger as you can really taste all the flavours within it. 

I love something that's more light and fruity which brings me onto 'Smoke but no Cigar'! WOW! This drink is without a doubt my new go to drink here in Orchid! It's so light, fresh and also really fruity but it has these smokey notes that you can taste in every sip which I thought gave it a very unique twist! 

I popped into Orchid again on the Friday night with my girls and Adrain really looked after us. He even let me stand about and take all the boomerangs of him shaking up our drinks. The staff in Orchid really are fantastic! They would go above and beyond to create something unique for you if you didn't spot anything you fancied on their new menu. That being said I really do think that this menu that they have launched really has something different for everyone to try, taste and love. 

If you haven't been into Orchid I'm not entirely sure where you have been hiding when you go on a night out but the drinks that the team create here really are on a different level to most other bars in Aberdeen and they really do put a lot of thought and care into every drink that they make. So next time you are out in town for some drinks with the girls or a catch up with the lads you have to make sure Orchid is on the list of places you will be checking out. 


1 comment

  1. These look AMAZING. I've never actually been to orchid... I must go before I leave Aberdeen in a few weeks time!

    Ysabelle x


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