The Christmas party season has arrived.
The hunt for the perfect attire, perfect venue and perfect beverage begins.
Lancaster’s Apothecary brings a different kind of experience to a typical night out on the town.
After undertaking a complete refurbishment the old Lounge on Penny Street, has been transformed, enlarged and altered with many seating areas and a full emphasis on its cocktail menu.
The Heston Blumenthal’s inspired bar adds a chemical reaction to their cocktails with many being developed over several days.
Grant Stringer, owner of Apothecary, said all staff have had quite a lot to learn since opening in September.
Mr Stringer, who also runs The Dalton Rooms, 1725, and Hustle, in Lancaster, said: “The staff have got quite a lot to learn, they’re expected to know the menu off by heart.
“This was the first menu for staff, it is not as complicated as it could have been.
“I have always said I wanted people to come here for the drinks.”
The bar has taken inspiration from cocktail bars in other cities like Manchester and Edinburgh and takes its name from an ancient word meaning someone who dispenses medical material to physicians.
Cocktail making may seem like an easy technique to capture, especially when you are waiting for your drink.
However after experiencing this myself it is not as easy as it appears.
A steady hand, patience and willing to work quick yet sufficiently is key as I learned from manager, Leanne Moore.
One of these cocktails which stands out from the crowd is the Midnight Tea Party, a sharing experience that sweetens the taste buds.
This drink takes your taste buds to a whole new level.
A berry tablet dissolves upon the tongue which increases the sweetness of pretty much everything.
Mr Stringer explains it’s a fun experiment and adds something different to the bar.
He said: “It is not masking the alcohol, it is more of a talking point. You are concentrating on trying and experiencing the cocktail.”
If you are after something unusual this Christmas, Apothecary will be guaranteed to add something fun and memorable.