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As the New Year starts, we’re finally nearly finished on the Christmas chocolate and cheese, and are looking at the year ahead…
It’s tough when you can’t follow the usual January journey – new gym membership (only to be used once), slyly returning Christmas gifts for gift vouchers, meeting up with friends for a few cocktails - to look with positivity at the upcoming weeks, but we’re going to try our best to start the new year with Be At One-esque oomph, getting back to healthy, happy and hopefully back to our local Be At One when we all can!
We’re not just talking New Year, New Me shenanigans (although we salute those who’re getting fit and sticking to their resolutions).
We’re talking getting back to the person who wore something other than PJs every day, and whose biggest source of social interaction wasn’t mumbling “thank you” to the poor postie struggling to the door every day with a precarious heap of parcels from our various online shopping sessions.
We love that person!
In the same way we’ve all got that one friend who can persuade us to have “just one more” cocktail at the end of a night out, sometimes we need someone else to help us stay strong and positive. Grab yourself a lockdown buddy (if house-mates are unavailable or unwilling try Zoom/Facetime for some buddy time), and do something as a power duo!
This can be anything – going for a walk (following all social distancing guidelines of course), playing a game online, learning something new together or just having a bit of a natter on a semi-regular basis.
Keep an eye on our social pages for some cocktail related activities you can do at home!
Take time each day to do something just for you. Some suggestions we’ve had are going for a walk with a great podcast, meditation or quiet time (try and name all the Be At One cocktails you can remember and see how many you can get) or simply listening to some music you love without looking at any screens
For us it’s getting in a creative zone and making tasty cocktails ready for the weekend!
Check out the cocktail menu here
We know, we’re a cocktail bar – what do we know of exercise? The answer is – honestly not much beyond keeping the party going all night and dancing the Candy!
Thankfully these guys know what they’re talking about!
We love the NHS for so many reasons, but did you know they also have exercise advice and videos online?
Loads of our fave tunes with a full video guide to get you moving!
Nothing beats a bit of getting the blood pumping and we all know that exercise boosts your serotonin – yay for happy! We’ve put together some amazing Spotify playlists for you to listen to whilst you do whatever type of exercise gives you those happy endorphins – check them out here
You know that old saying of “less is more”?
Well this simple cocktail embodies that beautifully. It is somehow elegant yet unpretentious and a staple in any classic cocktail menu. Although most certainly older; the earliest mention of The Old Fashioned can be found in an article from the 1880s in the Chicago Tribune, in which the cocktail was so named because of the many drinkers who refused to change with the times and continued to order their drinks the “old fashioned way” which was simply, a base spirit (usually whiskey), sugar, bitters and water.
Of course, many bartenders have adapted this over the years with slight changes to the recipe but the formula stays true and that is what makes it so elegant. We’ve all been there, thinking we’re as suave as 007, ordering a Martini and then sending it back because it just doesn’t taste how our favourite bartender makes it, but no one does that with an Old Fashioned. The elegance is in how it highlights the subtle flavours of the whiskey and with so many beautiful whiskies out there, you can always find a version suited to you!
So how do we bring our twist to the beloved classic?
Buckle up because you’re in for a ride to get your taste buds tingling.
Firstly, grab your mixing glass and an Old Fashioned glass and put ice in both. Next, grab your cocktail tin (anything you can pour liquid from will do if you don't have one to hand!) and throw in an orange wedge, a maraschino cherry and a barspoon of maraschino syrup before muddling that all in. Pour the liquid (without all the smushy bits!) into your mixing glass and add a double shot of your favourite bourbon, a splash of sugar syrup, two dashes of orange bitters, and stir to your hearts' delight (or you know… 30 seconds will do just fine) before straining into your glass and garnishing with a maraschino cherry and an orange twist.
Don’t fancy making it yourself? Don’t worry, we’re more than happy to do so. Get yourselves booked in when we re-open!
Head on down to to any of our Be At One bars to participate in this wonderful celebration of 'a drink that launched a thousand drinks'.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty around re-opening dates for the hospitality industry, we are currently unable to take bookings.
Any updates will be posted here on our website and also on our social media pages.