I’m continuing with the festival theme today. Edinburgh is in the throngs of the Fringe Festival and it feels busier than ever. Restaurants and bars across the city have gone all out with various pop ups, special menus and deals. I love a cocktail and when I heard Dine had a festival cocktail menu, I was first in line to give it a try!
The menu is made up of five cocktails all made with Darnley’s Gin for a fiver each (a bargain for Edinburgh), head barman Alessandro was all too happy to take us through it – if you decide to visit ask for him and he’ll be happy to share his knowledge with you too.
Each of the cocktails is named after a different Fringe show, first up ‘The Five Telegrams‘. This is the opening ceremony drink and certainly grabs your attention – watch as the colour changes as you add the tonic!
La Cenerentola translates as ‘Cinderella’ in Italian. This one is a deliciously sweet, long drink with raspberry cream soda and a topping of raspberry jam – available as a mocktail too!
I was pre-warned that the next one would be challenging, but I’m always up for a challenge! La Maladie de la Mort is an intense combination of savoury flavours including soy and sesame seed. It reminded me a bit of a cold pho stock, I wasn’t keen, but if you like a Bloody Mary, you may like this one.
I won’t spoil the surprise but Hocus Pocus also has a little theatre, it’s a strong little number featuring Manzanilla Sherry and Dry Curacao. This one has a lovely flavour and was probably my favourite tasting of them all.
The final cocktail was the 59er, so called because it was created by the 59 production team. This Tiki Negroni had flavours of the Caribbean with spiced gin and pineapple infused vermouth. The Hibiscus flowers provided the pretty.
I featured the Dine Market Menu recently so I will keep this brief but I want to highlight again as it’s a great deal – the weekend market menu is £42.50 per couple for three courses and a bottle of wine!
All the food was delicious and well presented, but here are the highlights. If you like smoked fish definitely choose the Smoked Haddock Fishcakes, there were little chunks through the cakes and it was served with a nice homemade ketchup.
Both the mains were equally good, our tip is to treat yourself to a couple of the sides – the chips with homemade aioli and the potato lyonnaise with sweet onions are both well worth the extra.
Go for the Blueberry Bavarois for dessert, the presentation is beautiful but you also get a little lemon and almond homemade marshmallow and it’s worth ordering just for that!
That’s our tips and run down on the cocktail menu, you can book your lunch/dinner and find out more here.