When an email drops into our inbox promising ‘the best party this side of the North Pole’, we consider it our duty to put such a bold statement to the test. The claimant? Revolution Bristol, which looks a lot different to how we remember it from our student days, with chic, minimal, low-hanging lighting, a boozy periodic table hanging on the wall as we enter, and a chandelier of bare bulbs draped with festive finery catching our eyes as we head in to sample some of their Christmas cocktails as an after-work treat.
We’re going to have to work for them though, as the team have got a little tailor-made masterclass lined up for us – which can be booked by any group looking for a nicely interactive group celebration. After welcome shots – tiramisu and rocky road – our bubbly cocktail master Bethan takes us through the process of making seasonal specials, starting with the Black Forest Frappé. This, comprised of Revolution Flavour 25 vodka, black forest syrup, fresh, fat blackberries and swirls of whipped cream, comes in a plastic cup and looks like the most indulgent treat you ever dreamt of ordering from a Starbucks counter – oh, except it’s all deliciously boozy because it’s from a licensed bar! Next, our Emma is up and behind the bar being taught to conjure up a Scrooge Driver with Stolichnaya vodka, orange juice and cinnamon syrup, which isn’t too heavy on the cinnamon, to our delight. It’s equally delicious warmed up, we imagine. The fun continues with a fruity concoction for our Louise, who chooses to make The North Polaroid, again with Stolichnaya vodka, Luxardo Amaretto, cherry syrup and lashings of edible glitter. It comes complete, charmingly, with a Polaroid snapshot to take home – cue the three of us donning the festive paper props we’ve been given to ensure our pic has a suitably Yuletide feel.
To finish, we knock up a Snow White Russian – say goodbye to the diet – which is a delicious combination of Stoli vodka, Tiramisu vodka, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, milk, toffee sauce and cream, and, as billed, more intense than a snowstorm in Moscow. But the fun doesn’t finish there, as Bethan has a game of blindfolded Woo Woo making in store to guarantee we leave in the highest of Christmas spirits. The process is ridiculous, but a real giggle, and the result is surprisingly delicious – a great way to end the session.
With plenty of glitter and glorious cocktails, these guys have Christmas revelry nailed. Oh, and they’ll be hosting a cracker of a New Year’s Eve shindig, as well as a New Year’s Day hair of the dog event with 40% off selected drinks and food on 1 January with the Revolution Card. Sorted.