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Cloud 23’s new cocktail menu doubles up as boozy lesson on history of Manchester

Manchester’s glorious history is being celebrated through the new cocktail experience available at Cloud 23.

The swish bar – located 23 floors up in the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate – is taking drinkers on a tour through the ages with its latest menu.

Specially designed by master mixologists, the beverages offer patrons the opportunity to sample different stages of the city’s past – from AD 79 to 2010.

The first of the 10 exciting concoctions is the Mamucium, a fresh and earthy cocktail inspired by the former Roman fort built a stone’s throw away in Castlefield.

It’s later followed by Up Up and Away, a rather intricate drink in the style of a hot air balloon. This particular cocktail celebrates James Sadler, the first British person to make a balloon assent.

It’s sure to make for some boozy time travelling as people hop from one drink to another with 2000 years of history to taste.

It should, however, all become a little more familiar as the sequence gets to those drinks inspired by events from the not-so distant past.

The Haçienda-inspired cocktail, for instance, is served up in a stand bearing the brand’s famous black and yellow colours, as dry ice creates the illusion of a smoke-filled nightclub.

This wacky cocktail contains Don Julio tequila, cachaca, mango, ginger and lemon balm, peanut butter liqueur, and vanilla ice cream.

To celebrate World Cocktail Day on Monday, May 13, Cloud 23 is giving guests 23% off all of its cocktails – so it’s cheaper than ever to experience the A to Z of Manchester’s history.

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