Last weekend with my mum and dad visiting, I decided to take my dear mum Aída for a pre-Mother's Day treat. Having been introduced to the gorgeous Épernay Champagne Bar a few nights earlier on the Liquorists' Ceylon Arrack Trail, I knew it was the perfect place for a girly cocktail stop.
As we had spent a large portion of the day shopping to the point of dropping, we were tired, hungry and thirsty so were very grateful to be brought a couple of glasses of cucumber water and a bowl of peanuts before we'd even had a chance to browse the cocktail list. Since having been given cucumber water at Aumbry I really think this is a fabulous beverage. Drinking it makes me feel like some sort of 1920's socialite, I might start having it in the house.
The cocktail list at Épernay really is a sight to behold and you could spend hours reading the menu but me and Mum had a hot date with Primark so both quickly scanned the menu for our favourite ingredients to get our mitts on a pair of champagne drinks we knew we would like. Mum's choice was simple: it had to be an Aperol Spritz of course.
Aperol is Mum's all-time favourite drink and surely any drink you like can only be made better by being topped up with champers. Lurvely.
I decided to continue drinking like the 1920's socialite by going for an Elderbubble which combined the delights of cucumber gin and elderflower... and champagne of course. This was a very crisp, dry cocktail which was right up my street. I wasn't too sure about the presentation featuring huge wedge of cucumber but it tasted very lovely.