I love a first birthday party as much as the next person. Cake, jelly and ice cream, party hats, they’re all amazing, but when I got invited to celebrate the first birthday of Resorts World Birmingham, I couldn’t help but be excited that there might be something a little more high end on offer.
Our evening started and ended at Bottega, the glamorous Prosecco bar with beautiful views over the lake and the new art installation of illuminated water lillies, curated especially for the first birthday celebrations.
After a few glasses of fizz, we headed into High Line, the New York inspired cocktail bar at Resorts World for a special masterclass.
We had a demonstration from the bar team before getting stuck in ourselves. We each chose a cocktail from the menu and were shown how to make and shake it like a New York bartender! I was torn between the Redhook – the ‘perfect’ Manhattan – and the New York Sour. I decided to go for the New York Sour as I was so intruiged by their addition of red wine into a whisky sour that I had to try it!
The look of concentration on my face is quite hilarious! It really isn’t as hard as it looks to make though, here’s the recipe:
New York Sour
50ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon
25 ml lemon juice
15 ml egg white
15 ml Sugar syrup
50ml red wine
Lemon wedge to garnish
- Fill a shaker with cubed ice.
- Measure in the bourbon, lemon juice, egg white and sugar syrup
- Shake vigorously until the metal shaker has completely frosted over
- Fill a lowball glass with cubed ice, then strain over the shaken drink
- Pour over the red wine and garnish with a lemon wedge
So simple but delicious, and totally unique from the addition of the red wine!
Ryan from Brumhour also went for a classic, an Old Fashioned!
High Line Old Fashioned
50 ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Dash Orinoco bitters
Organic brown sugar
Orange peel to garnish
- Fill a shaker with cubed ice
- Add the bourbon, bitters and brown sugar
- Keep stirring.
- If you think it’s ready, it’s not. Stir it for a bit longer.
- Once you’re sure all of the sugar has been dissolved, give it a taste.
- Fill a lowball glass with cubed ice and strain over the drink
- Serve with a twist of orange peel. If you’re brave, you can flame it to get all the aromatic oils out of the zest.
- Drink like you’re Don Draper
Ryan was fairly pleased with how his Old Fashioned turned out, though he did say he added a bit too much bitters. A good effort considering how tricky it is to get an Old Fashioned perfect!
After all that shaking and drinking, it was time for something to eat, so we headed back to Bottega where they put on a spread of Italian meats and cheeses, fresh bread and even risotto and bruschetta.
This was a lovely, sociable meal with everyone sharing and chatting. It was light too, so I didn’t feel like I needed a nap after my meal, ideal for anyone thinking of a spot of food and Prosecco during a day of shopping at Resorts World.
We even got treated to dessert, a classic Tiramisu, and a Fragonard for Ting who is dairy free.
As first birthday parties go, this one was a really lovely evening. Happy birthday Resorts World, here’s to another wonderful year!
My meal and drinks were complimentary, as an invited guest of Resorts World, many thanks to the team there. All opinions are my own, and I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.