A Happy New Year at The Alchemist

Dearest friends, we are delighted to bring you the first cocktail review of 2013 from The Muddled Peacock. We hope that your Christmas and New Year celebrations were as fun-filled as ours and that you tried all sorts of interesting and tasty drinks.

On recommendation from a good friend of ours, we found ourselves in a rather fantastic cocktail bar in Manchester called The Alchemist (the one on New York Street). It is famed for its spectacular molecular mixology and modern twists on classics. Our cocktail of choice was, on this occasion, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – a favourite, according to the barman. It is described in their menu as follows:

Sharer for two! Russian Standard vodka, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Cointreau, citron gomme and water boiled up and infused with a fresh fruit mix and served warm and smoking in tea cups!

This cocktail was a visual event as well as delicious, served in what can only be described as scientific apparatus. The waiter used dry ice to create a real spectacle. The amazing effect is shown in our photos…. What a treat for the New Year.
Outside The Alchemist, New York Street, ManchesterAMBIANCE 7/10

The Alchemist filters themes of gold and of science through its décor and glassware. Though a little more modern than the bars we would usually choose to frequent, it is a nice balance of cozy and open.

The Alchemist MenuDRINKS 9/10

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party: having gone for what looked like a bit of a speciality, we were unsure of whether the spectacle would outweigh the taste and quality of the cocktail. We were, however, pleasantly surprised by the fruity notes and welcomed the warmth of the drink on that dreary Wednesday afternoon. Cocktails range from around £7-10 and this drink served in teacups was well worth the £18.50.

Set Up

Mad Hatter's Tea PartySERVICE 6/10

Initially we felt a little in the dark when nobody explained to us how the cocktail would be made and served. But we soon got into the spirit of it and allowed the barman to work his magic – it just would have been nice if at some point he had invited us to relax and watch it unfold, rather than leaving us wondering whether we were supposed to partake in the show!


Smoke 2NOVELTY 4/5

The menu, the intrigue of the “molecular madness” mixology and the golden glow about the place all contributed to a very novel – and thoroughly enjoyable – experience.




Although not wholly familiar with the Manchester area, New York Street appears to be nicely situated, with just about enough chic for daytime cocktails.

TOTAL** 30/40

**our scale may develop as we visit more bars but the description should give you a fuller idea of what to expect