Can the eagerly awaited new cocktail menu from Cottonopolis be their best ever?

After their award-winning Japanese Idioms menu, Cottonopolis return with a new cocktail menu, inspired by the principles of Japanese Aesthetics.

By Alex Watson | 9 August 2019

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After an award-winning year in 2018, Gethin Jones and his team down at Cottonopolis have been hard at work on their latest instalment - taking inspiration from the ideals of Japanese Aesthetics – a loose set of principles that highlight a multitude of aspects that allude to ‘BEAUTY’ in Japanese culture.

Interpreting the ‘moments’ and ‘ways of being’ into a celebration of the impermanence of life. The cocktails have been designed to be enjoyed in the pockets of times between those little moments that fill life. 

Cocktails are all about those little moment’s, whether we are celebrating, commemorating or just taking an hour out of life’s hectic schedule to sit and treat ourselves and our friends.” says Gethin.

We have interpreted these Japanese aesthetic principles in our own way and have tried to apply them in our cocktail making, focusing on ingredients, textures and aromas in a hope to create drinks that reflect in life’s little pleasures.”

Artist and tattooist Gre Hale has also been drawn on board to create a menu beautifully designed to also reflect these principles. The menu is printed on beautiful, natural stock with a side-sewn spine reminiscent of Japanese binding.

In keeping with the principles of Japanese Aesthetics, the menu itself aims to be self-fulfilling, with a series of collaborations with artists on events within the venue throughout the year to really drive the message that the Principles Menu hopes to convey.

The menu is available now and promises to be just as delicious as the award-winning year in 2018. So sit back and enjoy good cocktails and life’s little victories whatever the occasion at Cottonopolis this summer. 


The Principles Menu 

Available now at Cottonopolis


Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
0161 236 5144