Elixir turns 1

Manchester’s enchanting cocktail apothecary, Elixir, unveiled their new-season drinks menu and celebrated their first birthday

By Lee Isherwood | 17 November 2014

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Manchester’s enchanting cocktail apothecary, Elixir, unveiled their new-season drinks menu and celebrated their first birthday last week with an extraordinary “Elements Experimental” experience.


Elixir introduced a creative new collection of delectable cocktails, each inspired by their philosophical element of Fire, Earth, Water, Air and Ether with theatrical props, specialised shots and magical décor. VIPs, corporates and media movers were in their element as they enjoyed tipples, nibbles, tonics and treats with theatrical entertainment in the form of fire eating, water tricks and air bubbles in and among the earth’s interior leaves and trees.

Party guests were later led mysteriously downstairs to Elixir’s basement event space to push through a wall of fur coats to find a decadent winter wonderland Narnia with sparkling ice, soft snow and intricate ice flakes where the music and mischief continued.



Meanwhile, ladies flocked to the party’s secret powder room for a piece of vintage glamour where they enjoyed sweet treats and heavenly refreshments with celebrity HD brows master Rachel Hall who’s team were on hand to perform brow makeovers and beauty touch ups. Elixir made sure the cocktails were flowing with samples of their latest additions to try, test and enjoy, carefully crafted to warm, flavour and inspire the pallet.


Partygoers revelled in the Mermaid’s Teardrop (£8.50) an aquatic blend of vodka, kwai feh, coconut and ocean syrup with a teardrop ice bomb and chocolate sea-glass shell. Inspired by the flame’s spirit in motion, Elixir’s cocktail By The Fire (£8.50) proved to be another cherished tipple comprising of rum, dark chocolate liqueur, homemade chocolate syrup and a splash of cream, topped with a flaming mallow foam and a skewered campfire treat.


And for gin advocates came the mischievous and sweet Hope Floats creation (£8.50) a playful twist on the classic white lady, with homemade bubble-gum gin and limoncello, egg white and lemon juice with a “hubble-bubble” cloud float, garnished with mini bubbles to blow.

Elixir’s owners Jess & Dan Purnell expressed their delight over the new-season menu and commented on their birthday success:
“It’s been a wonderful year for Elixir and we’re over the moon to be turning one this evening. We’ve received a fantastic response from the new cocktails too! We wanted to create something for people to enjoy, share and experience. For us, that’s what it’s all about and with the Elements Experimental menu that’s precisely what you’ll find.”