Cottonopolis Launches Stunning New Cocktails Inspired by Profound Japanese Idioms

Cottonopolis have launched a stunning new cocktail menu which is inspired by a range of traditional Japanese idioms, parables and sayings.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 27 June 2018

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The concept for these cocktails reflects the pan-Asian ethos of Cottonopolis. The drinks themselves are expertly crafted by in-house mixologist Gethin Jones with a range of authentic and unique ingredients like yuzu, shisho, eucalyptus and verbena oil just to name a few.

In short, these drinks are works of art, and even the menu is one of the most beautifully presented things I have ever seen. So, without further ado, here is a list of the exquisite new cocktails at Cottonopolis.

Ten Men, Ten Colours

Meaning: Everyone has their own tastes
Portobello Road Gin, Lillet Rose, Rhubarb Green Apple & Red Sorrel Shrub, Eucalyptus, Lime, Hibiscus Tonic 

Even monkeys fall from trees

Meaning: Even an expert can make mistakes
Monkey 47 Gin, Citadelle Aged Gin, White Peach & Papaya Cordial, Jinro Falernum,  Banana, Ginger,  Lemon Kiwi Kombucha

Evil cause, evil effect

Meaning: You reap what you sow
Don Julio Tequila Infused With Roasted Pineapple, Shiso and Yuzu, Lillet Blanc, Suze, Citric Acid, Sour Pineapple Paint

Gold coins to a cat

Meaning: Don’t offer things to people who will not appreciate them
Tanqueray Gin Infused With Strawberry, Acai Liqueur, Sake Watermelon, Lime

井の中の蛙大 海を知らず
A frog in a well knows nothing of the great sea

Meaning: A narrow-minded person will never see the bigger picture
Havana 7yr Rum, British Mint & Caramel, Midori Chartreuse Elixir, Prosecco

Drunken death, dreamy life

Meaning: To dream your life away
Cottonopolis Gin, Raspberry & Bergamot Cordial, Lemon Verbena Oil

The weak are meat the strong eat

Meaning: Survival of the fittest
Nikka From The Barrel Whisky,  Blood Orange Liqueur Byrrh,  Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Sweet & Savory Bitters, Duck Fat Washed

木の実は元 へ落つ
The Fruits of the tree falls to its roots

Meaning: The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
Ferdinands Quince Gin, Bulleit Bourbon, Green Tea, Graviola & Rose Infused Mirin, Lemon

Wake from death, return to life

Meaning: To come out of a desperate situation
Sauvelle Vodka, Freya Birch Spirit, Elderflower, Tonic Syrup, Mineral Water, House Made Wild Berry “Berocca”

明日は明日 の風が吹
Tomorrow’s wind will blow tomorrow

Meaning: Tomorrow is another day
Plantation 3yr, Pineapple And Overproof Rums, Aluna Coconut Rum,  Robata Grilled Mango, Black “Tiki” Tea Citrus, Milk Washed

Ocean thousand, mountain thousand

Meaning: Someone with lots of experience who can wiggle out of any situation- similar to ‘a sly old fox.’
Talisker Storm Scotch, Sea Buckthorn, Oakmoss, Ricard Pastis, Lemon, Whites, The Great Wave


明日は明日 の風が
Pulling water to my own rice paddy

Meaning: Doing things that only benefit yourself
Ketel One Vodka Infused With Sweet Toasted Rice, Kumquat Plum Sake,  Milk Syrup

Different body, same mind

Meaning: Great minds think alike
Augier Singulier Cognac, Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, Suze Peach Hop, Blackcurrant Leaf & Dandylion Bitters

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The Cottonopolis cocktails were designed by Gethin Jones, the photos were taken by Lucas Smith and the menu design, and artwork was by Jack Kimberley.

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