Half Price Cocktails Are Go!

Sweet Jiminy Cricket, have you seen the lovely lit-up piano bar gracing our fantastic and revamped upstairs bar area? It’s the handiwork of our dear and talented Chris, Mercedes’ fella and second most handsome bloke she knows (after the gorgeous puppy Sherlock, obvs).

We’ve been celebrating our new bar in style with half price cocktails, shaken and stirred for your sipping pleasure as we get our reinvigorated cocktail menu on the go.

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Sip sip, friends.

Our nearest and dearest threw on their finest gladrags to join us in experiencing our new cocktails menu with a cheeky 50% off, from the stylish Old Fashioned to the classic tropical Mai Tai and the always-popular Elderflower Collins. Add house specials like the Naked Busker to the mix and you’re looking at a brilliant selection at some pretty tasty prices.

The shenanigans were photographed here by Chris by the way, because he’s a man of many talents indeed!

It’s been fantastic getting back to doing what we love and lighting up your evenings, although if you’re sad you missed out on half price cocktails with us, don’t worry! There’s another chance to get 50% off, especially if you book a table for this coming weekend for you and yours.

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We’re pretty proud of our classy new menu. Picked up yours yet?

At a loss for the weekend? Heck, even if you’ve already made plans, rethink your venue options and get down to Aroma! We’ve got half price cocktails going on once more with feeling for the evenings of 23rd and 24th February only. Settle in with us and sip on the finest we can shake up for you, and maybe even get a head start on our Wine Tasting night in March while you’re at it.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Secrets Revealed!

That Salted Caramel Espresso Martini!

Salted Caramel Martini

Our Norwich Cocktail Week special went down a storm last week. We shook so many, my triceps actually ache. Whilst mixing and stirring and shaking, I found myself looking up into the alluring eyes of interested customers, looming over and trying to get a sneak peek of our secret recipes! Aha! Wouldn’t you just love to know?!

Well what the heck, we’re no Malteser and as my four year old nephew keeps reminding me —  sharing is caring!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Wilkins Salted Caramel Sauce (1 large bar spoon, more for garnish)

Aroma Guatamala Double Espresso (must be fresh and hot, 50ml)

Kahlua Coffee Liqueur (1shot, 25ml)

A standard, unflavoured vodka (1shot, 25ml)

Method to our madness: pre-chill your martini glass with ice and water. When the sides are frosty, chuck out the ice and dab dab dab any excess water with a napkin. In a cocktail shaker, combine the hot espresso with the heaped bar spoon of salted caramel. Stir until dissolved.

Add the Kahlua and the vodka, then fill with ice and shake, shake, shake. Seriously… if you don’t shake vigorously enough, your cocktail wont foam and the texture is a big part of this cocktail!

Double strain into your martini glass. That’s DOUBLE strain… meaning you need to run the cocktail through not only the strainer holes in your shaker (or hawthorn, if using Bostons), as well as through a fine strainer. At home, a simple kitchen sieve will do the trick. Use a knife to spread salted caramel sauce around the rim of the glass and finish off with some coffee beans for garnish (an even number of coffee beans are un-lucky, so stick to three!*).

If you try to use anything other than espresso with a decent crema, your cocktail will still be tasty, but your texture and aesthetic will not be the same. We’re lucky to have a beast of a coffee machine in Aroma and baristas with the know-how. But if you have an espresso machine at home, you should be able to re-create this cocktail. Come pick our brains, we give tips freely!

*The three beans originates from the traditional garnish for sambuca called ‘con la mosca’, meaning ‘with the fly’. They represent health, wealth and happiness.

It may not be the healthiest version of the classic espresso martini, and at £8 you’ve got the have the wealth. But it’s gonna put a massive smile on your face!

– Cocktail Maestro Mercedes