Pornstars, Starwars and Gin

What do Pornstars, Starwars and Gin all have in common? They’re all events we have planned in May!

We’ve gone events mad this May, we have 6 planned all of which promise to be great! Below is a rundown in order of the evenings:

4th May: Starwars Day Party!
Pretty much what is says on the tin: Expect Themed drinks, Cantina music, and us to be geeking out….4pm till Late

5th May: Cinco De Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on 5th May. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

We have teamed up with Espolon Tequila to bring you a Mexican themed evening and a special cocktail menu of Tequila drinks!

10th May: Cocktail Culture :: From The Beginning in partnership with The Birmingham Whisky Club

The Vanguard is teaming up with The Whisky Club for a series of creative events starting with From The Beginning.

Enjoy a night learning about and trying 4 historic cocktail tasters created by The Vanguard owner and cocktail expert, Samuel Boulton.

Not all drinks on the night will be whisky based so it is an event for cocktail enthusiasts of all types.

The line up is to be confirmed…

Cost: £20 standard or £15 members of The Birmingham Whisky Club*

Cocktails are 50ml.

Details

7:00 pm – Tasting begins, you will then be led through a selection of different cocktails and get a chance to ask all of your burning questions throughout.

9:00 pm – Although the tasting is over, please feel free to stick around and try some other whiskies at the bar. Anything you were afraid to ask? Grab our resident expert and have all of your queries answered.

Terms & Conditions
No refunds or transfers. The event is strictly over 18’s Only. If you’re lucky enough to look under 25, please bring your photo ID to the event with you. Tickets are sent in e-ticket format. These don’t need to be printed but please have available on your phone on request.

*To order your Birmingham Whisky Club member ticket and claim a cracking £5 off, please enter your code on your membership letter in the “promotional code” box. If you need assistance, please email us and we will be happy to drop you a reminder. One discounted ticket available per member.

Tickers available here

11th/12 May: Masons Gin VS The Vermouth Ambassador

Gin and vermouth have lived in harmony for many years but now we need an answer, who is truly king. The new popular Gin or the 1000 year old Vermouth? Masons Gin has challenged our in-house Vermouth Ambassador to the challenge. Come enjoy a collection of drinks made especially for the evening and see which you prefer!

Throughout the weekend we’ll also be running an Instagram competition with the chance to win a visit to the Masons Distillery!

17th May: An Evening Inspired By Studio Ghibli

We have been inspired by so much when making drinks, Studio Ghibli inspired us to create one of our best selling cocktails so we’ve decided to devote a whole night to them and Hayao Miyazaki.

We will be showcasing 5 drinks through the event each inspired by a different Studio Ghibli film, as well as some interesting pairings all whilst listening to the beautiful music of Joe Hisaishi.

Tickets are £30 (IB Discount with card and code IBGhibli)

25th May: Meet The Maker – The Pornstar Martini

Douglas Ankrah the inventor of the Pornstar Martini will be here telling us about how he made one of the most recognisable modern cocktails. We’ll have a special price on Pornstar Martinis and Passionfruit Bellinis for the evening as well!

Up & Coming Events!

So we’re really keeping ourselves busy at the moment, we have two events to run past you!

Firstly is on the dreaded Friday 13th April!

French Apéritif Evening with UK Brand Ambassador Clotilde Lataille

We will be showcasing some amazing french brands Byrrh Grand Quinquina and Suze d’Autrefois with a special cocktail menu and have the UK brand Ambassador Clotilde Lataille on hand to share her experience and knowledge!

This evening promises to be a great introduction to how we use classic french sprits in modern cocktails! Reservations not necessary, but recommended.

The second event – and it’s a big one!

An Evening Inspired by Studio Ghibli

We have been inspired by so much when making drinks, Studio Ghibli inspired us to create one of our best selling cocktails so we’ve decided to devote a whole night to them and Hayao Miyazaki.

We will be showcasing 5 drinks through the event each inspired by a different Studio Ghibli film, as well as some interesting pairings all whilst listening to the beautiful music of Joe Hisaishi.

Tickets are £30 (£5 Discount with IB card and code IBGhibli)

The event is filling up quickly! Order your tickets here Don’t be disappointed!

In Collaboration with Nikka Whisky

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Win a free round!

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We’re giving away a free round of cocktails (or Mead!) to 1 lucky winner this month! All you need to do is sign up to our newsletter (in the menu to the right or here) and we will be picking a winner at the end of the month!

We promise we won’t be spamming you, we plan to send out 3/4 emails a year and maybe the occasional event invite (like our studio Ghibli evening we have in the pipeline….hint hint)!

We’ll also be keeping you up to date with any changes we make, such as our opening hours which we have now extended:

Wednesday: 4pm – 11pm
Thursday: 4pm – 11pm
Friday: 4pm – 12pm
Saturday: 1pm – 12pm

New Cocktail!

This week sees the arrival of our long awaited Japanese Milk Punch! Designed in a true Japanese style, light, delicate but full of layers.

The main ingredients being Akashi Tai Honjozo Tokubetsu Sake & Ginjo Yuzushu, what does this mean?

Honjozo Sake has a rice polishing rate of 60%, this means they take 40% of the outer shell of the rice away to expose more of the starchy centre of the grain. Then a small amount of brewers alcohol is added to the final product.

Yuzu is a fantastic ingredient which we’re slightly obsessed with! Sweet, sour & sherbety Yuzu is a type of Japanese lemon, commonly found in Japanese and Korean cooking, we’re using a Sake based Yuzushu made from blending Yuzu juice, sake, alcohol and sugar. Yuzu is known for its oils which contain the majority of it’s flavour, hence the bottle is left unfiltered and needs a shake before usage.

The Japanese Milk Punch is available from Wednesday 4th while stocks last!

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Japanese Milk Punch

Cocktail Post – The Milk Punch

“Appearances can be deceiving. Take, for example, Clarified Milk Punch, an old English preparation that dates back nearly three centuries. You’d never guess at first glance that milk is a main ingredient in the punch, but thanks to a little liquid alchemy—based upon acid’s curdling effects when mixed with dairy—this milk-rich punch can be clear as day. Combining a host of spirits and spices with a grassy green tea, Lay lets his mixture meld before its final strain. The result? A silken, spirited punch that withstands the test of time.” Imbibe Magazine (2015).

Milk Punch

Ingredients

600ml Pere Magloire VS
200ml Grand Marnier
150ml Dark Rum
150ml Aged Rum
240ml Lemon Juice (+90ml for later)
60ml Lime
720ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
6 Cloves
30 Coriander Seeds
3 All Spice berries
3 Star Anice
1 Cinnamon Stick
500ml Rooibos Tea
400g Sugar
8 Peels of Lemons
1200ml Milk

Tools
2 large, airtight containers
Cutting board
Sharp knife
Mortar and pestle
Muddler
Wooden spoon
Large saucepan
Chinois strainer
Cheesecloth
Ladle

1. Zest the lemons, taking care to avoid the white pith. Add the zest to a large airtight container.

2. Coarsely grind the spices (if no mortar and pestle you can add hole but will impart less flavour). Add the spices to the container, along with the sugar and the lemon & lime juice. Muddle the mixture.

3. Add Pineapple Juice to the lemon peels.

4. Pour in the brewed tea as well as the spirits and bitters and stir to combine. Add boiling water and cover immediately. Let for 3 days in the refrigerator, then strain the mixture into a clean container.

5. Bring the milk to just before boiling, think cappuccino temperature. Add the milk and the remaining lemon juice to the strained mixture—the milk will curdle and the solids will coagulate. Leave in the fridge for 8 hours.

6. Strain the liquid a little at a time through a fine chinois lined with cheesecloth. Strain again with clean coffee filters if needed.

Served over block ice and Garnish with Nutmeg!