discover what’s happening on the riverstation bar
We’re very proud to be a part of Bristol’s thriving restaurant scene. Having been at our waterside location for over 17 years, we’ve seen the city blossom into its current vibrant self, with a broad range of establishments offering a great selection of food and wine. But Bristol has another side that’s really come into its own over the past decade. A flourish of high end cocktail bars, followed by the recent surge in craft beers bars and small boutique coffee shops has cemented Bristol’s reputation as a certified foodie destination. Not ones to miss the boat on such developments, we’ve also been hard at work, quietly crafting some delicious cocktails and honing our beer and spirits selection into a range that we’re really proud to shout about.
Drawing on the same values that we believe make our food so special – sourcing seasonal, inventive ingredients from local independent producers – we’ve got a cocktail list that we hope offers something to everyone, whether you’re after a pre-dinner aperitif, or whiling away an afternoon on our sun soaked terrace. It’s any bartenders dream to have access to the range of produce that riverstation’s kitchen holds, alongside the wealth of knowledge and skills held by our chefs. By utilising this great resource, and by changing our cocktail menu seasonally, we aim to keep things exciting for customers and bar staff alike.
This summer has been no different, and one of our favourite cocktails on riverstation’s current list is ‘The Southwest Secret’ – a local twist on a classic gin cocktail. Combining the lighter floral notes of Thornbury’s 6 O’Clock gin with Somerset’s very own Cider Brandy (plus Cointreau, lemon juice, a dash of egg white and our house-made grenadine) – it’s a twist on one of gin’s great cocktails, ‘The White Lady’. Originally, adding an apple spirit (traditionally Calvados) and grenadine, gave you ‘The Pink Lady’ (or ‘The Secret Cocktail’ to those who thought ordering a Pink Lady wasn’t quite macho enough!). Here at riverstation we’ve brought things a little closer to home with our choice of apple spirit, and created ‘The Southwest Secret’. Like all of the classic ‘sour’ drinks, it strikes a wonderful balance between the strength of the spirits, the sweetness of the liqueur and the sharp bite of the lemon juice. The egg white holdings everything together and creates a light foamy texture, while the grenadine aides the drink by providing both colour and an extra level of complexity to the flavour.
Come of down to waterside bar+kitchen before we have to wave the summer goodbye and try this little treat for yourself… or if you have a different tipple of choice, you can also see the rest of our cocktail list here.