Cocktails in a class of their own at San Carlo Fumo
Fumo has shaken up Birmingham’s lively bar scene offering a range of more than 50 cocktails – including ‘quirky creations’ and ‘twists on classics’.
The stunning, sweeping marble bar in the new concept restaurant in Waterloo Street has a team of professional mixologists who have developed the extensive list using leading brands of spirits, liqueurs, Champagne and sparkling wines. Experienced bar-staff are also able to make bespoke drinks based on preferred personal taste.
City&Style were lucky enough to be invited down to San Carlo Fumo in Birmingham city centre for a cocktail masterclass. We would like to consider ourselves as cocktail connoisseurs but once Lee our mixologist went into the history of specific cocktails and spirits, we discovered that there was a lot we didn’t know about our favourite drinks.
We were all asked to bring along a weird ingredient to challenge Lee to create a cocktail from but he didn’t even blink when he saw the things that we had considered slightly odd. As tempting as it was to bring something gross, we had a feeling we would probably end up having to drink it, so we opted for Cayenne pepper.
The cayenne pepper was added to a fusion of vodka, passion fruit and a few other ingredients to create a sweet and delicious cocktail with a powerful kick.
A visit to San Carlo Fumo is never complete without sampling the tapas and as we enjoyed our lunch at the bar, Lee whipped up some cocktail classics including our beloved Mojito.
Fumo’s signature cocktail is the Cioccolata Negroni (Smoked Chocolate Negroni) – a twist on the classic Negroni – adding dark chocolate and dandelion and burdock cocktail bitters and smoked black tea liqueur, served over ice and finished with a flamed orange zest.
If you haven’t yet managed to visit San Carlo Fumo, we recommend you take a trip and sample their range of cocktails as we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised.