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RARA REVIEWS: Espresso Martini by Kian West

At this time of year there is not much motivation to party, unless you’re in Europe – and if you are, I don’t want to hear about it, there’s too much FOMO. For most of us it’s dark and dreary by the time we step out of work and any inclination to head back out is gone when Netflix asks, ‘Are you still watching?’ Fuck that, there’s still fun to be had, and my solution has been a post-work espresso martini. Newcastle loves coffee, Newcastle loves a drink – is it even worth asking what our favourite cocktail is? Thankfully, essentially every bar caters to our needs. Here’s where you can find the best.

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I love cocktails. I don’t know about you all, but as I’m getting older, I’m finding more pleasure in a well-mixed drink than throwing back house wines. On the back of last month’s Negroni week, I’ve tried some lovely takes on the classic. The Negroni was first mixed in Italy in 1919. A man named Count Camillo Negroni had obviously had a week like mine, and so asked his bartender to give his Americano an extra kick. The soda was swapped out for gin, and the Negroni was born. Thanks man. Bitter, sweet and served in a lowball, this is the perfect winter cocktail.  Here’s where you can find the best in Newcastle.

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