22 Aug 2020 - 3 minutes
Cocktail Concoctions with The Ivy
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This week we asked you to vote between two powerhouses of the cocktail menu. The mighty Margarita or a boozy Bloody Mary. It was a close call, but you chose the Blood Mary!

A favourite for hangover cures, a French bartender called Fernand Petiot claims to have invented the Bloody Mary in 1921. He was working at the New York Bar in Paris at the time, and is said to have been created on the spur of the moment using only vodka and tomato juice. Fernand also claims to have developed it into what we know today. In an interview with The New Yorker in July 1964, he said “it was really nothing but vodka and tomato juice when I took it over. I cover the bottom of the shaker with four large dashes of salt, two dashes of black pepper, two dashes of cayenne pepper, and a layer of Worcestershire sauce; I then add a dash of lemon juice and some cracked ice, put in two ounces of vodka and two ounces of thick tomato juice, shake, strain, and pour.”

We partnered with the team over at The Ivy in Spinningfields to show you how they brew up their own Bloody Mary!

If you want to make your own, all you'll need is:

  • Tomato juice
  • Vodka
  • Tabasco
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Ice
  • Celery and anything else to garnish (olives etc)

Simply add dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper into a glass, then pour in all other ingredients with plenty of ice. Stir gently. Garnish with celery stalk, a lemon wedge and anything else you fancy.

And not to feel left out, here’s their Margarita, still looking mighty despite losing our vote!

Situated in Spinningfields, a visit to The Ivy is a must for both drinks and food lovers alike! Built across three floors, The Ivy Brasserie occupies the ground floor. Open all day, seven days a week, The Ivy Brasseries serves modern British classics to suit all occasions. All-encompassing menus feature a variety of dishes including truffled orzo pasta, lobster linguine and slow-cooked lamb shoulder.

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On the second floor you’ll find Ivy Asia, a glamorous late-night bar and restaurant serving Asian-inspired cocktails and small sharing dishes. The entire floor is illuminated with a show-stopping green, semi-precious stone floor, set against a striking antique gold mirrored bar, gold-gilt ceiling and luxurious Asian fabrics.


With a resident DJ every evening creating the soundtrack to your night in Ivy Asia. The Geisha Room, a stunning private room with bespoke mirrored artwork, is also available to hire privately. The bar, which is open until late, holds a wide range of spirits including a Japanese whisky collection, as well as offering a drinks menu featuring both classic and inventive cocktails.

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At the very top of The Ivy is the Roof Garden. With a retractable glass roof, The Ivy’s Roof Garden is open all year round so you can dine under the sun, stars or rain seven days a week. The Roof Garden is also fully heated and covered for the colder days and air conditioned for the warmer ones. Guests can enjoy food and cocktails amongst an abundance of florals, foliage and colourful fabrics, all creating an enchanting and weather proof garden oasis in the heart of Manchester.

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Thank you once again for the team at The Ivy. To book a table with them, visit their website here!

If you’d like to live only five minutes from this amazing bar and restaurant, we have stunning 2-bedroom apartments available at either AXIS on Deansgate or Manhattan just off New York street in the city-centre. To book a viewing, visit our website today!

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