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November 5, 2018

Thirty drinks brands, sixteen bars and more drinks than you can shake a swizzle stick at - it must be the Cocktails in the City festival.

While many people will still be recovering after last month's Edinburgh Cocktail Festival, the capital's more resilient mixed drink enthusiasts will be girding their loins for this weekend's Cocktails in the City festival.

Taking place at The Hub, the event will run on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November from 6pm until 11pm.

Tickets are £12 and include entry, one cocktail and a cocktail booklet. Of course, you can buy more cocktails from the different bars at the venue. All cocktails are £6.50 on the night.

Among the sixteen bars in attendance are 5pm faves such as Le Monde, Hawksmoor and 56 North.

All the participating bars are making signature cocktails for the event. For example, Juniper Bar will be shaking up a stream of Royal Blossoms.

The drink features Pickering's pink grapefruit and lemongrass liqueur, black walnut bitters, all topped up with Prosecco and finished with a lemongrass and grapefruit foam.

It's described as 'fruity, zesty, refreshing'.

As well as sampling the cocktails, guests can get hands-on with three ticketed master classes.

Perfect Espresso Martini

Wake up and smell the coffee! It's Espresso Martini time.

Wake up and smell the coffee! It's Espresso Martini time. Pic: Cocktails in the City.

Tia Maria and the Coffee Project will be teaching how to create the perfect Espresso Martini while The Botanist Gin brand ambassador will be delving into the botanicals used in Botanist Gin.

Guests will also have the opportunity to freestyle their Botanist and tonic with 22 herbs and flowers foraged by hand from the hills, shores and bogs of Islay, home of The Botanist.

Last but not least will be hosting the intriguing-sounding Immersive Tasting Rooms.

Of course, non-alcoholic cocktails will be available at all the bars.

And if you fancy a bite to eat before or after your visit to Cocktails in the City then 5pm restaurants Asti, L'escargot bleu and The Basement are all a two minute walk away on Broughton Street.