Battle of the Cocktails Launched at the Midland

The Midland Hotel’s competition to find a new cocktail to toast Morecambe’s 120th anniversary is getting very spirited.

Seven finalists have been chosen to battle it out in a bid to become the town’s official cocktail.

Each of the drinks will appear on The Midland’s cocktail menu during the month of November. The person whose drink proves the most popular with customers will win the top prize of a two-night break at the iconic hotel.

From more than 70 entries, the Midland’s manager Matt Stannaway and bar manager Katie Price chose the cocktails that best summed up the stylish seaside town.

They include ‘Morecambe M’lady’ which was created by Lesley Burgess.  Her drink is a fruity mix of gin, apple sours, Midori and apple juice.

Tequila, triple sec, pineapple, grenadine and lime juice give a holiday spirit to ‘Sunset Across the Bay’ by Nigel Rothwell.

James Clark has blended vodka, Kahlua and sarsaparilla to create his delicious ‘Black Sassy’.

‘Smugglers Sunrise’ from Chris Mason is a heady combination of amaretto, Cointreau, Chambord and bitter lemon.

Matt Peel has created ‘Liquid Sunshine’ by mixing Malibu, Archers, Amaretto, Taboo and pineapple juice.

Tony Yates has made his Morecambe cocktail from Cointreau, Midori, crème de cassis and lemonade topped with a cherry.

And for a taste of summer people can try ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ created by Eilene Thomas which combines Pimms, grenadine, orange juice and champagne.

Katie Price says: “We’ve been amazed by the diversity and quality of the entries. People have really put a lot of thought into creating a drink that captures the essence of this special hotel. With stunning views across Morecambe Bay, the Midland’s art deco bar is the perfect venue to enjoy a cocktail. It’s up to customers to choose which of these tempting new concoctions is a worthy winner and gets to stay on our cocktail menu.”

It was only in 1889 that the villages of Bare, Poulton-le-Sands and Torrisholme collectively became known as Morecambe.

The Midland overlooks the uninterrupted coastline of Morecambe Bay with views across to the Lake District.  The hotel’s Rotunda Bar serves a wide range of cocktails from the Cosmopolitan popularised by Sex in the City to White Russians and the Clockwork Orange.

The overall winner of The Midland’s cocktail competition will get a two night stay at the hotel and their name will be included on the cocktail menu as the creator of the new Morecambe cocktail.

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