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The world’s strongest gin is now available with a 95% ABV

This will knock your socks off.

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Anno Gin

A gin company have created the worlds strongest gin, coming in at a whopping 95% abv.

After this year, we might just need something this strong to help us forget about the ups and down! 

Luckily, it’s been released just in time for Christmas. 

The Anno Extreme 95 Gin was created by scientist who quit their jobs almost 10 years ago and turned to creating booze for a living.

Anno Gin

Anno Extreme 95 surprisingly has tasty flavour of fennel, coriander, nutmeg and liquorice.

According to the tasting notes it has ‘robust juniper and smooth spices’ that ‘soften into a fresh bite of citrus with sweet herbal notes’.

There is also a ‘long, dry and complex’ finish with ‘hints of warm liquorice’. 

The Kent-based company says: “Developed by scientists with a taste for adventure and pushing the limits of possibility, Anno Extreme 95 Gin was produced with one goal in mind – to create ‘the spirit of alchemy’.

“A gin that packs more punch and flavour, drop for drop, than any other spirit in the world.

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“We use an extended distillation with a mix of steeped and vapour infused botanicals to extract huge flavour, packed into a 20cl bottle.”

And the best thing about it is that it’s economical. A normal G&T will have either a single (25ml) or double (50ml) shot of gin, to get the full G&T experience with this gin you only need 5ml. 

That gives you a gull-flavoured G&T with 75% less alcohol.

But if you can handle a full 25ml shot, you’ll get a ‘huge botanical hit with a higher strength’.

Anno Gin

Before this, a Swedish company, Strane Ultra Uncut held the title of world’s strongest gin with 82% abv.

The gin was released in 2018, at the time, the company said: “With Strane Ultra Uncut 82.5 percent, [brewer] Pär Caldenby has deliberately tweaked the production process to take the intensity and strength to a new level.

“This was done with a much stronger charge of the still than usual and also by doubling the amount of botanicals, for massive flavour.

“Exercising due care, it can be savoured neat and ideally well chilled, in very small sips (with a glass of water on the side), which delivers an intensive juniper-led flavour impact, with great complexity from the other botanicals, including coriander seeds, almonds, liquorice root, lime and fresh herbs.”

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Lazy Sundae opens this weekend with bao ice cream sandwiches and other goodies

Serving up ice cream, pancakes, bubble tea and much more

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Lazy Sundae’s grand opening is happening this weekend, on Saturday May 8th, and if you have a sweet tooth you’re not going to want to miss it.

The first 50 customers through the door can get their hands on some exclusive goodie bags, filled with things like Lazy Sundae tropical-themed cutlery, a Lazy bottle (premium bubble tea with a panna cotta pudding/aloe vera base) and a Tote Bag.

Lazy Sundae’s menu consists of three core elements: Premium Bubble Tea, Souffle Pancakes and Artisan Ice Creams.

All drinks are handmade and fresh to order with specials including their Strawberry Matcha Oat Latte and ‘Lazy Bottles’ that include a panna cotta pudding base.

Manchester’s Finest

Manchester’s Finest

The ice cream offering features a range of popular cultural flavours, including Milo, Cereal Milk, Taro and Vietnamese Ice Coffee, and they even do a pineapple bao ice cream sandwich.

Lazy Sundae was meant to open a year ago but was postponed due to the Covid pandemic, but this gave the team time to hone and perfect their delicious treats.

Founder Jacqueline Dang is an entrepreneur with a background in setting up Manchester’s first bubble tea store, Bobo Tea situated in Manchester Arndale.

She says Lazy Sundae is a ‘space where people can enjoy our products and be culturally educated on Asian inspired desserts, we want to be able to share our love for travel inspired flavours and desserts from the Far East with a modern twist’.

Manchester’s Finest

Manchester’s Finest

Co-founder Kwoklun Dang added: “Customers can expect to be transported somewhere warm, our flavours are inspired by some of our favourite destinations around the world.”

He lists Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong as sources of inspiration for the range of products on offer.

Both founders are dog lovers and as a result Lazy Sundae will be a pooch friendly establishment – there’ll also be a dog friendly lactose free ice cream available.

Lazy Sundae will be open every day from 12pm to 8pm, and is located in the Northern Quarter, at 108 Tib Street, M4 1LR.

Give them a follow on Instagram here to stay up to date.

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There’s a pub with a huge beer garden next to Manchester Airport’s runway

Perfect for watching the world go by

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The Airport

One of the best parts of waiting to jet off for a holiday is having a pint or two or three in the airport before take off.

Sadly we can’t experience this joy at the moment, as international travel is currently off the cards due to lockdown restrictions.

What we can do, however, is head down to the airport for the next best thing – a drink in a huge beer garden directly beside one of Manchester Airport’s runways.

The Airport

The Airport pub is situated next to one of the airport’s fully functioning runways, meaning you can watch the world come and go while you enjoy a drink.

The pub is the ideal spot to dream of your next holiday while we all wait for on update on when we can go abroad again, or just for enjoying a few drinks with mates while watching the planes.

When the pub reopens inside on May 17th you’ll be able to head indoors and take a seat in one of the booths, which are designed to look like circular turbine engines.

The Airport

The dining area also features floor-to-ceiling glass windows meaning you can also watch the planes come and go from inside the venue.

The menu includes classics like burgers, pizzas, ribs, and fish and chips, as well as plenty of breakfast options – there’s also going to be a brand new menu introduced on May 17th.

The Airport

The bar is fully stocked with beers, wines, gins, cocktails and whatever else you fancy, and they’re even doing 20% off fizz from 5pm-10pm on Fridays.

The Airport pub is open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm for walk-ins only, and is located at Ringway Rd, Manchester, M22 5WH.

You can find more information on the website here.

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Printworks is reopening on May 17th with some big food and drink offers

‘We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back and helping visitors make up for lost time’

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Manchester’s very own Printworks is reopening on Monday May 17th and it’s got some very special offers to welcome back guests with.

The iconic venue plans to ‘help Mancunians make up for lost time’ when it throws open its doors later this month.  

Featuring a big screen cinema, pub lunches and everything in between, Manchester’s number one entertainment venue is looking forward to welcoming everyone back for indoor drinks, dining and entertainment.

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Places like Vue Cinema, Treetop Adventure Golf, Frankie and Benny’s, Escape Reality have confirmed that they will be welcoming visitors from May 17th, alongside many other venues. 

Jason Shay, Centre Director at Printworks, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back and helping visitors make up for lost time and creating memories to last a lifetime!

“Sit back and relax with family and friends, and leave the cooking and days out to Printworks with delicious indoor dining and entertainment.

“We’ll be making sure the reopening of Printworks goes smoothly and safely with plenty of safety measures in place to protect visitors and staff.”

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And to celebrate the reopening of indoor dining and entertainment, Printworks has some exclusive offers for everyone: 

Bierkeller

You can get exclusive student offers when you sign up for a student card, including 50% off food Monday to Friday, £5 on selected cocktails, £2.50 pints and more. 

Escape Reality

Save money with 50% off any weekday before June 18th. Claim the offer by booking ahead and using the code WEAREBACK50. 

Frankie and Benny’s

Register with Frankie and Benny’s Rewards online for a free main meal or one bottle of Prosecco (worth £10) to celebrate on your birthday. Make sure you sign up in advance as vouchers are sent via email 10 days before your birthday. Vouchers are valid for 50 days from the date of the email. T&Cs apply.

Tenpin

Tenpin has plenty of offers and discounts available throughout the week including 50% off bowling and drinking on Tenpin Tuesdays, 25% off on Fridays, one game for a family of four from £23.20 and more. 

Vue Cinema

You can catch a kids’ film from £2.49 for both children and adults at Vue Cinema’s mini mornings.

Walkabout

Grab some discounted drinks every Friday and Saturday from 3pm onwards, including 2 for £12 cocktails.

Wasabi

As a thank you to hardworking NHS staff, Wasabi is offering a 30% discount off food and drinks for all NHS workers – just bring your NHS ID card.

Printworks will be following the current government guidelines for health and safety measures, like the Rule of 6 or two households only for all indoor venues, and it’s asking people to book in advance where possible.

For more information head over to the Printworks website here.

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