Manchester House, Manchester
At Lounge On 12, in the heart of Manchester, the team love Brockmans. It sits alongside more traditional brands as one of their top selling gins. We sat down with Greg Adams, a member of the Bar Training and Development Team over a Brockmans & tonic.
Set above the city’s skyline and part of the renowned Manchester House restaurant, over forty gins sit on its impressive back bar. “We have an ethos of customer service,” says Greg. “We are the venue that doesn’t say ‘no’. This means that we stock a wide variety of spirits, mixers and other drinks to meet every request from our guests”.
Customers often ask for recommendations and according to Greg, Brockmans is the ‘go to’ gin for bartenders. The feedback is nearly always positive. “Many people still don’t necessarily ask for it but when they spot it on the bar or it’s suggested to them, they usually come back for more. Many of our guests are regulars and the most popular serve is Brockmans and tonic, garnished with pink grapefruit zest and blackberries. However, we often serve Brockmans in a Martini and it also works brilliantly as a Bramble”.
Greg came to Manchester for university to pursue a career in youth & community work. During his degree, he worked part time in local bars. By the time he completed his course, his main passion was mixology. 12 years later, he remains as enthusiastic and passionate about the industry as ever. “I use many of the skills I learnt while studying for my degree, so the work wasn’t wasted in any way. I just found my niche by accident rather than design”.
Lounge on 12 serves over 250 customers on a busy evening. “Gin is a big seller,” says Greg. “And Brockmans is one of the most popular of all”.
If Manchester is a bit too far, Greg shared his Sweet Brockmans Martini recipe:
By Greg Adams
- 45ml Brockmans
- 15ml Sweet Vermouth (we use Antica Formula)
- 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Plum Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with pink grapefruit zest and a blackberry