Category Archives: Beverage

Cocktail of the Month – Firecracker

This month, we bring you a fiery, lively cocktail that will brighten up any grey autumn day!

This particular cocktail is made using Wild Turkey Whisky, Midori and peach purée shaken and poured over ice, topped up with lemonade and a hint of grenadine, giving it that red fiery colour.

Why not come and enjoy this cocktail at Donnington Valley Hotel’s Bacchus Bar this weekend?

Summer Cocktails

The team at the Bacchus Bar has been creating new cocktails for the summer. Here are two new colourful cocktails to try using the delicious Italian aperitif, Aperol, made from oranges, herbs and roots.

Aperol Spritz 
This delicious drink is made of 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 splash of soda, ice and orange. Extremely refreshing and light on the pallet.

Aperol Betty 
Slightly more fruity than the Spritz –  a true summer drink. Made of 2 parts Aperol, 1 part orange juice, 1 part grapefruit juice, ice and then shaken.

Both are ideal cocktails to enjoy on a summer’s evening at Donnington Valley.

Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa team.

A Summer Coffee Cocktail

Coffee plays a crucial role in today’s modern society. In 2004, coffee was the top agricultural export in twelve countries. The coffee we use here at Donnington is Lavazza, an Italian roasted bean. Although coffee was not invented in Italy, coffee is very much part of the Italian culture.

Although coffee is traditionally served as a hot drink, it’s also a great ingredient for a perfect summer cocktail. Here at Donnington Valley we have our own range of cocktails named after Greek gods in keeping with name of our main bar, Bacchus bar.  Our coffee of the month is coffee cocktail Hades, a cool coffee digestive.

Hades is known as King of the Underworld, and the hidden wealth of the Earth and brother to Zeus.

How to make Hades.
50ml – Baileys
25ml – milk
25ml – cream
1 shot – Lavazza espresso shot
25ml – Jameson’s Whisky

Shake all ingredients together and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with chocolate powder and a coffee bean.

Why not stop by the bar at Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa and try this or one of our other coctails?

Quick question for you coffee lovers what is the rarest and most expensive cups of coffee in the world?

A) Kopi Luwak

Rob Smith
Bar Manager

Al-Fresco Drinks

We are now coming into the summer period when temperatures are at their most favorable, and outdoor dining is becoming a popular option for a dinner party or hosting a gathering of friends. I have put together a list of my favorite Al-Fresco drinks, which are perfect for any occasion.

  1.  Citrus ice tea
    A refreshing option for an alternative to your traditional cup of tea. It’s an ideal accompaniment to a selection of sandwiches or cakes.
  2. Mojito
    A great way to start an evening, including fresh mint to enhance the flavour.
  3. Cosmopolitans
    A popular a classic cocktail, which looks as good as it tastes.
  4. Cucumber and elderflower spritzer
    A refreshing non-alcoholic option, ideal for re-hydrating
  5. Summer berry smoothie
    A healthy option packed with lots of fruit. Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are all at their best during the summer months and add a real freshness to this drink.
  6. Traditional Pimms and lemonade
    A perfect pre-dinner option, perfect for special occasions
  7. Lychee Martini
    A lively martini with a hint of summer. A simple, but delicious drink with a hint of the exotic.
  8. Amaretto fizz
    Perfect for celebrating. For something a little fruitier than a simple glass of fizz, add a shot of amaretto and a 2 shots of orange juice to sparkling wine.

Our patio area, overlooked by the attractive pond area, provides a perfect setting for an Alfresco gathering. Stop by to enjoy casual drinks with family and friends or make a selection from our tempting menu and enjoy lunch or dinner in relaxed surroundings.

Real Ale in the Bacchus Bar

For the first time ever the Bacchus bar at Donnington Valley hotel is now serving real ales, which are supplied by a local brewery, West Berkshire Brewery. They have a well deserved reputation for quality award winning ales. It’s important to us to source our products locally but most important is to ensure that we have products of an excellent quality for our guests and West Berkshire brewery ticks both of these boxes. Located just eight miles away from the hotel, the brewery ethos matches our own of using locally sourced ingredients and sustainable technologies, for example using hops locally produced and supplied by the only hop garden in old Berkshire.

Established in 1995 by David and Helen Maggs, West Berkshire Brewery is Berkshire’s largest independent brewer and has won 25 awards in the last 15 years. In 2008 West Berkshire Brewery’s Dr Hexter Healer won a Gold medal in the premium beer category at the SIBA SE region beer competition and more recently in 2010 Maggs magnificent mild was joint beer of the festival at the Oxford beer festival in October.

We currently stock Full Circle draft ale which is 4.5%, we also stock Dr Hexter Healer and Mr Chubbs in bottles, this can change monthly depending on the feedback we receive from our guests. Stop by for a pint and maybe a bite to eat at the WinePress