Video: Leeds West Indian carnival cocktail’s a tipple with taste of summer
by Alison Bellamy
A SUNNY CARIBBEAN cocktail has been specially created to mark this year's Leeds West Indian carnival.
The Creme de Carnival cocktail has been mixed in honour of the long-standing history of the annual celebration, held each August Bank Holiday Monday, in Chapeltown.
The event is now in its 46th year, and attracts a crowd of around 100,000 people.
At one of the city's newest cocktail bars The Alchemist, in the Trinity Leeds centre, award-winning mixologist Tom Fearon, 24, created the tasty treat.
The drink will be on sale as a limited edition to the public over the August Bank Holiday weekend when thousands of visitors will descend on the city.
To mark the occasion, carnival costume makers Lorina Gumbs and Renata Gordon, from Leeds, turned up in full Caribbean regalia, causing shoppers at the Trinity Centre to stop and stare, as they tested out the drink.
Lorina said: "It is fabulous, a real taste of sunshine."
Jenny McPhee, of The Alchemist, said: "It will be on sale over the carnival weekend.
"It is unusual for us to create a cocktail for a specific event, but for carnival and all that Caribbean sunshine, it is perfect."
Mixologist Tom said: "The carnival is one of the city's major summer events, so it was fitting to make it with Jamaican rum.
"I used a flame to caramelise the bananas." The first carnival in Europe was held in Leeds in 1967 and organised by Arthur France, who is still at the helm.
Carnival spokeswoman Susan Pitter said: "This is a fantastic idea to create the perfect cocktail in honour of carnival."
The Alchemist is open for morning coffee, brunch, lunch and dinner offering everything Living Ventures are renowned for – excellent service, innovative cocktails and great food.