Spa @ the Bar, Suffolk

There are fewer things in life more deserved and soul replenishing than weekend drinks and a spa treatment or two. Just perfect. And up until now the two have rarely, if ever, crossed paths. But that’s all changed thanks to the 17th century Swan at Lavenham who created a choice of cocktails that are a taster of what’s to come when the hotel opens its new Weavers’ House Spa in March 2015.

I love this idea and it’s such a fantastic way to promote the new spa in not only a delicious and creative way, but also in a place with high footfall and somewhere not generally associated with spa treatments and relaxation. By doing this and having something tangible and appealing that’s associated with the spa, the hotel is targeting a whole new set of potential spa visitors in the most unlikely of places.

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The five cocktails on offer are named after a selection Temple Spa products that will be used in the spa when it opens, with ingredients and flavours reflecting each product. It’s a great idea already but the kicker is that each of the cocktails comes with a miniature sample of the product it’s channelling, meaning I walked away with moisturising lip balm, face cream and aromatherapy resting cream. Win.

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Truffletini – truffle infused vodka base, fresh strawberry puree, Passoã, and passion fruit juice. The Truffletini comes with a tube of award winning Skin Truffle by Temple Spa.

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I could drink Truffletinis all day. It tasted like a summer fruit juice and the strawberry puree gave it a thick, luxurious consistency. Just so good.

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All Talk – Cointreau, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, pineapple juice and a dash of grenadine. All Talk comes with moisturising lip balm.

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You can taste the alcohol in All Talk much more so than in the Truffletini (which isn’t a bad thing) and it has a definite Caribbean vibe going on with the rum and pineapple juice combination.

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Repose – truffle infused vodka with orange, lavender and chamomile. Repose comes with a jar of aromatherapy resting cream.

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There’s a very strong lavender flavour to Repose and when mixed with the chamomile makes for a warm and comforting drink. I did at times though feel like I was drinking liquid lavender and not much else and as it’s not my favourite flavour I could definitely only manage one of these.

The other cocktails I didn’t try were Take a Grip – a spa-esque mojito with a Mediterranean flavour, and Truffle Noir – a smooth vodka, creme de cacao and Cointreau based drink.

The cocktails are £10.75 each which isn’t cheap but they are completely unique and their creativity, novelty and flavours have made me want to visit the spa which, when all is said and done, is the aim of the game. I love the combination of the spa products’ names and flavours and how they translate into the cocktails because I had no idea face cream and lip balm could be so tasty.

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(I was a guest of The Swan at Lavenham) 

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