The Edgbaston’s signature cocktail To Dance? To Live! Celebrating Sir Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes at The Hippodrome

22nd January 2017

The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge produced their own cocktail tribute during the entire performance of Sir Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes at the Birmingham Hippodrome last week, which also included a fabulous after-show party.


The Hippodrome also served The Edgbaston’s signature and especially created cocktail ‘To Dance? To Live!
The cocktail designed by Luke Pearson, Bar Manager of The Edgbaston, inspired by the productions glamorous vintage feel consists of  Laurent Perrier Champagne, French grape spirit infused with Golden Plum, Grape seed tincture and Red Poppy Paint.


Luke commented this is a cocktail that truly reflects the passion for dance humming through the dancers veins. “Why do you want to dance?”……”Why do you want to live?”

The cocktail has been designed around  the unique performance of The Red Shoes, which is a ballet within a ballet, and on that basis The Edgbaston have created a grape within a grape cocktail. The glamorous setting of Paris and Monte Carlo meant The Edgbaston have chosen a plethora of exotic ingredients that would also not be out of place in the period the production relates to.

To celebrate the grape it of course all starts with Champagne, it’s delicious buttery Chardonnay notes are complimented by a distilled grape juice infused with French golden plum’s. At the heart of every grape is a drying grape seed tincture to prevent the drink from being overly sweet. Capturing the texture and intense colour of the red shoes, there is an edible red paint along the  inside of the flute which is flavoured with Red Poppy.


The Red Shoes is an intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences, will dazzle your senses and break your heart and is reported to be Matthew Bourne’s finest achievement to date. Such is its success the performance will be returning to The Birmingham Hippodrome in July. Find out more and book your tickets here