FIRST LOOK: One of Cork’s best cocktail terraces has had a fabulous floral makeover
By Friday, most of us are seeking an antidote to the hectic pace of modern city living.
Now one of our favourite city spots has transformed itself into a floral oasis of tranquillity just in time for the warmer months; Sanctuary at The River Club is the creative and calming new installation on the riverside terrace at The River Lee.
Thoughtfully created in partnership with Cork florists Fox Flowers, this season’s terrace is inspired by city parks, planned gardens, and Georgian squares and the wellness benefits of plants and herbs.
Clusters of blue-lilac wisteria cascade throughout, accompanied by rambling ivy, vines, and perfumed rosemary, jasmine, and lavender, all overlooking the rolling river below. The tranquil terrace is a place to engage with nature while enjoying an evening tipple or a weekend brunch with friends.
Potent plants and calming cocktails
While the feel-good vibes are unmistakeable, you won’t feel out of place if it’s a naughty night out you’re after either; the team has created five new cocktails exclusive to Sanctuary at The River Club, celebrating the calming powers of a handful of particularly potent plants.
Jasmine combines its floral tones with pineapple and Havana Club three-year-old rum to create a divine digestion-aiding tipple, Chamomile incorporates its fragrant and calming flavours with rose, lemon, and Belevedere Blackberry & Lemongrass Vodka, and the antioxidant-rich hibiscus packs a punch with pink grapefruit, orange, and Bombay Citron Pressé Gin.
Bergamont is a low-alcohol option that enlivens the senses with mint, lemon, and Italicus and Elderflower is a refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail with anti-inflammatory perks.
And there’s even more reason to visit; Sanctuary at The River Club has teamed up with ‘Green Spaces for Health, Cork’ who work to preserve, protect and create green spaces throughout Cork city and county.
With cocktails priced between €10 and €14, €1 from each cocktail will go to the Green Spaces for Health Togher Community Garden project.
Sanctuary at The River Club is open seven days a week from midday until late. Bookings can be made on theriverclubcork.ie or at 021 493 7772.