Drink Lagos: Vellvett
So for our next review we decided to check out Vellvett and this was how I got trolled by the universe. I arrived on a Saturday night at 12:30am and the rest is history. Let’s just say for our Drink Lagos adventure this week, we went clubbing.
If you haven’t heard, clubbing in Lagos is usually accompanied with some intense demons, asides the fact that my DSLR couldn’t get focus hence the “alte pictures”, another one was the effrontery to come as just women unaccompanied by men. We were stalled at the entrance by the bouncers who took about 13 minutes (whilst permitting other people in for obvious reasons) to interrogate the ‘reason’ we came to a ‘popular’ bar on a Saturday night. It was extremely infuriating.
After standing for ages, the couple at the bar felt bad for us and decided to leave. Even placing our order was quite an ordeal and after a lot of gesticulation and pointing with the bartenders and selection of drinks from an iPad, our drinks arrived 25 minutes later probably due to the high influx of people.
To start, we had the Electric Lemonade, a mix of blue curaçao, vodka, sugar and lemon juice. Vellvett’s Electric Lemonade was the perfect drink for a hot day (nights too as evident in Lagos), it was a combination of tangy and sweet, also strong! The beautiful thing about citrus based drinks asides being packed with vitamin c is how hydrating it feels in this climate. Maybe that’s the reason 5 Alive was a big thing before it became the game of highest sugar concentrate.
Blue curaçao’s fermentation process which uses the dried peel of Laraha citrus fruit (a bitter orange, only found in the island of curaçao and considered too bitter to be edible) definitely gave this drink a unique citrus palate. The vodka and lemon juice made it tangy to compliment its sweet undertone. I wonder if this recipe had sparkling water because there was a subtle fizziness that loosened all the hard stuff. By now I’m sure you’d have figured this was my favorite drink because it was.
I didn’t get all the components of the Ginger O, but it had the Johnnie Walker gold label reserve alongside amaretto and muddled ginger. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was also a jalapeño or habanero tossed in somewhere because it was ridiculously spicy. Half way into drinking this I wanted to order the Electric Lemonade again. It was strong but I don’t think I’d ever want to have this again. I really couldn’t wait for it to end.
To round things up, we had the popular Cosmopolitan mainly because it’s been a while sinceI had this, and wanted to compare it with Ladi’s version from The House. It had the typical mix of vodka, triple sec, cranberry and lemon juice. It was a stronger version and alternated between sweet and sour quite well but all together, it wasn’t a memorable drink.
Vellvett might be a popular place for fire playlist and rocks but I have explored better bars and on this note, it is not a place I particularly care for. My total rating could have been worse based on how the night started out but the Electric Lemonade and shots of Jägermeister saved the night, consequently Vellvett scores a fair point as opposed to an all bad score which it required.
Christina is a TV and Film junkie who also spends an incredible amount of time reviewing skincare products she can barely afford.
Good for: Nights Out.
Food: Full Kitchen
Happy Hour: No | Bottle Service: Yes | Wine: Yes | Beer: Yes
Ginger O - N3500
Cosmopolitan - N3000
Electric Lemonade - N3500