So it looks like I might be coming back to SB this summer after all.
If I do, it will be visit 10. It just felt wrong ending on number 9...
Anyway... one of my main pet peeves last year was the watering down of drinks which seemed to happen almost everywhere. This was particularly prevalent in cocktails but even had my paranoid self questioning some of the bottled drinks. Unfortunately, when you're in a beach bar, it's pretty much always the cocktail menus which draw you in.
Back in 2011 when I first visited, cocktails were potent. Last year, however, it seemed I could drink an unlimited amount of cocktails while feeling very little. And what was really annoying is that it was happening in my favourite bars. Bars that I've supported year after year and spent a small fortune in.
Being ripped off was one of the reasons why I thought last year would be my last.
But a year (almost) has passed and I'm now remembering only the good things. I've convinced myself that if I go back I'll just stick to beers - probably better for my stomach anyway. But the reality is, i'll probably be drawn to cocktails again. It's nostalgic. When in Rome and all that...
So for anyone who has been this year, how are the drinks?
Heart is hoping that more stringent rules will mean that bars will stop watering down drinks and we will get the value for money, potent cocktails that we remember from 2012 and before. However, my head is telling me that the watering down has been getting gradually worse for the past several years to the point that it was obvious last year. If bar owners want to continue increasing profits at the same rate, this year a cocktail will be full water with food colouring and flavour drops.
Any of the early visitors, can you please shed some light on what to expect?