I can’t deny that I love a cocktail, so when All Bar One got in touch to do a cocktail masterclass with us as part of world cocktail day, how could I say no! I met with fellow blogging friends Gillian and Laura and we were treated to a private session with one of their bartenders (who awkwardly I realised I knew from my student days!) who showed us the ropes. I realised that I enjoyed making cocktails as much as I enjoy drinking the, but I’m not sure I could ever remember all the steps for so many different ones!
We started off making an Asian inspired cocktail which had a hint of ginger with the vodka which gave it an almost warmed spice taste, which was served up into a noodle take away box to add to the theme. Our second cocktail was an espresso martini, which I’m not a coffee drinker, but don’t mind the taste – especially not in cake, so was still willing to give it a go. Though I found it a little bitter, we did find out that by adding a touch of sugar syrup it would help take the taste away slightly which made it more enjoyable for a none coffee drinker, but it was lovely all the same! Finally our third cocktail was my favourite, a daiquiri. I opted to make mine with raspberry and strawberry puree for a summery taste, whilst the girls went for mango.
The session lasted just over an hour, and it was great to get an insider view behind the ins and outs of making the cocktails, which makes me feel like I can now tackle something a little more complicated on my bar cart at home, and I’d love to try out making other combinations now I see how easy it is to swap out ingredients or build from the same bases. Have you ever been to a cocktail masterclass?