We were welcomed with a ‘Moscow Mule’ (a vodka, ginger beer and lime cocktail) to get us into the spirit of things – as a non-ginger beer fan, I sipped slightly before finding somewhere to ‘leave’ my glass! We got into groups of 5-6 behind our own mini bar station, complete with some tapas to nibble on whilst we were given the overview of our evening.
Then the work began! We started off by being shown a ‘French Martini’ which we then had to recreate individually – a simple one to start with, containing only three ingredients: vodka, Chambord (black raspberry liquour) and pineapple juice. It was delicious – sweet and pink – and served in a chilled martini glass.
Next up was the ‘Elderflower Julep’ – originating from the Middle Eastern custom of infusing mint and sugars into soft spirits. I swapped the gin base for vodka (my spirit of choice) but followed the rest of the instructions, which included creating an ice cone and using your hands to melt it! Also included in the mix were mint leaves, lemon, elderflower cordial and apple juice.
Now things got more complicated – I’m sure being a glass of wine down, plus three cocktails had nothing to do with it! We moved onto a ‘Grapefruit and Marzipan Daiquiri’...a combination of grapefruit, blackberry, fresh lime juice (acquired through using a ‘mexican elbow!’), sugar syrup, dark rum and gold rum. To finish we also had to create a sugar rim around our glass...it was delicious – tasting like jelly babies!