What do you get the children (adults) who need nothing at Christmas time? Mum’s answer to this was a Cocktail Masterclass Gift Experience. Being no stranger to cocktails, my siblings and I (and our other halves) cheered when we unwrapped this one.
The course had set dates and we all agreed on May 21st so early on the Saturday morning, ignoring Mum’s advice of having a substantial breakfast (oops) and grabbing a pastry at Euston for sustenance, we all walked through the doors of Shaker Bar School roughly on time and ready to become cocktail pros.
After introducing ourselves to the group and stating our favourite cocktail (decisions, decisions) we were introduced to our first cocktail ‘The Collins’. The day followed a similar pattern: Amit, our long suffering instructor, alongside his bar hand, Archie, showed the group how to make the cocktail, whilst telling us the history of it then left us to our own devices to make our own versions of it, interjecting when we seemed a little lost (or incompetent in my case!)
Next up – the Mule. Due to drinking our spoils (and Amit’s demonstration cocktails) on an empty stomach (note to self – stop ignoring Mum’s advice), I can’t quite remember what was in it other than ginger beer and deciding to make a raspberry version. Here’s a video of Amit trying to put me on the right path…