A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a cocktail masterclass with some fellow Birmingham-based food and lifestyle bloggers. Having previously worked for a cocktail bar in a non-bartending role I felt a bit like a spy, but the aim of the game was to make some drinks and have some fun, so that was soon forgotten.
We were introduced to our bartender for the class, Michael, who was charming, friendly and made sure our group had a lot of fun – not easy when most of us had just met that night. Revolution had also laid on some canapes from their new menu to complement the drinks we were sampling too.
We started the night with a Strawberry Woo-Woo. Not my favourite cocktail, I find the raspberry vodka, peach liqueur, strawberry and cranberry mix a bit too sweet, but it’s a fairly inoffensive drink to get the evening underway. This was paired with a cheese bon bon, which actually sort of worked.
Up first was possibly the world’s most well known drink, the Mojito. I’m not sure I’ll be able to take this drink seriously after hearing “slap it, rim it, stick it in it” used in response to the mint (also, bit confused by the addition of puree to the drink, which I’ve not seen before). The pairing of the Mojito with tempura prawn was an excellent choice, however. Next, another well-known drink, the Cosmopolitan, was paired with a tortilla chip and guacamole, which wasn’t nearly as interesting as watching the bartender teach us to flame orange over the drink. The dairy-ladened Tennessee Mud Shake wasn’t for me, but its sickly-sweetness seemed to leave the rest of the group impressed.
If that was the theory, it was time to put our lesson into practice and make our own drinks! I’d found all the previous drinks too sweet for my tastes so I opted to make a more classic cocktail; a Whisky Sour using Monkey Shoulder whisky, egg white, lemon and a dash of bitters. Yum! We passed around each other’s drinks to give people a chance to try them all and when we were suitably merry it was time for the party games, which were particularly entertaining considering most of us had only just met.
Finishing the evening was a Revolution classic – a line of flavoured vodka shots balanced on top of glasses, domino style. We were told Revolution has its own vodka factory up north which makes a lot of the flavoured vodkas – though thankfully none of us had to try the chilli vodka.
There’s no denying it this masterclass is a lot of fun. Sure, if you want to learn the history of cocktails this isn’t going to be the class for you and there were a few slip-ups with info. But if you’re looking for a fun activity for a hen/stag do or a birthday then this is a good way to start the night.
Masterclasses start from £24.95 per person and there’s more information at their website: http://www.revolution-bars.co.uk/cocktail-masterclass/
Disclosure: I attended the masterclass free of charge but was under no obligation to write a positive review – all opinions are my own, as are the photos (please don’t use them without permission).