I have spent over two decades studying cocktail history, and am still enamoured by this fascinating subject rich with stories, style, reprobates and chancers. Although for most cocktails are inseparable from the rest of the food and drink world, they are a relatively new addition with the foundations only being laid and the fame of the fancy mixed drink only solidified over the past 200 years.I have selected 8 cocktails that can lay claim to pivotal moments for new generations of cocktails, starting with a drink that predates the word ‘cocktail’ itself. Whilst preparing these drinks during an epic 3 hour masterclass (with a short break in the middle) I will teach you the history behind all of these drinks, how they connect, and importantly give insight as to how you might apply a ‘bartender’s mind’ to your own drinks cabinet in the future.Suffice to say, this masterclass is especially designed for true cocktail enthusiasts or aspirational connoisseurs, and there will be a lot of information to take in. To this end - and in the name of responsibility - the 8 cocktails served will be half-portions. Additionally an open mind will be needed, as during the class we will be tasting cocktails of pretty much every single spirit category. Apply with a keen interest and a fully functioning liver!This masterclass is designed for 2 people but can easily accommodate up to 6 with a minor surcharge for the additional drinks. All ingredients, ice, glassware and equipment will be provided, and any ice left over will be gifted for further experimentation. I will only need ready access to running water, disposal and two plug sockets. For larger groups we would need to reuse glasses for each drink, so as a landlady used to say to me: "Drink it or loose it!"
I have worked for over two decades in the drinks industry, won multiple awards and represented the U.K. several times in cocktail competitions. For half of my career I worked in some of the most respected bars in the world, whilst the other half has been spent working full time as an international drinks consultant, which has lead me to create hundreds of original cocktails, bar programmes and concepts all over the globe, and train countless bartenders. I also host and hold seminars, judge competitions and work as a drinks writer, which in a nutshell makes me something of an authority on the world of drinks and a specialist particularly on cocktails. I will bring this experience into your home, creating cocktail-led events which are as fun as they are informative, whether they are focussed on your favourite tipple or teach you how to mix like the best.