Love it or hate it, disco never really dies. Particularly during trying times, we inevitably return to the escapism and nostalgia of the ’70s and ‘80s, and fun, devil-may-care drinks are revived and reinvented. Last year I was asked “What exactly are disco drinks?”, which led to several months of research, including some revelations and insights into the era, music, culture and of course drinks. After having tracked down and spoken to the remaining bartenders of Studio 54, I have a unique insight into the untold story of disco drinks…Over the course of the masterclass I will present a total of four iconic disco drinks (what they were actually drinking during the glitter ball era rather than what we think they were drinking), whilst revealing some of Studio 54’s secrets, set to a playlist of bespoke disco bangers. Expect lurid colours and creamy concoctions which are actually much better than you might remember. Dress up is optional!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 or non-alcoholic ingredients 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.