In many ways, the Martini is arguably the most personal of drinks, with the ability to specify base spirit (gin or vodka), type of vermouth (or its very inclusion), saltiness (brine? and if so, how much?) and garnish (originally cherries, then olives, lemon peel, onions and more). That allows each drinker to specify whether they prefer their drink to be bitter, sweet, sour, salty or umami-influenced.This masterclass will take you through a journey of the history of martinis. The masterclass will start off with the founding father a Martinez, followed by a classic martini and ending on a vesper or dirty martini of your choice. A chance to sample gin, talk about the history and have a fun and interactive session to learn about, make and enjoy martinis.
David has worked in the hospitality industry for over 6 years and has had experience managing and developing some of London’s most exciting cocktail bar venues and restaurants. Now a bar owner himself hones his service style into be experience led. Davids introduction to the drink industry evolved from his time as General manager at merchant house in the city of London, a bar which boasts one of the largest spirit collections for rum, gin and whiskey within the UK. Here David moulded his art of Mixology and developed a wide knowledge of spirit history, production and tasting also took part in the judging for the gin Masters back in 2018. Additionally, over the last few years David has began to develop his own private collection of rum and whiskey housing over 400 bottles of his own, many of which are no longer in production. Most recently however, that has developed into cask investment with the aim of broadening his knowledge. David Aims to take annual samples to broaden his knowledge of flavour profiles through the maturation process. Following on from merchant house David has developed a passion for the drinks industry developing and managing venues to include: 640 East & The Store Croydon as well as privately collaborating with brands to help design menus including tequila brand NYLA tequila. Additionally David has covered a number of private and corporate events including weddings, house parties, Hotel launches and investor events. David offers a unique opportunity to bring spirit tasting and mixology into the heart of your own home. All experiences offered by david can be personalised for every client.