The other week I was invited down to Aluna at the Mailbox in Birmingham for an evening of cocktails. I was rather excited as my usual Brum Blogger friends would be there and after a rubbish day, cocktails and laughter was what I needed!
On arrival we all gathered round the bar at Aluna for some cocktail making fun. First we started with watching the barman make an introductory cocktail called the Mangolian. This was a sweet cocktail containing mango and vodka. It made everyone ooooh when he added the dry ice, although I must admit, being an ex-scientist these gimmicks are somewhat a little lost on me…
We were then encouraged to take it in turns to make another signature cocktail, called the Lava Lamp. This was a gin and brandy based cocktail (yum) that included some alginate balls in it, that coupled with the dry ice, dance around a bit. Hence the name Lava Lamp! I quite enjoyed making this, a little bit more science here in spite of the gimmicky dry ice. Note to cocktail bars, not everything needs dry ice!
Being us, we were after something a little less sweet and a tad stronger than some of the main cocktails on Aluna’s menu. So Laura and I
bullied persuaded the barman into making us some different cocktails! (We were nice about it…) We were then treated to Margaritas and Side Cars, both simple, classic and not sweet. Perfect really! Sometimes faff isn’t needed.
Whilst we were there we also got a few cheeky tasters when it came to food. Including this Honey Soy Chicken and Chips. But I won’t lie, this visit was mainly of the boozy kind. My (almost didn’t happen) train journey home and the morning after were rather interesting. I can’t wait to go back and try the food properly, the Massaman Curry (not pictured) was delicious and I need to try it again!
Have you been to Aluna? Do you enjoy cocktail making classes? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited to check out Aluna’s cocktails by Delicious PR. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own. I’m heading back soon to check out the food, so keep your eyes peeled for a review!
P.P.S. Aluna is located at Mailbox Birmingham, 128-130 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RQ.