Girls Night Out – Cocktail Making at Aluna | Birmingham

November 16, 2017

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…

Aluna Cocktail Making - Lava Lamp Cocktail in a Tall Glass with Dry Ice Smoke

Aluna Cocktail Making - Cocktail Ingredients Lined Up

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!

Aluna Cocktail Making - MissPond Making Alginate Balls for Cocktail

Aluna Cocktail Making - Zombie Cocktails in Skull Shaped Glasses

Aluna Cocktail Making - Cauldron with Smoke

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.

Aluna Cocktail Making - Pouring Mixed Margaritas into Glasses

Aluna Cocktail Making - Side Car and Margarita Cocktails in Glasses

Aluna Cocktail Making - Honey and Soy Chicken Appetiser

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,


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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.


  • Reply John Adams November 21, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I’m a huge fan of a well made cocktail. Next time I am in Brum (it happens occasionally) I know where to head! Great suggestion actually as I’d struggle to know what to do in the city. May I also say, those look like aweseome cocktails!

  • Reply Kate Williams November 21, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I think the dry ice would probably put me off (not being remotely scientific I would worry what’s in it) but a margarita is totally my kind of thing! All sounds gorgeous!

    • Reply MissPond November 21, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Dry ice is Carbon dioxide, it’s nothing harmful! The margaritas were lovely 🙂

  • Reply Laura November 16, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    This looks like such a fun evening! Those Margarita’s & Side Car’s look especially yummy – my favourite type of cocktail always comes in that kind of glass and without ice x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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