So the list of cocktail masterclasses I’ve attended is pretty long now. I’ve done everything from Thai inspired drinks, rum based drinks to classic speakeasy style drinks. But this time I was invited down to a rather special masterclass at Tom’s Kitchen, having already had dinner and drinks there before I was excited.
Regular readers may remember Dr W and I went to Tom’s Kitchen for a rather fancy date night before Christmas. So I made sure I was wearing a fancy dress (despite feeling rubbish after a manic day in London the day before) for this wonderful affair. They do say cocktails make it better don’t they?! Oh wait, no that was just me and Laura! Upon arrival we were introduced to Noel, our bartender for the night and away we went. (FYI poor noel had no idea what he was being let in for when a group of boisterous bloggers were set upon him!)
The Pom Pom
The class was going to go over some cocktail classics from Tom’s Kitchen. We started with the first, an in house creation called The Pom Pom. Now I was mildly concerned this drink would be too sweet but it really wasn’t. Absolute citron was shaken with pomegranate juice and kumquat liqueur (cue giggles from all of us) and served in a sugar rimmed (more giggles) glass. Childish and immature we are… but back to the drink. It was delicious. Not too pokey to get the night started on and I could’ve happily had another.
Next up The Poinsettia. Honestly how many bloggers does it take to work out how to spell that! Haha! Anyway, this drink was a twist on a classic champagne cocktail. With taittinger yes please. The thing with this one was that we learnt to layer; the champagne rests on top of the liqueur/juice mix. I won’t lie, but I had done this before so it wasn’t as tricky for me as it was some! This drink worked, the bitter notes from the champers knocked the sweetness away from the grand mariner and cranberry juice. Again, I could’ve had more of these.
Dry Gin Martini
Last but not least an absolute classic. A Dry Gin Martini. These ingredients are stirred on ice until you feel they have delicately balanced and diluted. You can add lemon rind into the stirring process to incorporate that into the drink (I did). This drink obviously packed a punch, it’s just booze at the end of the day. A bit much for me after the manic London adventure so I switched to finishing off the champers, but the other bloggers enjoyed the extra martini very much!
Masterclasses are offered at Tom’s Kitchen for £35pp (numbers not limited but must be booked in advance). You can request what kind of drinks you can learn to make, so don’t feel like these are your only options. Noel wanted to showcase us some Tom’s Kitchen twists on a couple of classics! I also can’t thank Noel enough for listening to us yabber on, but also for imparting some interesting knowledge on to us! He was very patient with us and we had a great time. If you’re looking for something different on your next date night or girls night out I’d book in (FYI readers cocktail classes are not just for hen dos!). The class is a bargain for what you get on the evening and is great fun!
Have you been to a cocktail masterclass before? What’s your favourite cocktail? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Our cocktail masterclass was complimentary in return for an honest review. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Tom’s Kitchen is located at 53, The Mailbox, Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RE.