Monday, 16 June 2014

Cocktail Masterclass @ BBC Good Food Show

Cocktails are a real hit with us bloggers. We attempt to try every cocktail under the sun and get extremely excited when we see a new one on the menu. How many of us have tried to make cocktails at home and actually succeeded in creating something delicious? I can't say I have. My abilities stretch to Archers and lemonade, not really a cocktail.

Whilst at the BBC Good Food Show on Friday we discovered they were running cocktails at home masterclasses every hour so we booked ourselves on to the last one of the day.

BBC Good Food Show Cocktails at Home Masterclass

BBC Good Food Show Cocktails at Home Masterclass

BBC Good Food Show Cocktails at Home Masterclass

BBC Good Food Show Cocktails at Home Masterclass

BBC Good Food Show Cocktails at Home Masterclass

BBC Good Food Show Cocktails at Home Masterclass

During the 40 minute masterclass we learnt how to make the basics of a cocktail - 2 parts spirit, 1 part sweet and 1 part sour. For my first drink I chose gin, camomile tea sugar syrup and fresh lemon juice. Boy was it strong but super tasty! We got to drink our first cocktail as we delved deeper into the basics of mixology producing another drink adding juices and then the basis for a unique sangria in which we needed to add soda water at home.

Overall the session was fun and informative with the two presenters constantly making us giggle. The set up was fab with everyone having enough room to make amazing cocktails whilst having surplus ingredients readily available on the tables. The presenters talked you through what you had to do as well as having a TV showing what they were doing up on stage. I'd say I learnt a lot in this masterclass and can't wait to try some of what I was taught at home. They provided us with a little set of cards to take away which detailed what we'd learnt. On this was a link to thebar.com which shows you hundreds of cocktail combinations to try at home! I even came away with a professional mixing set (i.e the metal cup and clear glass that you shake it up in, the strainer and the spoon) and a bottle of Captain Morgan's spiced rum for £31.50.

The lemons, alcohol and juices are in so I'm off to make cocktails!
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9 comments

  1. Oooh, that looks like such an awesome workshop! I did not know about the basic cocktail ratio... maybe that's why so many of mine go so wrong... Imna keep trying though! Will you be posting lots of cocktail recipes now? I hope so! x

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    1. It was very interesting! :) haha I hope so, don't know if they'd taste very nice!

      xox

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  2. Wow that looks like so much fun. Love the hair.

    Txx

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    1. It was! The cocktails were amaze! x

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  4. I never knew there was such a scientific approach to cocktail making, no wonder mine are all... not very good! :)

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    1. Haha yes! Proper little recipe! :D x

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  5. Oh, that looks fun! I was all set to go to the cocktail masterclass at the South West Blog Social, but I got caught up in chatting and totally forgot to head off for it. Much woe.

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