Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cocktail Masterclass: The Earl, Bath

This weekend I organised a Hen Do for my lovely friend who is getting married. I opted for a Cocktail Masterclass as I thought it would be a lovely activity to do - good fun, some yummy cocktails to try and something a little different. (and what a good decision it was, even if I do say so myself)!

The Earl
in Bath was our venue for the evening, its very close to the train station meaning it's very easy to find. On arrival we were greeted by a host and then shown to our area, (we weren't at the bar as the Earl was very busy) but our corner worked very well. We were then given a champagne cocktail.

David our Cocktail Master (mixologist) was fantastic, he introduced us to the world of cocktails. He explained what he'd like to teach us, and gave us the low down of the cocktails we would make. 

We learnt the basic 4 steps of making cocktails: 
1. the base, (fruit and syrup), 2. then alcohol, 3. juices and finally 4. garnish. Followed by step 5. most importantly. Enjoy!

We started off by making a Cosmo (a drink originally designed for women, as previously the drinks on offer had been boring and not very attractive). Hence the beautiful pink colour & citrus smells wafting around the glass. One to serve shaken.

We learnt to 'massage' the citrus fruit as opposed to bashing it, which means you retain the flavour and don't make the drink bitter. We also learnt some nifty tips for holding the equipment and of course the art of whizzing bottles around your head before pouring - as seen in all the best cocktail bars. I'm not sure I was quite a natural at this, I was slightly worried about loosing a bottle of gin over my shoulder! (I'll leave it to the professionals).

Cocktail number 2 was 'My name is Earl', the bars signature cocktail. I'm not a fan of gin(!) but David reassured me I would like this cocktail. This is one to serve stirred. It was a very fruity and went down perfectly.

My Name is Earl*
Lime, Gomme (syrup) vodka, triple sec,cranberry juice and an orange to garnish.

My Name is Earl:
 Gin, Creme de Framboise, gomme, fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberry puree.

Pouring out my first cocktail
Getting the hang of pouring out spirits

We opted for the Orchid  (£30pp) which includes a champagne cocktail on arrival, learning to make 2 cocktails and two shooters. Plus an extra cocktail after the class, 2 for 1 on cocktails all night & free entry to Second Bridge.I think that's all good value for money. I can only recommend - we all had a great night. Even if it did start at 5pm..

All that is left to say is Cheers!

Find out more: earlbar.co.uk

10 Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JQ

* pictures taken from earlbar.co.uk

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