I'll be honest, that evening I'd been feeling somewhat tired, slightly under-the-weather and not really in the mood for cocktails. (It's a rare state for me, it has to be said.) "I just won't really drink," I'd said to myself. PAH!
25ml Chase Gin, 25ml Cranberry juice, 15ml lemon juice and 25ml homemade lavender syrup
Served in a copper mug with a lavender garnish
It was SO delicious, and suddenly got me into the mindset of the evening. Before the masterclass began, I was given a tour of the snazzy venue.
50ml Buffalo Trace, 15ml Lemon juice, 1& ½ fresh strawberries, 1 spoon apricot jam and 6 basil leaves
Served in a jam jar garnished with 2 basil leaves and a ½ strawberry
I really liked that one too.
Fortunately, the organisers had realised that an evening of strong alcoholic beverages and zero food would not end well so fed us tasty canapés with each cocktail, phew.
Next up was Catch the Cherry.
Catch the Cherry
25ml Tequila Casco Viejo Blanco, 15ml Cherry Heering, 15ml Drambuie, 35ml apple juice, bar spoon rosemary tincture and 10ml fresh lime juice
Cherry garnish and rosemary
I'm a big cherry fan so unsurprisingly enjoyed this one too. (Might I point out that I was not in fact finishing each of these cocktails, otherwise I really would have ended up on the floor.)
Out came more nibbles...
Black Cow martini
Black Cow Martini Stirred down with white Regal Rouge vermouth served on a Lovosh cracker and Black Cow cheese
And yes, it was served with cheese and a cracker. For sure. To be perfectly honest this one was too strong for me. I need me some fruit and sugar in the mix.
However, in my opinion the best cocktail was very much saved till last (and when you read the ingredients you probably won't be surprised that it was my fave.) Enter, the Pinkster Bakewell Tart.
Pinkster Bakewell tart
25ml Pinkster gin, 15ml Raspberry liqueur, 15ml Amaretto and 50ml apple juice, with almond cream floated on top
It was so ludicrously delicious! More of a pudding than a cocktail really, it was creamy and sweet and too tasty to drink slowly. Yeah, I did finish that one.
As the evening wound up, the slightly merry bloggers were each given some goodies to take home in the shape of tin cocktail mugs and measuring cups, which was a lovely treat indeed (as if the whole evening hadn't been enough.)