Cocktails are one of my favourite things. You never quite know what goes into them, but as if by magic they’re exactly the right sweetness and delightfully drinkable. Sometimes too drinkable. In fact, sometimes it’s like drinking Ribena with rum hidden in it. Have you ever tried making them at home? It’s always a disaster. An evening ends up with about eight half squeezed limes lying around the table next to bowls of melting ice. But no more!
Now that London’s bars have opened up, so too have the cocktail masterclasses. Sign up yourself, your partner, your friends, your family (whoever you can convince basically) to one of these cocktail classes for an experience to remember. Expect fire, smoke and a little bit of magic… good luck recreating that at home!
It’s time to go underground and enjoy a golden era of cocktails. Purl is a 1920s speakeasy in the heart of Marylebone, serving up theatrical and experimental cocktails. The name comes from a 19th century drink that was commonly sold on the streets of London and sets the scene of unusual drinks perfectly.
From dry ice to cocktails in a bag, expert mixologists will teach you all the techniques used to mix up some of the most luscious libations. Using food, smoke and foam, you’ll learn how each of the ingredients stimulate a different sense: taste, touch, smell, sight and sound as well as the history behind each element.
Then relax and sip your tipples amongst baroque interiors and a broody atmosphere.
Price: £50pp, including three cocktails and nibbles
Where: 50-54 Blandford Street, W1U 7HX
With epic views over Canary Wharf’s glistening buildings, indulge in a tipple or two on the roof top of Tobacco Dock when the weather gets a bit nicer (we hope). Join a host of passionate mixologists, as they take you through some mixology masterclasses.
You’ll make some famous classic cocktails as well as trying your hand at one of their signature drinks too. An hour and a half will fly by as you start with an arrival drink, learn the tricks of the trade and some mixology history, and then while away the evening at Skylight.
Price: From £49.95
Where:Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF
There are a whole host of classes available with Mixology Events all across London, in Shoreditch, Soho, Covent Garden, and London Bridge, to name a few. Whether it’s a big hen group or a small sessions, they make it fully interactive.
The session lasts around two hours and you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail on arrival and then be guided through the background and concepts of mixology. You’ll then make four cocktails and indulge in some healthy competition as you make your own signature cocktail. For non-drinkers there’s also the option of a few non-alcoholic beverages so nobody gets left behind!
Price: From £70
Where: Various locations
From 21 June, Lucky Voice’s crack team of mixologist maestros will be back. They are some of the best in the business and they’re ready to share their knowledge, passion and plenty of alcohol with others.
You can look forward to getting your hands dirty by jumping behind the bar and learning how to make an array of different cocktails, with a lot of sampling in-between. Opt for the platinum package and you can get pizza, coktails, nibbles and a session of karaoke!
Price: From £40pp
Where: Soho, Islington or Holborn
It’s time to don your grass skirt and coconut bra for a tropical cocktail masterclass. Hosted by Laki Kane’s bartenders, you’ll learn their secret cocktail making ways. You get to create two of your very own cocktails from Laki Kane founder Georgi Radev’s ‘Let’s Get Tropical’ cocktail recipe book (and buy it for a discount price… to boost his book sales). Of course you can then stay on drink the bar dry.
Price: From £35 per person
Where: 144-145 Upper Street, N1 1QY
It's time to don your grass skirt and coconut bra for a tropical cocktail masterclass.
There’s fire, there’s smoke, there are cocktails that change colour. The Alchemist is the connoisseur of cocktail making. Book yourself into one of five venues across London from 21 June. Each masterclass has a dedicated mixologist who will talk you through each cocktail step-by-step in the most interactive lesson you’ll ever attend… Get ready to make and, more importantly, drink some Alchemist favourites.
Price: From £35 per person
Where: Multiple venues
Heddon Street Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen has two different interactive cocktail masterclasses to tickle your tastebuds. Get mixing, muddling and making… but first, a drink. Start the session with a Bellini at the bar, while cocktail mixologists show you how to create your own cocktail inspired by your spirit choice, tastes and flavour. Learn a little bit of history, develop your spirit knowledge and enjoy your brand new innovative cocktail. And it’s all complimented with a delicious sharing snack platter for two by our chefs.
Price: From £40pp
Where: Regent Street Food Quarter, 3-9 Heddon Street, W1B 4BE
Make it fancy at Goat in Chelsea. They normally do public classes but those have gone virtual for now, so it’s all about the private (and more expensive) lessons. Goat will tailor an evening to your tastes and interests with a chosen theme. For an hour and a half you can test the bartender as they take you through the history, the anecdotes and the making of five cocktails, and the next day you will be sent the recipes to cement that knowledge. For the teetotallers there are non-alcoholic options too.
Where: 333 Fulham Road, SW10 9QL