Saturday 12 September 2015

Event: Botanist Birmingham Cocktail Masterclass

The Botanist Birmingham opened it's doors in April this year, following a £1.2m refurbishment of its Temple Street location.

Well known to anyone in the Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle areas, we Brummies had to wait a little while to get The Botanist experience. 

With an interior that brings the outdoors in thanks to wrought iron features, a potting shed feel and plenty of wooden features and a botanical inspired cocktail menu, the venue has been a popular choice for food and drinks since opening its doors. 

I was lucky enough to attend a cocktail masterclass and went behind the bar for the first time ever!

Taking a pew at the end of the bar, we were greeted with a welcome cocktail (a passionfruit mojito for me!) before settling in on our stools.

Jacob introduced himself as our teacher for the evening and we paired up for the cocktail challenge. Emma from BrummyMummyof2 and her friend Rachel, Helen from Positive Fridays and Ed made another and myself and Ahmed from DineBirmingham completed the teams!

Jacob demonstrated the correct way to make each cocktail first before each team took it in turns to make three cocktails, an English Mojito, Rose Mai Tai and Cherry Blossom, with Jacob declaring the winner out of each team as we went along (pretty sure it was a tie between myself and Ahmed!) Along the way we got to learn a little about the techniques we were using such as the gin pour and drop pour.

My favourites were the English Mojito, which tasted like a traditional mojito and a gin and tonic and the stunning Rose Mai Tai, a very sweet and photogenic rose flavoured drink.

Jacob also made a final drink for us to try, the signature Botanist cocktail made of vodka, rum, elderflower liqueur, red amaranth, jasmine syrup, lime juice ane lemonade.

I can safely speak for us all when I say that the whole experience was heaps of fun! Working in teams, competing to win the crown for best cocktail and of course trying out our creations and comparing cocktails all made for a fun evening that would be great for friends, workmates or even for hen-dos! Cocktail Masterclasses are available from £25 per person, for more information click here.

*I was invited to this event as a guest of The Botanist in exchange for an honest review

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