The perfect remedy for a long and stressful week at work is cocktails with the girls, and what’s a better way to celebrate the weekend than getting behind the bar at The Botanist and creating your very own tipples? That’s right, these expert mixologists will guide you through creating your own delightful cocktails, as well as sharing their mixing techniques, so you can make them in a stylish manner too.
One Friday evening, underneath the iconic tree bar, in our own private area, my friends and I gathered ready for our lesson. At The Botanist you can choose between an ale or a cocktail masterclass, but to be honest, there’s really no competition – cocktails all the way!
During the masterclass you get the chance to make three cocktails; Apricot and Peach Smash, Blueberry and Passionfruit Martini, and the classic (and my favourite), The Botanist. Having only tried the latter, I found this selection was a great way to sample other popular choices from across the ever-growing menu.
First up was The Botanist, which if you didn’t guess is the bar’s signature drink, followed by the Apricot and Peach Smash. The Botanist contains vodka, rum, elderflower liqueur and topped with botanicals (basically, an improved Mojito).
I’ve never tried a Apricot and Peach Smash before and since I’m not a fan of bourbon I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. However, this drink turned out to be my favourite. Short but strong, this drink was fruity and sweet. No wonder the menu says it’s ‘dangerous’ as I could have drank this all night.
Now this is where it got complicated. During our last cocktail session, our mixologist, Jess, was only allowed to show us how she made the Blueberry and Passionfruit Martini once, and only once. So we had to pay very close attention. The person who made the drink in the correct order and the fastest (yes we were timed) won the competition. The prize was an extra cocktail, and I actually couldn’t believe I won!
Not only was it fun trying to flip multiple bottles upside down at the same time (and extremely difficult), it was so interesting to see what went into each drink, never mind the laughs we had making them too!
When you book a cocktail masterclass, you also get a VIP table reserved for you, so inbetween cocktails you can sit down and enjoy them while catching up with your girlies. While you’re venting and gossiping away, I would recommend ordering some nibbles too, as we got a little hungry.
This masterclass was definitely the best way to kick-start a weekend. It was such a laugh, I’d definitely recommend doing this if you’re celebrating a birthday or hen, or if you simply fancy a giggle with the girls!
Have you had a cocktail masterclass before? What’s your favourite cocktail from The Botanist?
Sarah Jayne x
(Cocktail masterclasses are £25 per person and are for a minimum of six people)