Cocktail making and tasting gifts

Ah, cocktails. Like beer, only more posh and fruity. Most of us like a crafty cocktail but mixing a tasty mojito or margarita is an art – it’s not just a case of chucking a shot of Jägermeister in a glass of Red Bull. That’s not a cocktail!

I’ve found plenty of UK cocktail making and tasting experiences, which make an ideal gift for the drink-lover in your life.

Alasdair’s recommended cocktail gifts

Cocktail Masterclass Picture Buyagift Logo  Cocktail Masterclass £149.00
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I recommend this cocktail class as a great UK gift. It’s a nice price and it’s in a couple of locations too, not just London. Why look any further?

There are plenty of cocktail experiences available to buy today, so I’ve split them into three groups:
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Cocktail making classes
Cocktail drinking experiences
Everything else

What’s the difference between cocktail experiences?

A cocktail making masterclass or cocktail bar tour is a great gift, but they can be very different experiences.



Cocktail making classes

Do you remember the film Cocktail in the 80s? Thought not, I’m far too young too 😉 But from what I’ve heard, this was the first time the role of a cocktail mixer got really famous. There was flipping glasses, chugging shots and Tom Cruise being all flamboyant. Fast forward to today, and cocktails are now the drink of choice, with experienced cocktail mixologists treating their job as a real science (but still with a bit of showmanship too).

These classes will teach you just a bit of the art of mixing these delicious alcoholic drinks. This can include everything from chopping and squeezing fruit, to measuring and shaking the ingredients. It’s not just a shopping list or ingredients list, it’s an education into how the ingredients work together, and how best to combine them like the best cocktail mixologists in the business. You’ll get the chance to sample everything you make, but don’t get too carried away and start glugging them down before you’ve made a note of the recipes!

Revolution Bars Cocktail Masterclass For Two In London Picture Red letter days Logo  Revolution Bars Cocktail Masterclass For Two In London £60.00
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Revolution Bars Cocktail Masterclass For Two In Leeds Picture Red letter days Logo  Revolution Bars Cocktail Masterclass For Two In Leeds £60.00
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Revolution Bars Cocktail Masterclass For Two In Manchester Picture Red letter days Logo  Revolution Bars Cocktail Masterclass For Two In Manchester £60.00
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Revolution Bars Cocktail Masterclass For Two In Brighton Picture Red letter days Logo  Revolution Bars Cocktail Masterclass For Two In Brighton £60.00
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Sushi And Cocktail Making Masterclass For Two At Kouzu, London Picture Red letter days Logo  Sushi And Cocktail Making Masterclass For Two At Kouzu, London £105.00
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Afternoon Tea And Cocktail Masterclass For Two Picture Red letter days Logo  Afternoon Tea And Cocktail Masterclass For Two £130.00
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Chinese Tea Cocktail Making And Tasting For Two Picture Activity Superstore Logo  Chinese Tea Cocktail Making And Tasting For Two £69.00
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Cocktail Making Experience In Shoreditch Picture Activity Superstore Logo  Cocktail Making Experience In Shoreditch £69.00
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Cocktail Making Class In London For One Picture Buyagift Logo  Cocktail Making Class In London For One £70.00
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Cocktail Making Class For Two In Bath Picture Buyagift Logo  Cocktail Making Class For Two In Bath £80.00
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Sushi And Cocktail Making Masterclass For Two At Kouzu, London Picture Red letter days Logo  Sushi And Cocktail Making Masterclass For Two At Kouzu, London £105.00
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Cocktail tasting

First thing’s first – cocktails aren’t like wine. There’s only so much you can learn from the taste of a cocktail. There’s certainly a skill around creating one, as you’ll find out on these special occasions, but you’ll want to sample a cocktail in a fun environment, rather than a sterile tasting-lab or something.

Cocktail tasting gifts are really just an excuse to scoff cocktails, but who needs too many excuses for that. Bring it on!
These experiences are usually based on bar hopping around some top cocktail lounges. The locations are almost exclusively based in London which is a shame if you’re a long way away, but unfortunately London is the home of the UK’s favourite cocktail bars.

Here’s a rundown of all the cocktail tasting gifts available from the big providers today.

Cocktail Cocoa Butter Bath Melts Picture Prezzybox Logo  Cocktail Cocoa Butter Bath Melts £5.95
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Led Cocktail Glass Picture Prezzybox Logo  Led Cocktail Glass £6.95
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Personalised Get Me A Cocktail! Glass Coaster Picture Prezzybox Logo  Personalised Get Me A Cocktail! Glass Coaster £9.95
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Cocktail Bath Melts Picture Prezzybox Logo  Cocktail Bath Melts £9.95
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Pizza With A Cocktail Each For Two At Maverick Sw1w Picture Buyagift Logo  Pizza With A Cocktail Each For Two At Maverick Sw1w £29.00
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The Complete Casino Experience For One With Cocktail And Tasting Platter Picture Virgin experience days Logo  The Complete Casino Experience For One With Cocktail And Tasting Platter £30.00
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Four Cocktails At Boston Brothers Preston For Two Picture Activity Superstore Logo  Four Cocktails At Boston Brothers Preston For Two £34.00
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The Complete London Casino Experience For One With Cocktail And Tasting Platter Picture Virgin experience days Logo  The Complete London Casino Experience For One With Cocktail And Tasting Platter £36.00
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Seven-course Tapas And Cocktails For Two At H10 Waterloo Sky Bar Picture Red letter days Logo  Seven-course Tapas And Cocktails For Two At H10 Waterloo Sky Bar £75.00
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Thames Rockets Evening Powerboating With Cocktail For Two, London Picture Red letter days Logo  Thames Rockets Evening Powerboating With Cocktail For Two, London £85.00
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Fine Dining With Cocktails For Two At Marco Pierre White, Islington Picture Buyagift Logo  Fine Dining With Cocktails For Two At Marco Pierre White, Islington £89.00
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6 Hour Beginners Cocktail Course Picture Buyagift Logo  6 Hour Beginners Cocktail Course £120.00
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Everything else with cocktails.

Do you know what goes well with cocktails? Chocolate, that’s what. And cupcakes. And any food really. So if you love cocktails, you don’t need to limit yourself. Take a look at these experiences that are based around the lovely blended drinks, but have a bit of something else thrown in too.

Cocktail Cocoa Butter Bath Melts Picture Prezzybox Logo  Cocktail Cocoa Butter Bath Melts £5.95
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Led Cocktail Glass Picture Prezzybox Logo  Led Cocktail Glass £6.95
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Personalised Get Me A Cocktail! Glass Coaster Picture Prezzybox Logo  Personalised Get Me A Cocktail! Glass Coaster £9.95
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Cocktail Bath Melts Picture Prezzybox Logo  Cocktail Bath Melts £9.95
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Pizza With A Cocktail Each For Two At Maverick Sw1w Picture Buyagift Logo  Pizza With A Cocktail Each For Two At Maverick Sw1w £29.00
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The Complete Casino Experience For One With Cocktail And Tasting Platter Picture Virgin experience days Logo  The Complete Casino Experience For One With Cocktail And Tasting Platter £30.00
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2 For 1 Sparkling Cocktail Afternoon Tea At Hilton London Canary Wharf Picture Buyagift Logo  2 For 1 Sparkling Cocktail Afternoon Tea At Hilton London Canary Wharf £31.00
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Four Cocktails At Boston Brothers Preston For Two Picture Activity Superstore Logo  Four Cocktails At Boston Brothers Preston For Two £34.00
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Marco Pierre White Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two Picture Buyagift Logo  Marco Pierre White Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two £35.00
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The Complete London Casino Experience For One With Cocktail And Tasting Platter Picture Virgin experience days Logo  The Complete London Casino Experience For One With Cocktail And Tasting Platter £36.00
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2 For 1 Two Course Dinner With Champagne Cocktail At Shaka Zulu Picture Buyagift Logo  2 For 1 Two Course Dinner With Champagne Cocktail At Shaka Zulu £39.00
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Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At The Hilton London Green Park Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At The Hilton London Green Park £44.00
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Three Course Meal And Champagne Cocktail For Two At Gilgamesh, Camden Market Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Meal And Champagne Cocktail For Two At Gilgamesh, Camden Market £47.50
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30% Off The Gin Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At Hilton London Green Park Picture Red letter days Logo  30% Off The Gin Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At Hilton London Green Park £48.00
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Three Course Dining Experience And Cocktail For Two At Marco Pierre White's London Steakhouse Co Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Three Course Dining Experience And Cocktail For Two At Marco Pierre White's London Steakhouse Co £49.00
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Three Course Meal For Two With Champagne Cocktail At London's Shaka Zulu Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Three Course Meal For Two With Champagne Cocktail At London's Shaka Zulu £49.00
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Three Course Meal And Champagne Cocktail For Two At The Riverside Brasserie, Bray Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Three Course Meal And Champagne Cocktail For Two At The Riverside Brasserie, Bray £49.00
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Three Course Steak Dinner With Cocktails For Two At London Steakhouse Co, Chelsea Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Steak Dinner With Cocktails For Two At London Steakhouse Co, Chelsea £49.00
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Three Course Steak Meal And Cocktail For Two At London Steakhouse Co, City Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Steak Meal And Cocktail For Two At London Steakhouse Co, City £49.00
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3 Course Meal And Cocktails At A Marco Pierre White London Steakhouse Co. For Two Picture Buyagift Logo  3 Course Meal And Cocktails At A Marco Pierre White London Steakhouse Co. For Two £49.00
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2 For 1 Three Course Dinner With Champagne Cocktail At Shaka Zulu Picture Buyagift Logo  2 For 1 Three Course Dinner With Champagne Cocktail At Shaka Zulu £49.00
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Three Course Meal And Champagne Cocktail For Two At Riverside Brasserie Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Meal And Champagne Cocktail For Two At Riverside Brasserie £49.00
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Three Course Meal With Cocktails For Two At Marco Pierre White, Islington Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Meal With Cocktails For Two At Marco Pierre White, Islington £49.00
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Three Course Meal With Cocktails At Kouzu Restaurant Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Meal With Cocktails At Kouzu Restaurant £49.00
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2 For 1 Three Course Dinner With Champagne Cocktail At Shaka Zulu Picture Experience mad Logo  2 For 1 Three Course Dinner With Champagne Cocktail At Shaka Zulu £49.00
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3 Course Meal And Cocktails At A Marco Pierre White London Steakhouse Co. For Two Picture Experience mad Logo  3 Course Meal And Cocktails At A Marco Pierre White London Steakhouse Co. For Two £49.00
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50% Off Three-course Meal And Champagne Cocktail For Two At Gilgamesh, London Picture Red letter days Logo  50% Off Three-course Meal And Champagne Cocktail For Two At Gilgamesh, London £49.00
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50% Off Three-course Meal And Cocktail For Two At Riverside Brasserie, Bray Picture Red letter days Logo  50% Off Three-course Meal And Cocktail For Two At Riverside Brasserie, Bray £49.00
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50% Off Shaka Zulu Three-course Meal With A Cocktail For Two Picture Red letter days Logo  50% Off Shaka Zulu Three-course Meal With A Cocktail For Two £49.00
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Three Course A La Carte Meal And Sparkling Cocktail At Hilton Canary Wharf Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course A La Carte Meal And Sparkling Cocktail At Hilton Canary Wharf £49.90
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Three Course Meal With A Signature Cocktail For Two At Cinnamon Kitchen Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Meal With A Signature Cocktail For Two At Cinnamon Kitchen £59.00
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Gin Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At Hilton London Green Park Hotel Picture Buyagift Logo  Gin Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At Hilton London Green Park Hotel £59.00
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Six Course Meal With Cocktails For Two At Dstrkt Picture Buyagift Logo  Six Course Meal With Cocktails For Two At Dstrkt £59.00
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Three-course Meal And Cocktail For Two At Hush Holborn Picture Red letter days Logo  Three-course Meal And Cocktail For Two At Hush Holborn £60.00
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Afternoon Tea And Teapot Cocktail For Two At Playboy Club London Picture Buyagift Logo  Afternoon Tea And Teapot Cocktail For Two At Playboy Club London £65.00
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Cocktail Afternoon Tea And London Underground Treasure Hunt For Two Picture Virgin experience days Logo  Cocktail Afternoon Tea And London Underground Treasure Hunt For Two £66.00
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Seven-course Tapas And Cocktails For Two At H10 Waterloo Sky Bar Picture Red letter days Logo  Seven-course Tapas And Cocktails For Two At H10 Waterloo Sky Bar £75.00
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Seven-course Tapas And Cocktails For Two At H10 Waterloo Sky Bar Picture Red letter days Logo  Seven-course Tapas And Cocktails For Two At H10 Waterloo Sky Bar £75.00
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Thames Rockets Evening Powerboating With Cocktail For Two, London Picture Red letter days Logo  Thames Rockets Evening Powerboating With Cocktail For Two, London £85.00
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Three Course Lunch Or Dinner With A Glass Of Prosecco Or Aperol Cocktail At Vicino Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Lunch Or Dinner With A Glass Of Prosecco Or Aperol Cocktail At Vicino £89.00
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Fine Dining With Cocktails For Two At Marco Pierre White, Islington Picture Buyagift Logo  Fine Dining With Cocktails For Two At Marco Pierre White, Islington £89.00
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Three Course Meal With Cocktails For Two At Sanctum, Soho Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Meal With Cocktails For Two At Sanctum, Soho £89.00
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Seven Course Tasting Menu With A Bellini Cocktail For Two Picture Buyagift Logo  Seven Course Tasting Menu With A Bellini Cocktail For Two £99.00
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6 Hour Beginners Cocktail Course Picture Buyagift Logo  6 Hour Beginners Cocktail Course £120.00
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Upper Circle Theatre Tickets With 3 Courses And Cocktails At London Steakhouse Co. Picture Buyagift Logo  Upper Circle Theatre Tickets With 3 Courses And Cocktails At London Steakhouse Co. £120.00
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Coca-cola London Eye And Seven-course Tapas And Cocktails  For Two Picture Red letter days Logo  Coca-cola London Eye And Seven-course Tapas And Cocktails For Two £125.00
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Cabaret Show With Dinner And Cocktails At  Café De Paris - Special Offer Picture Buyagift Logo  Cabaret Show With Dinner And Cocktails At Café De Paris - Special Offer £129.00
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3 Course Dinner With Wine And Cocktails For Two At Dans Le Noir Picture Buyagift Logo  3 Course Dinner With Wine And Cocktails For Two At Dans Le Noir £135.00
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Deluxe Theatre Tickets With 3 Courses And Cocktails At London Steakhouse Co. Picture Buyagift Logo  Deluxe Theatre Tickets With 3 Courses And Cocktails At London Steakhouse Co. £170.00
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Top Price Theatre Tickets With 3 Courses And Cocktails At London Steakhouse Co. Picture Buyagift Logo  Top Price Theatre Tickets With 3 Courses And Cocktails At London Steakhouse Co. £195.00
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If these have inspired you to find out more about other foody experiences, instead of cocktail classes, you can find them here.

And finally

Here’s a brilliant twist on a recipe for a Cosmopolitan that I learnt during one of these masterclasses I attended back in 2013. I’m not sure I got the hang of twizzling the glasses and my arms got tired too quickly with the vigorous shaking, but it was worth it for this deliciousness

Ingredients for one Cosmopolitan.

  • Glug of vodka
  • Dash of triple sec
  • Big spoon of cranberry juice
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Orange peel twist
  • Loads of ice

How to make your Cosmo.

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with all the ingredients
  • Shake for 30 seconds until nice and cold
  • Strain into a Martini glass, leaving the ice in the shaker.
  • Garnish with orange peel twist
  • Drink
  • Repeat previous steps until you pass out.

Author: Alasdair

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