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 At Cabana Wembley Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass At Cabana Wembley £40.00
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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!

Cocktail Masterclass At Cabana Brixton Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass At Cabana Brixton £40.00
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Cocktail Masterclass At Cabana Leeds Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass At Cabana Leeds £40.00
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Cocktail Masterclass At Cabana At The O2 Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass At Cabana At The O2 £40.00
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Cocktail Masterclass At Cabana Southampton Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass At Cabana Southampton £40.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Gordon Ramsay's Heddon Street Kitchen Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Gordon Ramsay's Heddon Street Kitchen £50.00
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Cupcakes And Cocktails Masterclass In Glasgow Picture Experience Days Logo  Cupcakes And Cocktails Masterclass In Glasgow £55.00
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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 Manchester Picture Red letter days Logo  Revolution Bars Cocktail Masterclass For Two In Manchester £60.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Cafe Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Cafe £60.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At  K West Hotel And Spa Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At K West Hotel And Spa £69.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Brixton Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Brixton £80.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen £80.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Manchester Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Manchester £80.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Leeds Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Leeds £80.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Covent Garden Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Covent Garden £80.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Wembley Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Wembley £80.00
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Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana At The O2 Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana At The O2 £80.00
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A Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Southampton Picture Red letter days Logo  A Cocktail Masterclass For Two At Cabana Southampton £80.00
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Cocktail Masterclass With Tour And Tasting For Two At Bimber Distillery Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass With Tour And Tasting For Two At Bimber Distillery £99.00
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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 Masterclass For Two Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Masterclass For Two £140.00
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Gin And Jam Afternoon Tea And Cocktail Masterclass For Two Picture Red letter days Logo  Gin And Jam Afternoon Tea And Cocktail Masterclass For Two £140.00
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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 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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Brighton Cocktail Making And Mixology Course Picture Experience Days Logo  Brighton Cocktail Making And Mixology Course £120.00
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Cocktail Making Class In London For Two Picture Buyagift Logo  Cocktail Making Class In London For Two £130.00
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Cocktail Making Class For 2 - London Picture Experience Days Logo  Cocktail Making Class For 2 - London £140.00
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Cocktail Making Class - Juju London Picture Experience Days Logo  Cocktail Making Class - Juju London £170.00
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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.

Fizz, Cocktails And Nibbles At Map Maison Picture Activity Superstore Logo  Fizz, Cocktails And Nibbles At Map Maison £49.00
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25% Off Thames Rockets Evening Powerboating With Cocktail For Two Picture Red letter days Logo  25% Off Thames Rockets Evening Powerboating With Cocktail For Two £65.00
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Tower Bridge Exhibition And Dim Sum Dishes With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong Picture Buyagift Logo  Tower Bridge Exhibition And Dim Sum Dishes With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong £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 £79.00
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Royal Cocktails And Sharing Platter For Two At The Rubens Picture Red letter days Logo  Royal Cocktails And Sharing Platter For Two At The Rubens £80.00
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Cocktails And Bar Snacks For Two At Bbar, London Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktails And Bar Snacks For Two At Bbar, London £80.00
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Visit To St Paul's Cathedral And Dim Sum With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong Picture Buyagift Logo  Visit To St Paul's Cathedral And Dim Sum With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong £89.00
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Vodka Cocktail Lovers' Treat For Two At Malmaison London Picture Red letter days Logo  Vodka Cocktail Lovers' Treat For Two At Malmaison London £89.00
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Whisky Cocktail Lovers' Treat For Two At Malmaison London Picture Red letter days Logo  Whisky Cocktail Lovers' Treat For Two At Malmaison London £89.00
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Overnight Escape With Cocktail At Cerise Valence, France Picture Buyagift Logo  Overnight Escape With Cocktail At Cerise Valence, France £89.99
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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 £90.00
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Coca Cola London Eye Visit And Dim Sum With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong Picture Buyagift Logo  Coca Cola London Eye Visit And Dim Sum With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong £95.00
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One Night Gourmet Escape With Cocktails For Two At Cerise Maisons Laffitte, France Picture Buyagift Logo  One Night Gourmet Escape With Cocktails For Two At Cerise Maisons Laffitte, France £139.99
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One Night Gourmet Getaway With Cocktails For Two At Cerise Strasbourg, France Picture Buyagift Logo  One Night Gourmet Getaway With Cocktails For Two At Cerise Strasbourg, France £139.99
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One Night Gourmet Getaway With Cocktails For Two At Le Prieuré D'orniols, France Picture Buyagift Logo  One Night Gourmet Getaway With Cocktails For Two At Le Prieuré D'orniols, France £139.99
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Bottomless Brunch With Cocktails And Karaoke For Five At Lucky Voice Islington Picture Red letter days Logo  Bottomless Brunch With Cocktails And Karaoke For Five At Lucky Voice Islington £175.00
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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.

Two Course Meal With Champagne Cocktails And Club Entry At Gabeto Picture Buyagift Logo  Two Course Meal With Champagne Cocktails And Club Entry At Gabeto £24.00
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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 £39.00
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Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At Revolution Bars Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At Revolution Bars £40.00
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Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At Revolution Bar London Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktail Afternoon Tea For Two At Revolution Bar London £40.00
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Fizz, Cocktails And Nibbles At Map Maison Picture Activity Superstore Logo  Fizz, Cocktails And Nibbles At Map Maison £49.00
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Afternoon Tea With Bubbles And Cocktails For Two At Solo Kitchen And Bar Picture Buyagift Logo  Afternoon Tea With Bubbles And Cocktails For Two At Solo Kitchen And Bar £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 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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50% Off Meal & Cocktail For Two At Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse Co. Chelsea Picture Red letter days Logo  50% Off Meal & Cocktail For Two At Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse Co. Chelsea £49.00
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50% Off Meal & Cocktail For Two At Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse Co. City Picture Red letter days Logo  50% Off Meal & Cocktail For Two At Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse Co. City £49.00
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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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50% Off Meal, Side & Cocktail For Two - Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Chelsea Picture Red letter days Logo  50% Off Meal, Side & Cocktail For Two - Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Chelsea £59.00
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Three-course Meal With A Cocktail For Two At Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Cafe Picture Red letter days Logo  Three-course Meal With A Cocktail For Two At Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Cafe £65.00
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Afternoon Tea For Two At Map Maison With A Glass Of Fizz Or A Cocktail Picture Activity Superstore Logo  Afternoon Tea For Two At Map Maison With A Glass Of Fizz Or A Cocktail £69.00
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Tower Bridge Exhibition And Dim Sum Dishes With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong Picture Buyagift Logo  Tower Bridge Exhibition And Dim Sum Dishes With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong £75.00
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Afternoon Tea With Bellini Cocktail For Two At The Capital Hotel Knightsbridge Picture Buyagift Logo  Afternoon Tea With Bellini Cocktail For Two At The Capital Hotel Knightsbridge £79.00
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Emirates Stadium Tour With Three Course Meal And Cocktails For Two At Shaka Zulu Picture Buyagift Logo  Emirates Stadium Tour With Three Course Meal And Cocktails For Two At Shaka Zulu £79.00
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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 £79.00
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Royal Cocktails And Sharing Platter For Two At The Rubens Picture Red letter days Logo  Royal Cocktails And Sharing Platter For Two At The Rubens £80.00
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Cocktails And Bar Snacks For Two At Bbar, London Picture Red letter days Logo  Cocktails And Bar Snacks For Two At Bbar, London £80.00
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Dining With Cocktails For Two At Cockadoo Restaurant And Bar Picture Buyagift Logo  Dining With Cocktails For Two At Cockadoo Restaurant And Bar £89.00
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Visit To St Paul's Cathedral And Dim Sum With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong Picture Buyagift Logo  Visit To St Paul's Cathedral And Dim Sum With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong £89.00
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Vodka Cocktail Lovers' Treat For Two At Malmaison London Picture Red letter days Logo  Vodka Cocktail Lovers' Treat For Two At Malmaison London £89.00
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Whisky Cocktail Lovers' Treat For Two At Malmaison London Picture Red letter days Logo  Whisky Cocktail Lovers' Treat For Two At Malmaison London £89.00
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Three Course Meal With Wine Or Cocktails For Two At Cactus Jacks Picture Buyagift Logo  Three Course Meal With Wine Or Cocktails For Two At Cactus Jacks £89.99
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Overnight Escape With Cocktail At Cerise Valence, France Picture Buyagift Logo  Overnight Escape With Cocktail At Cerise Valence, France £89.99
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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 £90.00
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Coca Cola London Eye Visit And Dim Sum With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong Picture Buyagift Logo  Coca Cola London Eye Visit And Dim Sum With Cocktails For Two At Ping Pong £95.00
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Wyld Afternoon Tea And Cocktails For Two At Dandelyan Picture Red letter days Logo  Wyld Afternoon Tea And Cocktails For Two At Dandelyan £110.00
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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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One Night Stay With Dinner And Cocktails For Two At Cerise Carcassonne Sud, France Picture Buyagift Logo  One Night Stay With Dinner And Cocktails For Two At Cerise Carcassonne Sud, France £139.99
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One Night Gourmet Escape With Cocktails For Two At Cerise Maisons Laffitte, France Picture Buyagift Logo  One Night Gourmet Escape With Cocktails For Two At Cerise Maisons Laffitte, France £139.99
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One Night Gourmet Getaway With Cocktails For Two At Cerise Strasbourg, France Picture Buyagift Logo  One Night Gourmet Getaway With Cocktails For Two At Cerise Strasbourg, France £139.99
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One Night Escape With Dinner And Cocktails For Two At Hôtel Des Druides, France Picture Buyagift Logo  One Night Escape With Dinner And Cocktails For Two At Hôtel Des Druides, France £139.99
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One Night Gourmet Getaway With Cocktails For Two At Le Prieuré D'orniols, France Picture Buyagift Logo  One Night Gourmet Getaway With Cocktails For Two At Le Prieuré D'orniols, France £139.99
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Bottomless Brunch With Cocktails And Karaoke For Five At Lucky Voice Islington Picture Red letter days Logo  Bottomless Brunch With Cocktails And Karaoke For Five At Lucky Voice Islington £175.00
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20% Off Two-course Meal With A Cocktail And Top Price Theatre Tickets For Two Picture Red letter days Logo  20% Off Two-course Meal With A Cocktail And Top Price Theatre Tickets For Two £175.00
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Stag & Hen Cocktail Party Picture Experience Days Logo  Stag & Hen Cocktail Party £600.00
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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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