If you’re a fan of cocktails you’ll likely enjoy a good cocktail masterclass. They’re a fun way to enjoy drinks with your friends whilst picking up some hints and tips for making your own cocktails at home. Last weekend I was invited down to Bar Opus at One Snowhill to take part in their masterclass, which was a great chance to learn how to make some new drinks and get to know the bar a little better. Nearly every cocktail bar in town offers a masterclass – read on to find out why your next one should be at Bar Opus!
Plenty of effort had been put in to make the masterclass a lot of fun. There was a (classier) ring of fire style game throughout the class, which involved creating a cocktail concoction for someone to drink at the end as well as a pass the parcel! The class was led by bartenders Tim and Sam, who were great at getting everyone joining in and having a good time.
The first drink we made, the Honey Bee, is from their range of ‘Hi 5’ cocktails: £5 mon-fri (after 5pm) and all day Saturday, which is a bargain! Created with Jim Bean Honey, vanilla syrup, vanilla milkshake and honey, this was an incredibly sweet and creamy cocktail. The thick ingredients really needed a good shake to blend the cocktail, so we all got our shake on and gave it a go!
The second cocktail was the Elderflower Spritz. Made with Chase Elderflower vodka, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and elderflower tonic, this drink was a nice contrast to the Honey Bee as it was refreshing and a much lighter cocktail to sip on. This was stirred rather than shaken aswell, so easy to make at home even if you don’t own a cocktail shaker.
The Bar Opus masterclass doesn’t attempt to create an authentic bartender experience; you’re not behind the bar and therefore the ingredients is pre-measured a la Ready Steady Cook. At first I thought this was a bit of the shame, especially for a masterclass with a competitive element – it helps if each persons measuring makes the drinks vary in taste! However there were certainly benefits to taking the class away from the busy bar: there was a much more laid back feel, chance to chat with the people around you and space to move around and take your time.
As a group we were also treated to Afternoon Tea and a couple of sharing cocktails, including these beautiful lemony drinks served in delicate eggshells. As I’ve come to expect and appreciate from the Opus venues, dietary requirements were very well catered for and as a pescatarian I didn’t feel I was missing out at all!
Overall I had a fantastic time at the Bar Opus masterclass, and would certainly take part again! A one hour class costs £15pp, which is reasonable compared to some other classes in town, and I can also highly recommend the afternoon tea! Thank you to Tim and Sam for being brilliant hosts and to Sian for organising the event, I will hopefully see you again soon!
*This event was complimentary for the purpose of writing my thoughts on my blog. This does not affect my honest opinion.