Last Thursday evening I tagged along with Sherin from the HiFashion site to a cocktail masterclass at Kettner’s, on Romilly street.
I am a massive fan of cocktails – particularly gin, so a cocktail making class is my idea of a good time! We started off with a few nibbles, and got acquainted (or re-acquainted) with the other students for the night.
We went upstairs to the Apartment, which is one of their private dining rooms. I found out later that it was used by Edward VII to entertain his mistress, Lillie Langtry – he had a tunnel dug there from the Palace Theatre for their secret romps.
We started off with a Mojito – one of my all-time favorite cocktails. I picked up a few more tips, like putting a mint sprig behind the straws so you get the scent of mint while enjoying your cocktail.
We moved on to an Old Fashioned – the best I’ve ever had, as I’m not usually a fan! We moved onto martinis: one dirty, one pornstar, the latter being my favourite. I can’t wait to go back to Cambodia where I’ll be using my new found skills to have them to accompany breakfast, lunch and dinner!
I’m not usually a fan of competitive drinking (I’m not very good at it) but comparing my bartending skills to the others was so much fun that I made an exception! Definitely my type of workout.
The highlight of the evening for me was definitely the cocktail competition at the end. Think of MasterChef, or Bake Off but with cocktails. Mine (imaginatively called The Erin – I blame my fuzzy, 4-cocktails-in brain for that one) was a mix of lychee juice, crushed mint, brown sugar, gin and soda water. It was actually really nice, and I’ll definitely be making it again! I lost out to someone with a watermelon-based concoction, and despite my wounded pride I do have to concede defeat as it was delicious.
It was a great evening – although I wasn’t feeling it the next day! Thank you Kettner’s so much for a fabulous evening – I had a wonderful time.