Ever wanted to be a mixologist? Well now you have a chance to do exactly that. And whilst you’re not going to be chucking things around like the stars of 80s blockbuster ‘Cocktail’ you can at least get behind a bar and have a go at making some shiz.
WHO ARE THE MIXOLOGY GROUP?
Let’s start from the beginning. The Mixology Group is owned and run by married team Myles and Zoe Cunliffe, who have been working tirelessly to bring us the best in drinks, service and hangovers for a number of years now.
A cocktail masterclass could be something for a smallish group of you to do as mates, or as a team building event, and that’s the fun side of things (and the thing we had a go at).
But they do also train people properly in the dark arts of alcohol, turning out well-trained, professional staff; and do a load of other stuff like bar hire, party packages, big kids’ sweetshops and so on. It’s the sort of job we’ve dreamed of having, and they’re actually living our dream, dammit.
WHERE CAN YOU DO THE CLASSES?
The Mixology Group have a purpose built cocktail school which is where we went for our masterclass, although they can do mobile events. But we love the school, which is in Hove and is just crammed with all the drinks you could ever imagine, and then some.
Why not kick off the evening with a cocktail so eye-wateringly strong you immediately believe you are superhuman? That seems good to us. And then learn a bit about your chosen poisons, including history of drinks, different tinctures, what goes with what and so on.
It’s fascinating stuff – not just the obvious stuff like which mixers work with which spirits, but how the inclusion of herbs, floral distillates, even different ice shapes and volumes all play a part in making the perfect drink.
DID WE CREATE SOME MASTERPIECES OR WHAT!
Finally, after lots of questions and answers you do get a chance to get behind the bar and make some drinks, with all the fun that goes with it – moulding ice, muddling things, shaking stuff, choosing weird ingredients and generally making a bit of a tasty mess – which of course you then get to drink. What’s not to like?!
We wobbled out of there considerably more noisily than when we went in. It was the most fun we’ve had with our clothes on for a long time. We thank you all heartily for our amazing hangovers the next day!
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
The Mixology Group