Whether it's shaken or stirred, these cocktail making classes, distillery tours and tastings will tingle your taste buds and revive your love for cocktails and mixed drinks. It's doors open to the distilleries and bars around the country to taste, learn about and make delicious drinks. Cocktails, gin & whisky experience FAQs...
• A two-hour gin tasting workshop in Stourbridge • Discover which tonics go best with which gins • Sample 5 carefully chosen gins from around the world • Hosted by ginthusiasts from Dr Hardwicke's Emporium
We think these cocktails lessons, spirit workshops and tastings are superb fun. And they’re a great way to be able to add a little glamour to the next dinner party or BBQ hosted at yours. Get frosting those glasses, mashing the mint for your mojito and cutting the lemons!
Yes! You’ll be shown how to make all sorts of cocktails. So if you’ve always wondered what goes into a Black Russian, or want to learn the best way to make a Mojito, these classes are for you. And you get to drink the fruits of your labour too!
Is it all a bit like Tom Cruise in the film Cocktail?
Images of Tom Cruise in that rather cheesy film are blown to smithereens (thank goodness!). Whilst it is quite artistic (flamboyant even), creating those flavoursome mixes, you won't be obliged to toss bottles into the air accompanied by 80s music. Sorry Tom with your natty waistcoat, gelled hair and Cuban heels, cocktail making is a lot cooler these days!
Will we get notes on how to make the cocktails?
In most cases you leave your class with loads of notes and handy hints, so you will be able to knock up fabulous cocktails and drinks at home. The ‘cheat sheets’ include the details of ingredients needed, a kit list and tips and hacks from expert mixologists and bar staff.
Do these experiences take place in bars?
Venues vary according to the experience. Spirit tasting and cocktail making classes are often in licensed bars, whilst on gin and whisky making experiences you usually tour the distillery.
Do you offer spirit tasting experiences too?
Yes we do. You can learn all about gin and whisky with our distillery tours and spirit tasting experiences available at venues around the country.
Is it whisky or whiskey?
Good question! The Scots call it whisky, the Irish call it whiskey. Either way this golden nectar is a staple favourite in drinks cabinets and bars around the world, so these experiences will teach you all about it!
How do Scots drink their whisky?
Neat! OK you can add a drop of water to your wee dram of whisky, but if you’re in the Highlands and ask for your single malt to be served with ice or (horror of horrors) lemonade, it will definitely cause a stir!
Are these workshops serious or more fun?
The cocktail making classes, gin tours, whisky workshops and everything in between are all designed to be entertaining. You’ll have fun, but you’ll also learn a lot too.
Will I learn how whisky is made?
If you’re on a whisky distillery tour, yes, you will see where the whisky is made and learn about all the processes involved, from mashing and maturing, to bottling and tasting.
Will I see how gin is made?
If you’ve booked onto a gin making experience you will get to see how gin is made in a distillery using those fragrant juniper berries to create the famous tipple.
Does London Gin have to be made in London then?
No, but there are strict criteria to meet. It has to be made with only juniper berries and natural ingredients. No flavours or colours are allowed and only a minimum of sugar to be used.
What are botanicals in gin?
Botanicals are the natural ingredients added to gin to give it flavour. They’re usually seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, roots and herbs. Some of the most popular include lemon and orange peel, angelica root, coriander seeds and ginger. The exact blend of botanicals used is usually a closely guarded secret!
Is there more to gin than a G&T?
Yes! Whilst G&T is a great drink (and you’ll be shown how to make the perfect one), you’ll discover just how versatile gin is on these experiences. From a stirred, not shaken Gin Martini, to a Sloe Gin Fizz, you’ll love them all.
What are the gin and whisky subscriptions all about?
Gin and whisky subscriptions make for great gifts. You get miniature bottles of hand-picked whisky or gin delivered to your door on a regular basis. Each pack includes tasting notes, serving suggestions and details on the provenance of each spirit that has been chosen to feature in your tasting box.
What is the minimum age for these cocktail and spirit experiences?
It’s alcohol, so it’s a minimum of 18 years old for these experiences.
Are cocktail making and spirit tasting experiences good for groups?
Absolutely. A cocktail making class, a gin tasting session or a whisky making tour - they’re all ideal for small groups and they’re a great way to kick off a day of fun. Online you can buy a single voucher for multiple people to attend, or contact our customer service team if you want a bespoke group experience organising for you.
Do I get to drink lots of tasty cocktails?
In a word, yes. We should take this opportunity to remind you to drink responsibly and to not drive home if you are over the drink drive limit. Book a taxi, get someone to drive you or why not even make a weekend break of it?
Do we get a goodie bag to take home with us?
This depends on the nature of the experience and the venue, but more often than not you won’t be leaving empty-handed. And if you really like a particular drink that you've tasted at a distillery, there’s often the opportunity to buy more to take home with you.
Where can I go cocktail making or spirit tasting near me?M
We’ve got workshops, classes, experiences and visits all over the country. And don’t forget, if you for a subscription gift, your tasty tipples are delivered directly to you!
Locations for cocktail making, gin tasting and whisky workshops currently include: