Milton Masterclasses are a great way to start any night on the town, and our lucky team got the chance to take part in one of our own (for research purposes only, of course).
We were like a giggly set of children as we arrived – it was exciting to experience something that Milton guests take part in every weekend and we wanted to test our mixology mettle.
Our bartender, Adam, was pleasant and very charming, and we felt at ease in his company. We were shown the equipment we’d be using and given a humorous and descriptive history lesson on the background of cocktails – needless to say I have a few fun facts and anecdotes up my sleeve to rescue those awkward house party silences that everyone has experienced.
This was accompanied by a refreshing glass of fizz, so although we were eager to get behind the bar and actually make the cocktails Adam was talking about, we certainly weren’t left feeling thirsty when the action did begin. We were taking part in a mini master class at £25 per head, but there are other packages available as well.
After a brief yet informative introduction, the part we’d been waiting for had arrived. It was time to get behind the bar.
I don’t know why I thought this very act would transform our team into experts (perhaps I’ve seen Tom Cruise in ‘Cocktail’ a few too many times,) but despite my frankly poor co-ordination and excitable demeanour, I’m pleased to say that, under Adam’s expert guidance, I actually managed to pull off a tasty treat, in the form of a Cosmo- a classic I have always enjoyed.
The camaraderie of the group was excellent, which obviously only made the class more enjoyable. For those who don’t know each other quite so well, there are plenty of ice breaking opportunities. The atmosphere throughout is light hearted and downright fun for ladies and gents alike. Adam explained that this particular package is ideal for larger parties, though it also regularly attracts smaller groups and couples who similarly wish to dip their toes into the water (or something a bit stronger) of cocktail making, often leading to booking a more in-depth class.
The second cocktail we made was a Margarita- zingy, refreshing and perfect for a night out. The ingredients and preparation were fairly simple and this is definitely something I will be making at home. Which brings me nicely onto this little extra:
All guests who take part in a Milton Master Class get to take home this menu which includes several recipes and a few interesting cocktail facts. In short, a handy guide to refer back to. This will certainly be a welcome guest at my next house party.
The mini masterclass was the perfect warm up to our evening’s activities, and the late start time of 7pm lead us into our night out brilliantly. By the end of the class the crowd was picking up nicely and it wasn’t long before we hit the dance floor with the DJ playing everything from Motown, to old school R ‘n’ B and House.
Master Class packages start from £25 per person and build up gradually in cost and content. For an extra special occasion there are more luxurious packages costing up to £50 per person.
They are suitable for any group size and for a whole host of occasions; from hen party’s to birthdays and date nights to team bonding. It was a great experience and one I can highly recommend to anyone who has ever daydreamed of muddling a Mojito in a Cuban beach club. The Milton Master Classes may just be the next best thing, albeit with a slightly rainier background. The only question is, what’s your tipple?
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