Some of us just aren’t as knowledgeable when it comes to drinks of the liqueur variety. If your mixing skills end at vodka and orange juice or you thought that a bloody Mary was just some off-putting chick in the mirror, you have much to learn.
But don’t feel shaken, because we’re about to mix up your life. Whether you’re financially unavailable ($10 cocktails are a slippery slope) or your idea of being fancy is putting ice in your glass, try out one of these classes and you’ll be making a stir at your next party – or hens night – before you even know it.
Malt Dining | CBD
If your martinis are falling flat, or you have no idea what the heck a jigger is (guilty), go back to basics with Malt Dining’s cocktail introduction course. The rustic venue lies in the heart of Brisbane and struts its stuff with a huge range of “beverage appreciation” courses (thank us later). Sip on your arrival cocktail as you learn to confidently mix two classic drinks. After you’ve wrapped your head around that, you’ll engage in a friendly cocktail-invention competition (with the chance to win a $50 Malt Dining voucher – AKA more cocktails for later). At $50pp, this is a no-brainer!
Meccah Bah | Fortitude Valley
Shake it up with Mecca Bah’s cocktail classes, where their in-house mixologists and cocktail connoisseurs will show you how your favourite Mecca mixes are made. The menu sports tongue-tingling fancies like the Lemon Sherbet Cocktail, Turkish Delight Martini, and Sunset in Dubai, so you know you’re in for a sweet time. Gather up some booze-loving friends (or let loose with coworkers in a corporate class), and from $60pp (10-person minimum) you’ll learn some recipes that can’t be found in the average cocktail course.
Riverbar and Kitchen | CBD
Leave the trackies at home – tonight you can make cocktails by the river! The gorgeous Riverbar offers a Night Out worthy of capitalization. The masterclass begins with one cocktail delivered straight to your waiting hand on arrival, and is followed by a course in making (and drinking) two more. Keen to extend your stay? We don’t blame you. Riverbar offers masterclass packages that include canapés or a two-course meal, starting at just $65pp.
The Laneway | CBD
If you’ve always had your eye on a certain drink (or have tried and failed to mix it on your own), The Laneway can help you out. This sequestered spot in Brisbane’s heart offers private classes behind the bar. From a humongous list, you pick three cocktails to make – and drink. The classes are taught from 4-6pm on Saturdays, so you’ll have the venue all to yourself for just $60pp. Can you get more VIP than that?
Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar | South Brisbane
If you’re a child at heart with the liver of a full-fledged Cowch is a fun way to meet – and embrace – your daily sugar and alcohol needs. Your afternoon in this udderly delightful dessert bar will start with a 40-minute cocktail class, in which you’ll shake, stir and muddle (incidentally, our new favourite word) four cocktails. When you’re finished shaking up a storm, the team at Cowch will trade your shot glasses for a selection of delicious canapés. No need to clutch at straws: the whole afternoon will only cost you $59.95pp.
If you’re still thirsty for more, take a shot at a cocktail class from Dutch Courage every third Saturday of the month – or be-gin your cocktail journey with a gin masterclass, courtesy of Covent Garden.
Words by Samantha Chariton and Sophia Lunn, the gourmands who thought that a martini was a car for a good portion of their lives.