Sunday nights are made for cocktail classes.
When my American blogging friend Melanie from Sunny in London invited me to try out the cocktail masterclass at La Brasserie in Chelsea, I probably shouldn’t have hesitated a bit in saying yes as I had work the next day. Is that bad? Nah. I never miss an opportunity for a cocktail!
So Sunday evening I arrived in Chelsea (secretly hoping I’d spot someone from the Made in Chelsea gang– YES I SAID IT) to La Brasserie, not quite sure what to expect but knowing it would be a good time with Melanie and our other blogger accomplice Selena of Oh, The Places We Will Go!
The Lovely Matthew of The Steeple Times, greeted me with a glass of wine and we chatted until the rest of the gang arrived. Then, when we were ready, expert bartender Alex brought (me first) behind the bar to get started.
First step of La Brasserie’s cocktail class– choosing which one you’re going to learn how to make!
A Wild Berry Martini sounded pretty good to me, so next it was time to learn how to create it!
A bit of ingredient adding and lots of shaking later (the whole bar cheered as I did.. pretty cool!) I was pouring away.
And there it was, ready to be drank, fruit garnish and all.
And then it was my time to drink (and snap photos, in true blogger form) as Melanie hopped behind the bar. She chose to create the Passion Fruit Martini. Such a Florida girl…
Melanie’s birthday had been the day before, so right as she finished her cocktail, she received a sweet treat!
I can’t remember which type of cake it was but I DO remember it was delicious– I think that’s the most important part…
By this time, I was a glass of wine and a half a martini down, so Alex brought us some nibbles to ensure we didn’t stumble out of there later in the evening.
And then it was time for Selena to get mixing. She chose to make the Brasserie Julep. It had tea in it! So English (even though the Texan chose it!)
Look at that cool cup that it came in! At that point I was jealous that I didn’t get a little more adventurous…
Once our class was over and we all had our cocktails, we stayed at the bar and got to know the restaurant’s regulars, which was one of the best parts of the evening. Even though it was a Sunday night, the place was buzzing with locals who all knew the bartenders and other staff by name, and the three of us got to chatting to a few of them. We even met a guy who has breakfast there almost every morning. They MUST be doing something right…
Before we called it a night (but after a couple more glasses of wine… eek) Alex made the Brasserie Martini– complete with an oyster!
I’m not an oyster person, so naturally, our Floridian Melanie tried it. But I of course tasted the actual cocktail– it was an interesting, sweet-ish cocktail. Does that make sense? I don’t think I’ll become a drink critic anytime soon… oh, and look how cool this glass is? The bottom bit is full of ice to keep it cool (see below…)
The Cocktail Masterclass at La Brasserie is at 6pm every Sunday and is only £10, which includes the drink you create. You won’t be a pro at mixing when it’s over, but it’s a fun way to make some new friends and have a good time on a Sunday evening. I didn’t get to eat anything besides a few bites, but the burgers are meant to be fantastic there– and you can read Melanie’s review of their afternoon tea.
Disclosure: us bloggers were invited to La Brasserie for a complimentary class in exchange for a review. But as always, I’m keeping it real.