Sunday, 11 February 2018

Drink: Tom's Kitchen Cocktail Masterclass

Style: Cocktail masterclass    Price: ££ (£35 per person) Location: Mailbox

How exciting to be invited to a cocktail masterclass in which I'd be making classic cocktails! In the year it's been open, I haven't managed to visit Tom's Kitchen until this event. I'd been a little put off by the prices of the food but I had admired the cocktail list, full of spirit-led classics.

I was delighted to be invited along to try one of their masterclasses, held in one of the private dining rooms just off the restaurant.

Noel, our host for the evening, talked us through each cocktail and we went up in pairs to try making them ourselves.

The Pom Pom

Containing a shot of lemon vodka, a shot of kumquat liqueur and pomegranate, this refreshing and fruity drink is shaken with ice, then strained into a martini glass. The sharpness of the liqueur and the vodka were a lovely contrast with the sweet juice.


I love a Poinsettia. It's a champagne-based cocktail, with cranberry and Grand Marnier, an orange brandy liqueur. The liqueur and the juice were poured into the glass, then carefully topped with champagne. The clever layering effect comes from pouring the champagne down a bar spoon.

Gin Martini

A classic cocktail masterclass with one of the most classic cocktails! It's a simple, refreshing, classy drink. Naturally, if you don't like gin, it's not going to be for you.

A gin martini is a double measure of gin, with white vermouth (I tend to add bitters too). Stirred over plenty of ice and strained into a chilled glass. We made a twist of lemon, by twirling it round a straw.

While we were there, Noel showed us one his own favourites: a kind of spicy martini.

 It was a really fun evening. It's £35pp, there's no minimum amount of people, and you can request the type of cocktails you'd like to make.

If you're not into masterclasses but you are into cocktails, I'd still advise popping by Tom's Kitchen for a drink or two. The bartenders know what they're talking about and make some splendid cocktails.

Tom's Kitchen

The masterclass experience was complimentary

Photos by Helen

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