Following in the footsteps of the cocktail masterclasses it launched last year, the Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell, will once again play host to some of London’s finest cocktail maestros with a second series that builds upon the success of the first.
Beginning on February 20, the classes (3-5pm, £40) will kick off with one dedicated to Campari, hosted by bar manager Matteo Malisan alongside mixologists from Tony Conigliari’s Bar Termini in Soho. The team behind this bijou bar – designed like the quintessential Italian railway pitstop, and serving coffee in the morning then cocktails for aperitivi – are dab-hands at Campari-based cocktails, and have bottled the bar’s own-blend Negronis. Not only will they be making the classic version from Florence – with gin, red vermouth and Campari – but also four other cocktails with the vividly coloured herb-based spirit from Italy. The Spritz Termini contains Beefeater gin, rhubarb cordial, Aperol and prosecco, while there is a twist on a Bellini and a Marsala Martini fromSicily in the form of Beefeater gin, Marsala dolce, dry vermouth and almond bitters. These will be accompanied by canapés such as classic Italian cheeses and charcuterie. After the class comes to a close, the party continues in the upstairs bar.
“It will be an afternoon of fun, combining cocktails, food and chat in a 1950s Italian atmosphere, while learning about the origins of the aperitif culture and the most iconic aperitif cocktails in their classic and new versions,” says Malisan.
For Italians, perfecting the Negroni is vital: “It’s a superb, classic drink. However, there’s nothing more disappointing than a badly made Negroni. Over-dilution and not combining the three ingredients in a balanced way will achieve poor results. We will present two different ways of mixing and serving them, stirring them over ice or pre-batched served neat as a fermented, sparkling new Zetter Townhouse version that will soon be on the menu.”
Further classes to enrich cocktail knowledge include an Irish whiskymasterclass on March 19, a Sipsmith gin masterclass on May 14, one dedicated to Japanese whisky on June 25 and champagne on July 30.