Consummate hosts intending to serve more than a run-of-the-mill G&T need look no further than London’s Zetter Townhouse, which won world’s best new cocktail bar at the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail 2012 and is now launching a series of cocktail masterclasses (£40-£50 per person), kicking off on Saturday February 21. Run by head barman Matteo Malisan, the classes will see him invite legends from the cocktail world to co-host.
Tony Conigliaro of 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini will present a class on old-school cocktails versus new-school (March 14 and 15), imparting his knowledge of molecular mixology, but also showing that sometimes the classics are the best. He will be joined by drinks author David Wondrich, who will fly in from America for the class. Also coming from the US is David Arnold, proprietor of Booker and Dax in New York and author of Liquid Intelligence, who will be jetting in to teach a masterclass on his bar’s most famous cocktails (May 16 and 17). Other tutorials in the Clerkenwell venue include champagne cocktails (November 14) and a tour of the Zetter’s new drinks (February 21).
“When we think about a drink we try to give it some background,” says Malisan. “We want to make people more aware of what we are doing, as well as talking about spirits and where they come from. With the old versus new, we will take a classic recipe and show how you can use new techniques such as the rotovap [rotary evaporator] machine to make alternative recipes. Ultimately the idea is to teach people not to be afraid of making more interesting drinks at home.”
Each masterclass will last approximately two hours and guests will learn how to make between four and six cocktails and pick up tips on cocktail making at home, as well as soaking up some history.