A few weeks back now but it has got me thinking about cocktails since then… For a friend’s birthday, we went along to a cocktail making class at Craft and Dough. The location was on Campo Lane, Sheffield (it once was Wig and Pen) so right in the city centre. We picked up some great tips along the way – especially me as I’m a complete cocktail making novice!
First off we made a delicious mojito full of zesty lime flavour and mint. A proper summer classic! Tip I picked up – put your mint leaves on one hand and ‘clap’ them with the other before using. Apparently it helps to release more of the oils and give you a proper mint flavour without destroying the leaf.
Also the Angostura bitters on top can be a healthy amount, don’t be shy! It won’t ruin your cocktail flavour if you’ve made it well. Plus it makes your finished drink look lush.
The Old Fashioned
For our second drink, we made an Old Fashioned. A darker cocktail with warming flavours… Ours was made from rum but you can commonly find whisky Old Fashioned on cocktail menus in bars. The blood oranges in this made it look and taste really good – it wouldn’t be something I’d choose ordinarily but my own slipped down very well!
By the time that a group of novice cocktail makers had made two drinks each, the tables looked like chaos. It gave us all a really good appreciation of the skill and art form that is involved in making cocktails well.
The staff at Craft and Dough were super friendly and the session ran really smoothly. It was well paced so we could share equipment and keep up with instructions. There was plenty of time to ask questions throughout (which we did) and the staff member leading the class was patient and knowledgeable.
Plus, there were some pizza bread snacks delivered a few minutes after we started! So not only did we have handmade cocktails, we also had our own ‘bar snacks’.
All in all, we had a great time in the little attic room at Campo Lane for the cocktail making class. We stuck around downstairs afterwards for a couple more drinks and some pizza from their main menu. For an evening activity for a group, it was great and I’d definitely recommend.