The art of cocktail making is one that is reassuringly difficult to master. Anyone can throw together a random concoction of spirits and fruit juices and call it a cocktail, I know I have, but to create a truly wonderful beverage you need to know what you are doing. Thankfully we have numerous cocktail bars in Brighton where you can be presented with a superb sour, magnificent martini or delectable Daquiri by someone who has the skills and know how to do so in a cool, calm and collected fashion.
But how did these super smooth liquor purveyors learn their craft? Well here in Brighton we have a cocktail and bartending school that is one of the best in the country, and it is not just for people looking for a career in the hospitality business.
Mixology Experts Shaking up the cocktail scene
The Mixology group are one of the leading cocktail, bartending and spirits businesses in the country. Offering everything from bespoke cocktail events, consultancy and training, they can do pretty much anything when it comes to drink. Their director, Myles Cunliffe, was recently named “Imbibe Educator of the Year 2017” and they have just opened a new bar school just off Davigdor Road in Hove.
With over 23 years of hospitality experience under their belts, they are well placed to offer a full training package for businesses who are looking to take their staff to the next level. More excitingly, for us non-industry types, they also offer courses suitable for enthusiastic amateurs who are looking to impress at their next party or get together. The six hour introduction to cocktails and mixology lessons are the perfect way to learn all the basics you need to create some iconic cocktails at home, and will give you the confidence to experiment in a much more informed fashion. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed then they can also host groups looking for a fun way to mark a celebration with bespoke party packages.
Having attended the launch party for the new school I can certainly vouch for the quality of the drinks. Clearly I had to taste everything on offer, in the name of journalism of course, and despite being very different each drink hit the spot. A pea shoot sour was arguably the standout drink, smooth, sweet and tangy, but the real crowd pleaser had to be the dry ice tequila shot.
Brighton Cocktail Week 18th to 28th May
When not offering bespoke pop up bars, training, events and internationally recognised qualifications, The Mixology group have also found the time to create Brighton Cocktail week. This new event, in collaboration with Brighton and Hove Food Festival, is sure to be a massive celebration of Brighton and Hove’s fantastic hospitality industry.
There are around thirty venues across the city from swanky cocktail bars to pubs and restaurants signed up. Participating venues will be offering wristband holders a selection of classic cocktails, with their own twist, for just £5 each. Selected venues will also be hosting cocktail masterclasses, promotions and tastings throughout the week so keep your eyes peeled for these.
To buy a wristband, costing a very reasonable £10 each, you need to head over to www.brightoncocktailweek.com and purchase these in advance. They will then be posted out to you ready for the event.
I am very much looking forward to sampling a variety of cocktails, sensibly of course, during Brighton cocktail week. If any venues are looking for someone to comment on their martini’s then you know where to find me. Thanks to The Mixology Group and Brighton Cocktail week there is no better time to get shaken, stirred and perhaps a little muddled in our fine city.