In the heart of the golden triangle you’ll find The Warwick Street Social (link). From the incredible range of drinks, to the delicious food and interesting decor – it is one of the best places to socialise. I’m lucky enough to call this my local too. So when I heard about the Norwich Bloggers Cocktail Masterclass at Warwick Street Social, I jumped at the chance to join in a bought a ticket faster than you could say Pina Colada!
With a pineapple and chilli margarita in hand and sambuca courgettes to snack on, we settled down to begin our evening of cocktail making. Scott was set the challenge of creating six cocktails – three standard cocktails and three seasonal ones. He talked us through the ingredients, shared some trade secrets and created the delicious masterpieces, before handing the reins over to us. The idea was that the most popular cocktail would be included in the Norwich Bloggers Christmas meal. (info here)
First up was the classic Mojito. It was refreshing, light and delicious. I do love a good Mojito and this was one of the best I’ve had. Pro tip – don’t use crushed ice, cubes are the only way to go. Be sure to rub the mint leaves to, to release the flavour.
Next up was the classic Pina Colada. The perfect cocktail for sipping poolside in the glorious sunshine. You’ll notice its absence from the line up as it was immediately discounted for being to summery. Plus a lot of the ladies weren’t coconut fans!
The final cocktail in the classic section was a bramble. It’s a gin based cocktail that’s become quite popular in line with the resurgence of gin. Now, I’m not really a gin fan, I love sloe gin but that’s about it! However, I surprised myself with this. The blackcurrant Cassis that was layered over the ice at the end, added a sweet and fruity flavour. I’m pretty sure it disguised the gin taste that I’m not too fond of!
To get that gorgeous layered effect, pour the Cassis over the ice slowly in a circular motion, with a rather steady hand. One for at the start of the night!
Pumpkin spice isn’t just for your latte! Scott had made a pumpkin puree especially for this one. Major dedication to the cocktail cause right there! Unfortunately I just couldn’t get past the fact there was pumpkin in (I’m not a fan). However it was aptly Autumnal.
When you think of Christmas gingerbread and candy canes probably spring to mind. That’s exactly what our last two concoctions were. The Gingerbread spiced cocktail was deliciously Christmassy, with a dash of sweetness and spice. It was a real crowd pleaser, especially with the cute gingerbread man. Bonus points to this one tasting like a biscuit and not containing one, which is always nice if you can’t eat them!
The Candy Cane cocktail was sweet, minty, light and refreshing. It would be an incredible substitution for dessert. Pro tip – if there is a flavour of tea for it, you can make a syrup out of it. Turning peppermint tea into a syrup is genius in my books!
Now that’s a pretty impressive line up if you ask me! It was a tough decision choosing our favourite. It came down to the two Christmas cocktails. The gingerbread spiced cocktail was victorious, purely because the Candy Cane Cocktail was too sweet before a meal. A practical winner, but a delicious one nonetheless!
All in all the Norwich Bloggers Cocktail Masterclass at Warwick Street Social was incredible! I had a fabulous night gossiping with the lovely Norwich bloggers and discovering some amazing cocktails. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Scott for being the cocktail maker extraordinaire for the evening. If you’re in the Norwich area, head to Warwick Street Social for a night out it won’t disappoint! If you’re not lucky enough to live in this fine city I’d definitely recommend doing a cocktail masterclass.
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