Entirely-Sarah: Cocktail masterclass at Brass Monkey

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Cocktail masterclass at Brass Monkey

This year Nottingham is going to experience its very own  cocktail festival, with 16 brands and bars taking part the seven day cocktail experience which features everything from parties, events, competitions, masterclasses and of course, cocktails! Ahead of this, I was lucky enough to be one of the bloggers selected to join Nick, the founder of Loves cocktails, a few other bloggers and the lovely staff at Brass Monkey where our event was held. The event gave us a chance to sample some of the cocktails and learn all about what the event had in store for us. 



We were greeted by Nick and the lovely staff at Brass monkey and lead upstairs where we started off having our first cocktail. This was a take on a Tom Collins gin cocktail and featured apple and thyme and had a slightly sweet apple taste with the after taste of the thyme. This was nice, but it wasn't my favourite of the three, but I think it is just that I am less keen on the taste of thyme. We were them given a shot of a classic french martini. Some of you will be glad, and some will be disappointed, but I didn't shot it! I sensibly sipped it to properly taste the french martini, which was very nice. 

The second cocktail we had was a pineapple and basil margarita. I liked the sound of it but wasn't sure what to expect from this as I felt that it may be a little odd considering the last thing I remember having basil in was tomato soup! The cocktail has a beautiful pineapple flavour that was very tropical and made me feel like I should have been on a hot beach somewhere tropical! I could definitely order this if I was out and wanted a nice cocktail to drink. 

The last cocktail we tried looked very fancy, and was a concoction they had put together for us, and named a 'passionate afternoon'. I didn't catch the full ingredients however, they will be emailed over to us soon, so I can then update this here if I have missed anything. This included, prosseco, clementine, passion fruit and a few more ingredients. This then had mint and a cherry on top, and of course it was very Instagramable!

The evening was spent learning about Nick's passion for cocktails. He was a bartender for 15 years, and has many connections within the cocktail industry. Being friend with the people who run the London cocktail week and having many connections and experiences in bars up and down the UK, he has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in order to run and host cocktail events. Nick has arranged for 16 brands and venues to be involved in the Nottingham festival it is one that can't be missed if you love cocktails! 

The event takes place from Monday 24th April until Sunday 30th April, with some amazing events taking place over the days, You can find the event guide here where you can click through the days to see what is on and what you fancy going to. I already have a few events on my wishlist, I just need to rope together some unsuspecting, cocktail loving friends, along with my blogger friends to enjoy the events. 

Nick is not only knowledgeable but also has a clear passion for the cocktail industry, drinks making and event hosting. It was such a lovely opportunity to get to know him on a more personal level, as well as his brand, and his plans for the future and other cities he may eventually take his cocktail festival events to. I am really looking forward to the event and I cannot wait to share with you what I get up to at the festival, sadly it will be a weekend affair as I will be working in the week, and so either cant make the events, or will be a rush to attend ones after work with travelling times. Students can get a wristband for £6.50 while the full price is £10, and they can be bought off the Nottingham Loves Cocktails website here. The event sounds so much fun and I definitely recommend you check it out if you find it interesting!


6 comments:

  1. This sounds like so much fun, the cocktails look lovely! so pleased Nottingham is holding such a fab festival xxx

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    1. I am really looking forward to the festival! I am so glad they are hosting it too, I feel like it is a great way to learn more about the drinks themselves too x

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  2. looks like you had a great time! I love cocktails and think Nottingham is getting some great bar where you can try some really different flavours. I absolutely love Hockley Arts Club for cocktails, you should try it if you haven't been already! x

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    1. Oooh I dont think I have been there, I went to a few on my friends hen do about 2 years ago and there were some amazing ones, but I don't recall going there! I will pop it as somewhere to try x

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  3. I think I liked the last one best, although it would be hard to choose. I certainly think I learnt more about cocktails than I ever have before. I've never really thought about the history of where certain drinks come from. The guys really knew their stuff.

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    1. I'm the same, I don't drink them very often either, so I think its nice to have learnt more about them and get to understand more about what we are drinking and where it comes from! x

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