Shaken Not Stirred

And shake!

When RRA booked a Cocktail Masterclass at Malmaison in support of the Pied Piper Appeal we had no idea exactly what would be involved nor how much fun it would be.
We gathered around one of Malmaison’s expert mixologists and our teacher for the evening, Tessa, in one of Malmaison’s private tasting rooms. Each of us stood in front of an assortment of glasses and very professional looking ‘things’.

The table set for the evening in one of Malmaison's private tasting rooms.
The table set for the evening in one of Malmaison’s private tasting rooms.

The evening flew by as we followed Tessa’s professional, and very patient, supervision to concoct our cocktails and then taste our efforts. The jiggers jiggled and the corks popped as we merrily shook up a Cosmopolitan, muddled a Mojito and layered a Lemon Sbagliato.
We all sampled the professionally made cocktails too, so we could rate exactly how good, or how bad, our attempts were.

Concocting our cosmopolitan.
Concocting our cosmopolitan.
And shake!
And shake!
One of Malmaison's expert mixologists, Tessa, showing how it's done properly.
One of Malmaison’s expert mixologists, Tessa, showing how it’s done properly.
Pouring the Cosmopolitan.
Pouring the Cosmopolitan.
Preparing the garnish.
Preparing the garnish.
Cheers from Becky Brown of SF Planning, Chris Moore of Plainview Planning and Joe Seymour of McLoughlin Planning.
Cheers from Becky Brown of SF Planning, Chris Moore of Plainview Planning and Joe Seymour of McLoughlin Planning.

Surprisingly, and despite all the over-measured measures, we actually learnt a thing or two about cocktails, why you would stir instead of shake, when to build your ingredients and why you clap your hands with mint.

Concentrating on the task in hand.
Concentrating on the task in hand.
Not a bad looking Mojito.
Not a bad looking Mojito.
Cheers from Nathan McLoughlin of McLoughlin Planning, Adam Padmore of Cotswold Transport Planners, Mark Powles of RRA Architects and Dorian Wragg of Bruton Knowles.
Cheers from Nathan McLoughlin of McLoughlin Planning, Adam Padmore of Cotswold Transport Planners, Mark Powles of RRA Architects and Dorian Wragg of Bruton Knowles.
Cheers from Lucia Milone and Sarah-Jane Bonner of RRA Architects and Chris Moore of Plainview Planning.
Cheers from Lucia Milone and Sarah-Jane Bonner of RRA Architects and Chris Moore of Plainview Planning.

So if you don’t know your ‘jigger’ from your ‘muddler’, or your ‘top’ from your ‘up’ maybe you should book a lesson at Malmaison and find out what you’ve been missing out on.

Starting the layering process with a good measure of gin.
Starting the layering process with a good measure of gin.
Cheers from Rachel Palmer of RRA Architects.
Cheers from Rachel Palmer of RRA Architects.
A great evening was enjoyed by all. Cheers.
A great evening was enjoyed by all. Cheers.

We would like to thank Malmaison, particularly Tessa, for sharing her knowledge and all our fabulous guests who made the evening so enjoyable; Dorian Wragg of Bruton Knowles, Adam Padmore of Cotswold Transport Planning, Nathan McLoughlin and Joe Seymour of McLoughlin Planning, Chris Moore of Plainview Planning and Becky Brown of SF Planning.