One of the few alcoholic drinks I actually enjoy is a cocktail (mainly because the ones I pick just taste of fruit juice), so when I was kindly invited to a Cocktail Masterclass at The Milton Club I was over the moon. Of course, I said yes and quickly began planning what to wear!
Not knowing much about The Milton Club other than it being a members club on Deansgate where local celebrities tend to frequent, I was a little apprehensive as to whether I'd fit in. Walking up to their grand entrance was a little daunting but once inside, I was greeted warmly and luckily my nerves subsided. I was then taken to meet the other women attending the masterclass and the bar tender, Ibrahim, who was teaching us that evening.
Once we'd settled in and had a glass of Prosecco in our hands, we each got to choose which cocktail we'd like to learn to make. I chose a Raspberry Mojito as it's my all time favourite drink and Ibrahim quickly got to work showing us how to make all our different drinks. Ibrahim was absolutely wonderful the whole night and made sure we were never short of drinks or nibbles and kept us entertained throughout.
After he'd talked us through how to make each drink, we all took it in turns to go behind the bar and recreate our concoctions. We all still needed a little (a lot of) help though as it's a lot harder than it looks. I now have a newfound respect for mixologists, that's for sure!
To round off the class we all did some shots, normally I can't stand them but Ibrahim made a special one just for me and it tasted incredible, like a berry smoothie. One of the great things about The Milton Club is that all the staff have a great knowledge of drinks and will tailor each one to your personal tastes.
We chatted for a good hour or so but eventually the other girls all had to take off and I was left with my plus one. The actual venue itself was very sophisticated and I was surprised that all the cocktails were priced at only £10-£12. In the city centre on a Friday night, that's a pretty standard price for a cocktail but here they use good quality ingredients so you actually get your money's worth.
If you're looking for something a little different to do for an occasion then I'd definitely recommend the Cocktail Masterclass. Even though I hadn't met the girls beforehand, we all left as friends and had such a good time. I imagine if you were there for someone's birthday or hen party, it would be such a good laugh and really get you in the mood for the night out ahead.
A massive thank you to The Milton Club & Siobhan for inviting me along to this event. This was a complimentary experience but as always, all opinions are my own.