Classy cocktail fun with Mixology Events

I recently had the task of organising my best friends hen party and decided to go down the ‘classy but fun’ route. One of my activities was a cocktail making class, but not any cocktail class! The class was by Mixology Events – cocktail lessons for parties, with a  classy twist. It was held in the Bloomsbury Hotel and 8 girls joined for some fun lessons and a tipple or five! We had a great mixologist teach us how to make cocktails from different eras; an espresso martini, a basil gin fizz and a blood orange margarita!

Here is a recipe from the class to whet your appetite, and see more at their website here.



Cocktail Description:

This cocktail is a refreshing twist on a very popular old drink known simply as a Gin Fizz, with recipes for a “Fizz” dating back to 1887 in Jerry Thomas’s Bartenders guide. This cocktail grew in popularity in the 1930’s-1940’s with Gin being the most common spirit used. There are many variations of this cocktail, two of the more famous are the “Tom Collins” – but this cocktail specifically requests that Old Tom Gin is used – and the “Ramos Gin Fizz” which has not only cream, but egg white as well. Our favourite twist uses Gin, lemon, Honey water, basil and soda water.


  • 4-5 Basil leaves
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1⁄2 measure of Honey Water 2 measures of Gin
  • 2 shots of Soda Water

Cocktail Recipe:

In the Julep tin drop in 1 wedge of lemon, the 5 Basil leaves and the Honey Water and muddle together

Add in two shots of Gin

Fill the cup with crushed ice and churn together using a bar spoon for about 8 seconds, this will not only mix the cocktail up, but will also chill down the drink and dilute it down to the desired level

Add more crushed ice on top to make a heap and hold your hand over the top for a second to seal the drink in (this is known as capping the drink)

Top with soda water and garnish with a bit of mint that has been slapped to release the aromas and a couple of straws.

Fold a napkin triangle, then wet the two opposite corners and wrap it around the outside of the drink so the wet corner sticks to the Julep tin.

All pictures from the Mixology Events website.

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