Cocktail masterclasses are your gateway to perfecting the art of mixing drinks.
Now that we’re all patrons and tenders of our own home bars, crafting cocktails has become an essential life skill. It’s easy to put a gin and tonic or a highball together, but anything beyond that level requires some expert-guided know-how.
During the COVID-19 period, a handful of local bars have gone one notch up from offering cocktail deliveries and gone into educating consumers on the proper way to mix drinks at home. These cocktail masterclasses are usually held online and involve keen patrons using their own ingredients and spirits to join along, or purchasing one of the DIY kits these bars usually put together to participate.
Most of these masterclasses begin with a recipe you will learn, and incorporate tips and tricks from the bartender leading it. Said tips will translate to the other cocktails in your roster, making you a better whiz at mixing your own drinks overall.
We round up some of the best cocktail masterclasses in Singapore to sign up for.
One of Singapore’s award-winning bars brings its expertise to you with its cocktail masterclasses. Though The Old Man is known for its experimental wizardry, you don’t need a rotovap to take part in its how-to sessions. Expect to be taught simple, approachable skills during its cocktail classes, which run for 45 minutes each, and gives you three recipes you can make at home. Tickets are priced at S$495, which seems steep until you realise you’ll be getting a complete set of bar tools from Birdy, a bottle of Michter’s bourbon, bitters, glassware and some brand memorabilia to go with.
The 1887 Virtual Bar initiative, spearheaded by William Grant & Sons, is not technically a masterclass, but the online session does feature local bartenders going live to mix up cocktails in the form of a digital takeover. What you get out of participating is the chance to watch these maestros do what they do best and pick up techniques as you go along — not to mention, you also get to purchase cocktail tickets to claim once normalcy resumes, with profits that will back your bar of choice to keep them afloat. Gather your friends, it’ll be a good time.
Atlas continues its dedicated gin club, the Juniper Society, online every month. Beyond just tasting a curated flight of gins with fellow lovers of the spirit, members of the Juniper Society will also watch and learn as these gins are adapted into cocktails on occasion. Membership is S$250 for life, and with that also comes discounted prices for the tasting sets you’ll need if you’d like to deep dive into the masterclass every month.
Café by day, bar by night, this Amoy Street veteran bar has gone all out to help us cope with COVID-19 via quality booze any way you want it. This includes a calendar of masterclasses designed to help you perfect cocktails at home under the guidance of George Abishek, the owner. Whether it is a margarita, an Old Fashioned, or a daiquiri, the bar has a kit that contains all the goods you need to perfect a selection of classic drinks, complete with a 30-minute masterclass on Zoom to really help you master the recipes (and work your way through the 15 potential cocktails the kit can make).
Employees Only holds cocktail masterclasses on request, but for this year’s Singapore Cocktail Festival, the bar will be holding a tequila-focused masterclass where you’ll learn how to taste the difference between tequilas and make margaritas at home. The masterclass is scheduled for 27 May 2020, though if you can’t make it for that round, you can contact the bar to see if they’ll be willing to carry out private. masterclasses over Zoom for you and your friends. Reach out at email@example.com.