This was last minute on my part since I like to plan my days ahead of time but Cathy C and I attended a cocktail bootcamp courtesy of Monkey Shoulder that we signed up for just the day before. Because we put we are interested in events on Facebook and totally forget about them. Oops.
Cathy and I arrived 45 mins early because we were told to (we also thought the start time was earlier but whatever) in case the place fills up fast. I quickly wanted to sit at the bar because that’s primo location for all the action.
Shortly after we settled in Jay Gray, the Southeast Asia brand ambassador for Monkey Shoulder arrived to start setting up. He was on hand to facilitate the bootcamp held at ABV and was a guest bartender for the rest of the night. He even brought his DJ gear for background music during the event.
We were then given our gear so that we could start making our drinks.
Jay and the other bartenders were very helpful in assisting those of us with less experience in making cocktails. Although we were a big group of 20+ people, instructions were very clear and I think that everyone had a good idea of what to do during the allotted time.
Our first drink was the Morning Glory Fizz. Probably the booziest out of the three drinks, I think it was definitely more potent because of the absinthe. The drink needed to be shaken so there we went! Shake until the shakers are so cold you can’t feel your hands anymore.
Next up was a classic called the Rob Roy. I’ve always struggled with stirring drinks smoothly but for some reason I was okay with the Rob Roy, all was good. Probably because I had everything in the 16 oz shaker instead of a mixing glass. I am personally not a fan of stemmed glasses because I think I would just break them but yea, they are quite pretty.
Lastly, we made the Blood & Jam. A variation of the classic Blood & Sand, this was the drink that I was looking forward to the most. According to the Monkey Shoulder hand out, it’s supposed to taste like an Oompa Loompa making dark chocolate raspberries. Hmm. Not sure what that exactly tastes like but the drink itself was delicious! Definitely more on the fruity side.
Cathy and I were both very happy with the outcome of our drinks! We definitely thought that the bootcamp was worth the P1000 we paid! I really enjoy the whole getting to make and drink your own drinks thing. I just wish I paced myself more when enjoying my beverages 😛
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