The last Bank holiday weekend (May) was a busy one for me. I managed to complete one of the Yorkshire three peaks (Whernside) and more importantly attended a cocktail masterclass event.
The event was being held by Kahlúa in Manchester, and was marketed as a cocktail master class and brunch, with the early bird tickets being sold for about £12 each. (I just want to add that this is not a sponsored post in anyway, I just want to share my experience of the masterclass.)
We booked in for the 13.30 p.m. session, which was being held at The Loft, an event space on Quay Street in Manchester. Unusually for us, we turned up at least half an hour early and were slightly surprised that we were the first ones there. We were so early in fact that the door wasn’t even open to enter! However, you know the saying “The early bird catches the worm”? well, this was definitely true for us, as when we were given access we had the whole place to ourselves, undisturbed and free of people. So, what did we do? Snuck in loads of pictures of the place before the others turned up!
So, we were provided with a free tea or coffee on arrival, or we could have headed straight to the bar. We decided on the former, choosing to ease our way in with a coffee, whilst perusing the event space. They really did do the place up nice, and it definitely was a bloggers dream! We all had some form of the colour scheme on as well, which was quite amusing. There were yellow and red flower arrangements, not forgetting a few succulents added into the mix as well, with various types of seating. I was eager to try out the swing chair which was quite comfy, but a bit low to the ground. I wouldn’t advise sitting in it after a few cocktails! There were even a few table footballs to have a go at whilst we waited.
The tables were all set up for the brunch and cocktail making, along long bench style tables, with shining martini glasses waiting to be used.
We were told that the tickets were more or less sold out for this, so the organisers were expecting quite a lot of people attending, and they weren’t wrong! Tonnes of people eventually started arriving creating a real buzz in the air. I couldn’t wait to get started to see what was on offer.
After waiting what felt like hours (maybe it was since we turned up so early haha!) we edged our way to be seated, hoping that there was room for us three to sit together. Luckily we were able to, where we decided to all sit in a line rather than opposite so that we could hear each other talk.
As this was a cocktail master class, the first activity of the event was to make a cocktail, and as the event was being hosted by Kahlúa this was the key ingredient to it. Can you guess what we were tasked with making? That’s right, one of my favourites, espresso martinis! A barman took the mic, and began explaining the history around the lovely cocktail, and instructing us how to make it. The staff then began bringing round cute little cocktail makers filled with espresso, kahlúa and absolute vodka. They also provided us with a bucket of ice and a jar of coffee beans for the finishing touches to the cocktail.
We were then tasked with adding ice to the top of the shaker before placing on the lids for it, which took a while as the bucket was shared between about 8 of us. Then the fun part…giving the cocktail a good old shake. In typical Aimsy fashion, mine began leaking everywhere, which meant I ended up covered and the cocktail was quite flat when I poured it. Apparently, the key to a good espresso martini is getting the cocktail cold enough and shaking it enough to get a good amount of foam or creme on top. I failed miserably at the latter, but the cocktail still tasted good, and with the little foam I did manage my three coffee beans managed to keep afloat on.
With the fun of making the cocktail over, we were left to enjoy and possibly savour whilst the first course in the brunch was served. That’s right a two-course brunch…heaven! The first course was the savoury option, and everyone was provided with the same unless you had a different dietary requirement, where you were presented with a variation of the dish to accommodate. The dish we had was called ‘The Eggcellent Kahlúa Stack’; which was made up of an English muffin topped with smashed avocado, poached eggs and Kahlúa and maple-infused ham. Let me tell you, this dish was delicious. It had just the right amount of avocado and the eggs were poached just right. The Kahlúa and maple-infused ham tasted nice, however, I couldn’t taste any of the Kahlúa in it. Never the less my plate was taken away empty!
We were given time to chat and finish our own made espresso martinis when the next course came out. This was the one we were waiting for…Kahlúa Rainbow Pancakes! We were given a stack of three pancakes, two of which were normal pancake colour and the middle one being a pink/red colour; not exactly rainbow coloured but nice anyway. These were topped with a warm Kahlúa chocolate sauce and chocolate coated coffee beans with the option of adding a few extra toppings to this, which were provided on the table in little jars. Again we had to share these out with about 8 of us with the toppings being; blueberries, strawberries, chocolate buttons and marshmallows. This was divine! I was greedy and put all toppings on (made sure others had their fair share too though!) and could have definitely eaten it several times over!
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