If you’re someone who enjoys entertaining guests at home, learning how to make cocktails is a great skill to have. Not only does it impress your friends and family, but it can also be a fun and creative way to experiment with different flavours and ingredients. If you’ve taken a VanVino cocktail making class, you’re already well on your way to becoming a skilled mixologist. In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can use the skills you learned in the class to make delicious cocktails at home.
One of the first things VanVino owner Johnny emphasises in the VanVino cocktail making class is the importance of using high-quality ingredients. This means using fresh fruits, herbs, and spices, as well as locally-sourced spirits like St Giles Gin or Black Shuck Vodka. By using locally-produced ingredients, you not only support your local community, but you also get the benefit of fresher, more flavourful ingredients.
When making cocktails at home, you can apply this principle by seeking out local ingredients and incorporating them into your drinks. For example, you could try using locally-grown strawberries from Friday Street Farm in Suffolk to make a strawberry margarita or using local honey from The Norfolk Honey Company to sweeten a whiskey sour.
Another important lesson from the VanVino class is the importance of balance in cocktails. Johnny teaches participants how to create a well-balanced cocktail by combining sweet, sour, and bitter flavours in just the right proportions. To apply this lesson at home, you can experiment with different flavour combinations and adjust the ingredients until you find the perfect balance.
For example, if you’re making a gin and tonic, you might start by adding 25ml of St Giles Gin to a glass of ice. Next, you might add a splash of Fever Tree tonic water, a squeeze of lime juice, and a few sprigs of fresh mint. Taste the cocktail and adjust the ingredients as needed until you achieve the perfect balance of sweetness, sourness, and bitterness.
To apply these tips and tricks at home, you can experiment with different garnishes and presentation techniques to create beautiful and impressive-looking cocktails. The skills you learned in the VanVino cocktail making class can be applied in many different ways when making cocktails at home. By using high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, balancing flavours, and experimenting with presentation techniques, you can create delicious and impressive cocktails that will impress your friends and family.