This interactive masterclass will allow both complete beginners and experienced barflies to replicate advanced techniques used in the preparation of world-class cocktails from the comforts of home, using readily available and easy-to-use items.
Participants will learn how to infuse gin with exciting new flavours using the culinary principle of sous-vide; they will also be guided through an engaging history of gin’s meteoric rise, while learning how to properly assess, taste and differentiate its varied flavour-profiles. The class will conclude by using the sous-vide infused spirit to create a refined and delicious twist on the classic Albermarle Fizz, and will learn pro-tips on dilution, measuring ratios and ice preparation – essential factors that make or break drinks! Although participation is highly encouraged it is not mandatory, as the skills and techniques taught can be applied to all manner of spirits and cocktails, and will be sure to elevate your fundamental understanding of how to make drinks taste great.
Please note that if you are based in the UK this class is strictly 18+. If you are based outside of the UK, you must be over the minimum age of your country's drinking age. You may be asked to present ID before the class.
Ben Watts has worked in London's bustling cocktail scene for several years, both as bartender and management. He is currently behind the bar at The Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone, where the team has developed inventive cocktail menus using methods and techniques at the forefront of modern bartending. Ben has worked also in collaboration with the likes of Matt Whiley, Rich Woods and Tony Conigliaro.
He holds a Level 2 Distinction in WSET Spirits (100%) and Wines (94%), as well as a BA (1:1) in English Literature and Linguistics from Queen Mary, University of London.
"I have a passion for creating drinks that focus on flavour, and providing an empathetic and emotionally intelligent form of hospitality. Cheers!"