Paul & Dave’s Mixed Drinks gives hands-on workshops where you learn the basics of making craft cocktails, and the essentials to throwing a great cocktail party.
Core Techniques Workshop
What You Learn
You learn the core techniques you need to mix delicious cocktails at home using easy-to-find, off-the-shelf ingredients. Our classes are similar in spirit to cooking classes by a professional chef at a nice restaurant: you won't be a bartender after taking our class, but your home cocktail game will definitely improve! We also throw in some (not entirely factual) history of cocktails. Our classes are very hands-on and participatory and, most of all, fun.
In the class, you use a full set of bar tools: shaker set, strainers, beaker, bar spoon, etc. You mix along with us as we walk you through a basic spirituous cocktail (like an Old Fashioned) and a citrus cocktail (like a Daiquiri). You learn the purpose of each tool, and how to use it. We emphasise the five building blocks of fine craftsmanship:
Balance of flavours and how to create the “nose” of your cocktail
Proper mixing technique—measure, stir, shake, strain
Ingredients—when you can economise and when you can’t
Presentation—how to garnish
Mise en place, accurate measuring, and presentation.
You go home with much more than a bunch of cocktail recipes: you gain the ability to turn any cocktail recipe into a delicious masterpiece!
Our Core Technique Workshops are ideal for team-building events or fundraisers.
We can come to your office, or set up in a licensed establishment to teach you and your team how to make delicious craft cocktails.
Get the tool set
We have compiled a shopping list with the essential cocktail bar tools to help get you started.
Cocktail Party Workshops
Great cocktails are an important part of a great party. But there is so much more. We believe a great cocktail party comes from attention to the details, we have broken these details down into seven areas (scroll down to see more).
We offer invite-only events Cocktail Party Workshops where you can experience a great cocktail party and learn how to bring all these elements together at your next soireé.
At our Cocktail Party Workshops, you experience first-hand—as a philosophe or salonièrre—a cocktail party made up of the seven elements (these are in no particular order):
Our Cocktail Party Workshops each have a theme. This helps tie all the other elements together. Some themes we have used in the past: New Orleans, Detaxification, Holiday Mixer.
We believe that any cocktail worth drinking has a great story. You will see examples of cocktails that fit the party theme and learn their amazing stories.
In our experience, a great cocktail party harkens back to the salons of Paris. At our workshops, you'll experience a broad spectrum of opinions.
Proper glassware is critical. It's partly attention to detail, and it's partly physics. A cocktail should be cold, not cool or warm. A Martini will stay cold in a proper 6-oz coupe.
Serve hand-held bites. A cocktail party is not a sit-down dinner: remember that the idea is to get lots of diverse conversations happening. And never, ever serve drinks without food. We believe that booze without food is très gauche—for drunks and those who drink vodka sodas.
This element of a cocktail party should really be called ambiance. The music selection is important - and can be a great way to personalize your cocktail party.