Hello my beauties!
I have had an amazing opportunity to experience my first ever blogger event! How exciting! So I thought I would share it all with you..
Last night (Thursday 22nd June 2017) I was able to attend a cocktail master class at ‘The Botanist’ in Sheffield, with Debra Bow as her plus one (check her out here!). The event started at 6pm and finished around 8.45pm and when we arrived at the restaurant it seemed we had the whole back part of the restaurant to us bloggers! We were also welcomed with a cocktail. This was a great reason to mingle with other bloggers who were invited, of which I had never met any before. We all exchanged Instagram and Twitter handles, which was a nice way for us to talk about the evening via social media.
The style of the drinks menu has a floral, yet very vintage approach to them. They looked elegant in a way too. The Botanist offer a wide selection of drinks from flutes, to watering cans, to martinis, which are all carefully made and beautifully presented. Each drink is also priced in pennies as opposed to pounds, which is a quirky touch to the menu. It completely matches the interior for the restaurant too, which was stunning.
Cinnamon and Oregano Old Fashioned
The evening started off with Ellie (who organised this event) talking about the first cocktail which was going to be made. This was called a ‘Cinnamon and Oregano Old Fashioned’ which two bloggers were able to step forward and help make the cocktail. This cocktail was extremely cool to make, it was also smoked which was the best part! It was done with using a smoking gun, where wood chips were placed on top, which were then burnt using a lighter. The smoke would travel down a pipe into a tube which held the bourbon and the smoked flavour would be infused with the whisky. When I tried it, it had a completely different taste to what I imagined! It was very sweet and not as dry as a normal whisky would seem. I don’t usually like whisky, but this was nice. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to take a photo of this particular cocktail as everyone was passing it around and trying it! But I did manage to get a photo of Charlotte, a food and fitness blogger making the cocktail with our bartender, Will. This was my third favourite cocktail of the night.
“Bourbon stirred with cinnamon syrup and
oregano. Oh so smooth and oak-smoked
at the bar. If you’d prefer a sweeter
variation, just ask!”
Poppy and Pomegranate Martini
This next drink we were given to try was a ‘Poppy and Pomegranate Martini’. The presentation of this was beautiful, a pink and fluffy like cocktail with a small poppy floating in the middle! The taste of this for me was not something I would drink often, it was very floral and sweet (it reminded me of a cough medicine!) and had a fragrance to it. It did take a while to drink. It did however seem popular for all the other bloggers! This was my least favourite of the night.
“A delicate blend of poppy seed liqueur
and sweet pomegranate. Blended with
raspberry vodka, raspberry liqueur,
lemon, egg white and a hint of basil.”
Raspberry and Disaronno Sour
The third cocktail was called ‘Raspberry and Disaronno Sour’ which definitely had the best presentation of the night! Like, come on it was served in a plant pot! It was served over ice with a small amount of herbs and a small test-tube-like glass which was buried into the ice. This test-tube glass wasn’t an ordinary glass, it was smoking too! The reason behind this were that there was dry ice inside, which gave the smoking effect and looked awesome as well! The taste of this cocktail could be deadly.. not because it tastes awful, the complete opposite, it tastes so so sweet (like a fruit juice) you could just drink and drink and drink these… Well I could anyways! You could taste a hint of Disaronno which had that almond flavour to it, but the raspberry was such a beautiful taste and smell, you forget the alcohol was even in there! This cocktail got my 5 stars for the evening.
“A long-standing favourite. Raspberry
purée, lemon juice, pomegranate juice,
Disaronno and raspberry liqueur.”
Velvet Green Martini
Our final drink of the evening was a ‘Velvet Green Martini’. This was such a great cocktail to watch being made. Most of this cocktail contained greens, like vegetables and plants which is generally healthy for you (not with alcohol mind!). The cocktail started off as a light green colour once being mixed and blended, which then had a substance called Chlorophyll added into the cocktail with a long pipette. The chlorophyll is a liquid that makes vegetables and plants green, which was used in this drink to give it the dark green colour at the end! It was pretty cool to see the cocktail changing colour. It was then decorated with what looks like mint leaves. This was my second favourite cocktail of the night.
“Nature’s nurturing cocktail, boosted
with a botanical elixir found in plants.
Cloudy apple juice, green apple liqueur,
kiwi, egg white and lemon juice. All
shaken with Tanqueray gin.”
The Botanist also provided Canapés for us to eat during the master class which was delicious. We had hot chorizo, warm bread, olives and lots of other nibbles!
The event was so fantastic and I look forward to being invited to more in the future! I feel really privileged to be asked as a plus one and i’m so happy I got to experience what I did, making some new blogging friends and also to drink free cocktails all night! Thanks to The Botanist, Sheffield. Not to mention Ellie, our amazing host!
You can see their full food and drinks menu here.
Here are some more photos from the event…
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my first ever blogging event experience!… Don’t be jealous of the divine cocktails I was able to drink! Let me know what experiences you’ve had with The Botanist, and your views on it! There are many restaurants across the UK, so I am sure there will be one near you somewhere!
Love Jess xx