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Revolution Birmingham Cocktail Masterclass

If you follow me on Instagram you will probably be aware that I’m partial to a cocktail or two.  My favourite is a Godfather followed by an Espresso Martini, I’m not a fan of iced slushy cocktails – brain freeze no thank you, creamy cocktails do nothing for me and I wouldn’t thank you for a cosmo as it’s just not my thing.  Cocktails containing Whisky, Gin or Rum I can handle, I like the hard liquor you see.

cocktail making

I love a masterclass as it’s always good to learn new skills so you can probably imagine that I jumped at the chance to participate in a Cocktail Masterclass with some fellow bloggers.  The last time I was behind a bar was in 2006 however it was mainly pints of ale I was pulling rather than mixing cocktails but that’s a story for another day.

The Revolution Cocktail Masterclass is an expertly guided tour through the world of cocktails. You learn a series of tips and tricks like muddling and mixing that you can easily try at home with the right equipment, does anyone know where I can buy an ice machine?.

Revolution Birmingham Cocktail Masterclass

There are a bunch of packages available for all price ranges, it’s probably worth pointing out that there is a fair bit of alcohol on offer so if you’re going for the basic package you might want to eat beforehand.  Most of us arrived at the masterclass after work and hadn’t eaten so we were surprised that we didn’t get offered any bar nibbles or snacks to have along side our cocktails which meant that we had to abandon most of them after the masterclass so we could go and grab some food.

Revolution Birmingham Cocktail Menu

The cocktail menu was a decent size and there is something for all tastes, if you can’t drink alcohol for whatever reason there are 4 delicious sounding mocktails to choose from.  When the masterclass started we were asked if any of us were not drinking alcohol or if we had any allergies which of course I do as I’m awkward like that.  I must admit that after I had explained my allergy to Strawberries I didn’t expect that one of the drinks would be strawberry based, I thought we could have tried a different one but I guess that’s what happens when you don’t inform in advance so do bear that in mind.

One thing that did surprise me was that we were not given a choice of what cocktails we could make, there were 3 couples at the masterclass so it would have been nice to have been given a choice as none of the cocktails on offer were to my taste however I did enjoy making them. I sound so hard to please don’t I!

So what did we make?

BUBBLEGUM DAIQUIRI

Before we started we were handed a Bubblegum Daiquiri which contained Bubblegum Revolution Handcrafted Flavour, bubblegum syrup, lemon and apple juice. Make sure you take the sweets out first and eat them or they melt into the drink quite quickly.  This is cold (Brain Freeze) and very sweet, to be honest it doesn’t taste alcoholic which is how we usually end up in a pile by 9pm because we don’t realise we’re getting drunk.

Pushing up dasies

The Pushing up daisies was a fun cocktail to make and it was actually quite tasty, it contains Cîroc Apple vodka, elderflower cordial, cranberry, apple and lime juice. Served with candy floss.  This is a showstopping kind of drink, if you love showing off then this is the drink for you!  I won’t give the secret away but the preparation is a bit like a magic trick.

cosmopolitan

The cosmopolitan contained SKYY Citrus vodka with Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime, garnished with an orange flame. Very fun to watch but not something to try at home when you’re tipsy.

mojito

The classic mojito contained Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, fresh mint leaves, sugar and lime juice, topped with soda water.

Two of the bloggers got to make the same base cocktail with a flavoured vodka shot to show how different a drink can taste when just one element is changed.

The Strawberry Woo Woo was one that I couldn’t try, it contained Ketel One and Absolut Raspberri vodkas, Teichenné Peach schnapps, strawberries and cranberry juice.

The Ciroc the Casbah was the final cocktail to make which contained Cîroc Pineapple vodka, banana liqueur, Coco Reàl, half and half, all topped with pineapple juice.  This cocktail was made in teams (I was on the winning team) and the losers had to take a vodka shot.

Vodka Train

We finished off with a Vodka Train with Cherry and Peach vodka which I had the pleasure of pushing, quite a lot of pressure is on you to do this right – thankfully it all went to plan.

cocktail masterclass

The little glitches aside like the lack of nibbles, lack of choice and cocktail that I’m allergic too, it was a really fun night and I’ve not laughed as much in a long time.

Cocktail masterclass certificate

After the masterclass we were all presented with a certificate and a cute little cocktail shaker which was a nice touch and I’d imagine this would go down really well with a hen party.  If you’re looking for a fun night out with friends, a birthday treat that’s a bit different or want an alcohol fulled work night out, the Revolution Cocktail Masterclass will be perfect for you.

Huge thanks to Clare from Where Mama Went for allowing me to feature her in this post

*I was invited to this masterclass as a guest in return for an honest review of the evening


Revolution Newcastle

I’m a terrible sucker for advertising, I get drawn in all of the time, especially when I’m offered a bargain.  A text from Revolution informing me that Mega Monday’s at Revolution bar offered 50% off food all day was just the ammunition I needed to grab Mr Gourmand and our friend Peter and head down for lunch.

I had only previously eaten at Revolution once with my friend Juliet, the food was decent but it was the cocktails that really sold the place to me.

After browsing the menu and being torn between a couple of dishes, I decided to go for the Peppered steak and cheese Denver fries.  (£8.25) ( approx £4.12 with discount)   When the dish arrived I have to admit I was slightly disappointed as it looked very dry, I had expected a rich pepper sauce that coated the fries and steak, maybe they forgot to include the sauce? either way it prompted me to do something I very rarely do and I’m actually ashamed to say I did it!  I added ketchup!

The steak wasn’t good, it tasted a little like liver, needless to say I ate the fries and left the rest!

I’m very glad that I had the sense to order a side of onion rings (£1.95)  The onion rings were actually rather nice, the batter was crispy and the onions inside were cooked well.

Peter chose the guacamole and bacon burger  (£8.95) (approx £4.47 after discount) which came with a side of fries and coleslaw.  Peter had no complaints about the dish and polished it off in record time!

Mr Gourmand picked the Chicken Katsu (£8.95) (approx £4.47 after discount), it was a choice prompted by food envy after glancing at the table next to us!  The salad was dressed well and was a delicious accompaniment to the dish,  Mr Gourmand did have one criticism though, there was not enough sauce to go with the dish.

The three meals, pint of san miguel, pint of lemonade and a lime and soda came to £20.47  which I thought was really good value for money even though I wasn’t too impressed with my meal.