Goat opened up its secretive Chelsea Prayer Room to a small group of gin enthusiasts. Guests were invited by owner and cocktail maestro Steve Manktelow to ‘The Old Fashioned Cocktail Club’ which on this particularly mellow Wednesday night had everything to do with my favourite drink of choice, Hendricks.
“We took gin and simplified it. In my opinion, we perfected it.” Zeb Cohen on English Gin, Beefeater.
Sharing inside knowledge, tips and tricks behind the fine art of cocktail making, Goat’s talented bar tenders Zeb Cohen and Joe Sorrell were our gin connoisseurs for the evening and kicked off the masterclass with a history lesson on the different varieties of gin on the market today.
What exactly did they teach us before the gin kicked in? Well firstly, gin takes about 3 days to make and effectively is a flavoured vodka. Hendricks Gin, created in 1999 in Scotland is a rose and cucumber blend, infused with light floral aromas and most common gin of choice across bars today. “We took gin and simplified it. In my opinion, we perfected it,” Zeb said of English born gin, Beefeater. Valid point but I still prefer Hendricks.
Two cocktails that stood out were the Gin Espresso Martini and the Ramos Gin Fizz which famously takes 12 minutes to make but when you factor in a room full of tipsy gin drinkers, it could potentially take about 20 minutes & so it did.
Never had a Gin Espresso Martini? Same here and I actually prefer it to the classic Vodka Espresso Martini.
Here’s an interesting little fact for you all, the Classic Ramos Gin Fizz was invented by Henry C. Ramos from New Orleans in the 1880s dictating that this cocktail required 12 minutes of a bar tender’s undivided shaking attention. Back in his day, he had 12 young men shake for a minute each, thankfully these days blenders do the trick and you can have your delicious cocktail in less than 5 minutes.
There’s an elegant pristine behind each room and floor at Goat Chelsea that identifies with any occasion. I had the luxury of dining at Goat before the cocktail masterclass and must admit that it was one of the best meals I’ve had in London.
Here I am with a great gin smile with Socialite and PR Queen, Bethany Russell.
Interested in attending Goat’s next Cocktail Masterclass?
Cocktail class is only £10 which includes tasting, making and drinking throughout the event but book up fast! Classes run from 7pm-8.30pm every other Wednesday. Ideally timed for guests to stop by at GOAT Dine for some top quality chow before or after where you can enjoy.
Look forward to seeing you there!