Thanks to our Sipping at home cocktail classes, host a digital celebration - while enjoying gin education - has never been so easy. Put on your fancy knits and get ready to party ...
Christmas may look a little different this year, but it's always possible to get together with colleagues to celebrate one of our favorite holiday traditions. We take a look at how - with innovative thinking - you can throw an unforgettable virtual Christmas party.
TAKE THE OFFICE ONLINE
This year, many of us, including the Sipsmith Swans, have embraced the online office life - offering everything from presentations to presentations to the wonders of the internet. But all work and no play is absolutely no way to mark the holiday season.
That's why we have designed a series of virtual cocktail masterclasses that are guaranteed to deliver lots of gin and good humor.
THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PARTY
By transferring our cocktail mastery and mixology skills to the kitchens and lounges of your colleagues, we have developed a range of immersive courses, including:
Get into the Christmas spirit as you and your team stir and shake two delicious gin cocktails of your choice. Choose from a selection of eight festive cocktails such as the celebration French 75 or one Sloe Gin Negroni which is designed for sipping by the fire.
The art of shaking
Equipped with an array of ingredients, guests can embrace their inner mixologists - and decide which of their colleagues is the most accomplished bartender - with a guided cocktail-making session featuring our award-winning. London Dry Gin.
Chilli & Lime Masterclass
Add a touch of sunshine to your seasonal celebrations with this awesome session with our limited edition Gin Chilli & Lime. This class sees participants prepare a Mint Mojito and a Margarita.
Visit of the distillery
Get up close to our beloved copper stills without leaving home, inviting customers to take a virtual tour of the Sipsmith Distillery. Ending with a guided tasting of four of our most popular gins, it offers an unrivaled opportunity to ask questions of our hosts and expand your knowledge of gin.
All of our Virtual Cocktail Masterclasses feature a Christmas twist and can be arranged exclusively for you and your guests, which means hosting an online office party couldn't be easier.
Everything needed to participate - from gin to toppings - is delivered to your colleagues in advance. Don't forget to tag us in your Christmas cocktail creations on social networks @sipsmith.
What are you waiting for? Go online to start planning your party. Send digital invitations, organize a secret Santa Claus remotely and book your Sip at Home session today by send an email to Saskia and Louisa. Looking for our Sip At Home party experience series? Learn more and book here.
A little time put into preparation makes for an enjoyable evening. Drinking cocktails should be a fun and relaxing experience, so take a while to think about ingredients in advance, to avoid any rushing around last minute.
One of the foundations of many cocktails is sugar syrup. This can be prepared in advance. Here’s my tip for easy to prepare simple syrup : Add 200 gm white sugar to 200 ml boiling water. Stir till sugar is dissolved, and liquid is clear. Allow to cool then bottle
If you mix lemon juice 50 : 50 with simple syrup, you should have a solid mid-line sweet-sour balance. But remember, every palate is different. to find your own point of balance, mix 15ml fresh lemon juice with 15ml simple syrup, and then dilute the mix with up to 90ml water. Congratulations, you’ve just made fresh lemonade ! If this tastes too sweet or too sour, adjust by adding a little more citrus or syrup. Using this method of calibration, you can adjust any cocktail recipe to suit your own palate.
Ice is the single most over-looked ingredient at any home bar - you’ll be surprised how much you can go through. Cocktails need ice like baking needs ovens. If popping to the boutiques for ice isn’t an option right now, keeping a freezer bag topped up with ice will ensure you don’t run out unexpectedly. For best quality home-made ice, try using a silicone ice tray with a lid, to prevent your ice from absorbing unpleasant odours. And wash your ice tray after each use.
Where possible always go for premium spirits, the freshest herbs, and the best juices you can get your hands on. For instance, the taste difference between cheap juice and pressed juice is more than worth the small extra expense.
Try to use glassware appropriate to your drinks. It’s entirely possible to drink a martini from an old coffee mug, but that misses the point of drinking a martini !
If you can make a Whiskey Sour, you can make a Daiquiri. If you make a mean Negroni, you can riff on a Boulevardier. Once you’ve mastered the Manhattan, have some fun in Brooklyn on your way to Martinez. Cocktails exist in family trees. Once you are comfortable the basics of each category the world is your oyster !
You can pre-mix punches in advance - an old trick from the godfathers of bartending in the 19th century. You can bottle punch and store it in the fridge, ready to use on the day, or later that week. If done properly, quality and consistency are assured. If your punch has a fizzy ingredient, such as prosecco, only add this your glass just before serving.
If you follow the Punch Ratio, you can’t go far wrong : 1 part sour ( citrus ) 2 parts sweet ( simple syrup ) 3 parts strong ( spirit ) 4 parts weak ( juices etc ) And don’t shy away from warm spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and mace, to make that punch really sing. Don’t have those spices to hand ? No problem, a few dashes of Angostura bitters will do the trick.
We all have a few unloved ingredients lying around that need using up. For instance, that last bit of red wine in the bottle ? Try drizzling it over your Whisky Sour, and voila, you’ve got yourself a delicious New York Sour ! Do you have some nice but neglected spice mix in the kitchen ? Try mixing a teaspoon or two into your simple syrup as it cools to give your next cocktail an added dimension. Seasonal fresh herbs make a wonderful aromatic petit cocktail garnish.
So now, you’ve hit your stride and you’re getting creative in your home bar. Great ! Our top tip for cocktail creation ? Write down the exact specifications as you are making it. It’s not always easy to perfectly recall the recipe for that killer petit cocktail the next day !
If all this sounds like a bit of a chore, then keep an eye open for delivery services available from many local cocktail parcs. After all, with the finer things in life, it’s nice to sit back, relax and let the professionals do all the work.