Learn how to make classy cocktails from the pros, or keep it simple with sip ‘n’ learn whisky and gin masterclasses. How about a cooking class – capped off with a cocktail? We’ve found some grown-up lessons to suit every taste.
Shake things up
Henry and the Fox’s Gin Experience and Cocktail Class
Like gin or cocktails or both? Then sign up for the Gin Experience and Cocktail Class at Henry and the Fox. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival and a few canapés to keep you focused. Discover the similarities and differences between three special gins, from Australia, Holland and Finland, during the masterclass tasting. Learn how to make three cocktails, then drink them. What’s not to like? Attention, foodies! You’ll also want to sign up for the cheese-making class.
Little Lon’s Gin Masterclass and Tasting Experience
Housed in a rare 19th century CBD cottage, Little Lon Distilling Co is probably Australia’s smallest distillery. So their Gin Masterclass and Tasting Experience is always an intimate, friendly affair – especially after a few sips of the welcome G&T. It includes a tour, tastings, a cocktail and some colourful history about this once notorious neighbourhood. Upscale to the premium masterclass for an additional cocktail and canapés.
Whisky and Alement’s whisky classes
A Melbourne essential for whisky lovers, Whisky and Alement has a bewildering list of drops from around the world. Get wise to what it’s all about and what you like with their weekly whisky classes. From the two-part history lesson to masterclasses dedicated to Australian and Japanese whiskies, they’re an investment in a more discerning drinking outlook.
Eau de Vie’s classy classes
Hidden behind an unmarked laneway door, and with a dimly lit, heritage-inspired interior, Eau de Vie has an air of mystery. This leading cocktail bar isn’t keeping many secrets about what makes a good drink though. There are always boozy classes on their calendar, including Drink Like a Pirate, which reveals history’s favourite drinks on the high seas. They also offer several cocktail masterclasses for groups by appointment.
Cook up a storm!
Thai Cooking Masterclass
Mix up your home cooking menu by learning how to make two of Thailand’s favourite dishes: green papaya salad and pad thai. The head chef at South Wharf restaurant BangPop leads a Thai Cooking Masterclass that ends with you enjoying your creations for lunch. A wine or beer is included, or you could treat yourself to a yummy Asian-themed cocktail, like the Crouching Tiger.
Red Spice Road Cooking Classes
Ever since it opened in 2007, this pan-Asian restaurant has been hot. Red Spice Road Cooking Classes reveal a few secrets about why their hawker-style menu is so loved. The March classes lift the lid on vegan dishes like Burmese Shan tofu and grilled Korean eggplant. These interactive classes begin with a glass of sparkling and end with a four-course lunch – time for a celebratory cocktail perhaps? The extensive list includes lychee caprioska and the Saigon Garden Party martini.
Akachochin, South Wharf’s modern izakaya, serves delicious little Japanese dishes made with extraordinary care and skill. After their Sushi Masterclass, you could be preparing morsels almost as impressive at home! Watch the head chef in action, get step-by-step instructions, get hands-on, then enjoy the fruits of your labour on the waterside terrace. Maybe with one of Akachochin’s cocktails, also made with care and skill, like the Tokyo sour or matcha martini.
Pasta Masterclass at Lello Pasta Bar
Want to take your Italian cooking to the next level? Sign up for a Pasta Masterclass at Lello Pasta Bar. Head chef Leo Gelsomino reveals the techniques and tricks to making perfect pasta and other essentials in his themed, hands-on classes.
Coming up in April is the vegan Italian kitchen, from seasonal vegetable preserves to fresh mushroom dishes. Then in May it’s time to learn how to make a Sardinian feast, including fried cheese and honey pastries. The post-class lunch includes wine, but consider treating yourself to a cocktail to start, like the rummy Godfather.
Please drink responsibly.