PUBLIC COCKTAIL CLASSES
Even though lockdown is over, mingling at events in busy bars is still far away, as we are warned to be cautious. We are offering the closest possible “outing” with our online cocktail masterclasses.
Every Friday, join us from our kitchen to yours and learn to make 4 different cocktails – the event is public and hosts up to 100 people, so as well as your friends from their homes, you get to mingle with others. Tickets are £8 per households, and we don’t mind how many of you are behind every screen. Of course, every class has a different theme.
You will either need to source the ingredients and equipment or you can add on one of our GOAT Boxes when you purchase a ticket.
March 12th – Drinking Gin in the 40’s – Gin Martini, Queens Cocktail, Cobbler, Silver Bronx ingredients
March 26th – Tequila and Mezcal – Margarita, Tequila Pineapple Sour, Paloma, Espresso Margarita ingredients
April 2nd – Chocolate Cocktails Easter Special – 20th Century Cocktail, Chocolate Martini, Fancy Improved Brandy Cocktail, Barbary Milk Punch ingredients
PRIVATE COCKTAIL CLASSES
Lockdown Birthday? Friend in need of cheering up? Done enough quizzes with your friends to last a lifetime? Or maybe you want to catch up with your family strewn across the country or indeed the world? Organise a private Virtual Cocktail Class and add something special to your evening.
We will tailor the evening to you with your chosen theme and try our best to accommodate nay specific requests. Over 1.5 hours, our knowledgeable bartender will take you through the history, the anecdotes and the making of 4 cocktails, and the next day you will be sent the recipes to cement that knowledge. We offer non-alcoholic options as much as possible for every theme.
Prices: £100 up to 4 screens. 5th screen + for £8 per screen.
You will either need to source the ingredients and equipment or you can order on one of our GOAT Boxes to be sent to you when you book your class. If you purchase a Box with the ingredients, there are Bespoke Themes available.
TEAM BUILDING CLASSES
Cocktail Class experience with a professional bartender for 1.5 hours – £100 for up to 10 people; any further participants can be added for £8 per person. Non-alcoholic options are available for most themes that we offer.
Either pick a theme and once we send the list of equipment and ingredients the participants can source the items themselves, or add on one of our GOAT Boxes to be sent to them directly. If you purchase a Box with the ingredients, there are Bespoke Themes available as we can send rare spirits and concoctions!
COCKTAIL 365 BLOG
New Year’s resolutions can be boring, and tough to stick to, I’ve failed on many a resolution, even 2014’s ‘drink more bourbon’. I decided that 2018 would be different.
I love cocktails, ever since my first job as a barback in a busy Auckland bar in 1992 I’ve always been in awe of them, I suspect that like all people my age working in hospitality it has something to do with that wonderful Tom Cruise film Cocktail.
I moved to London in 1997, and was lucky enough to work at Pharmacy in Notting Hill with Dick Bradsell, the person I would credit with re-inventing cocktails in London, if not the world in the late 90’s. On starting here everything was like nothing I’d seen before, beautiful glassware, brightly coloured drinks, exotic names, amazing bar staff, lots of fresh fruit and puree’s, it was like stepping into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
I remember at an early cocktail training session with Dick asking what would be a good cocktail book to buy, he suggested David Embury’s ‘the Fine Art of Mixing Drinks’, which had been out of print for decades. I picked up my copy after a hunt, and loved how relevant, witty and opinionated it was.
We started running cocktail classes at Goat in 2013, and I soon remembered the words of David Embury on tequila halfway through a class, ‘at a pinch it might be used in a cocktail’ and ‘in general however, the only liquor I have ever tasted that I regard as worse than tequila is slivovitz’.
I started opening the books again.
What I quickly realised is that there were a lot of ‘classics’, and accompanying drinks in these books I had never tasted or had forgotten how, or never actually made. There was decades of knowledge of flavour combinations and techniques I was behind on.
And so came my idea of a new year’s resolution, in 2018 I will try a different ‘classic’ cocktail from these old books, every day for a year.
The Bon Vivants Companion or How to Mix Drinks – Jerry Thomas 1928 edition
Old Waldorf Bar Days – Albert Stevens Crockett 1931
The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks – David Embury 1953 British edition