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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Cocktails at Dirty Martini

Source: Dirty Martini
The 2016 Christmas Cocktail Collection has officially launched at Dirty Martini, so what better way to familiarise myself with these beauties than by attending a cocktail making masterclass?! I  had the pleasure of attending this event at the recently opened Dirty Martini in Cardiff, along with other bloggers from the South Wales area, and it was so much fun!

On arrival I was welcomed with a lovely Christmas Bellini, which was full of festive fizz. Next, our private bartender expertly demonstrated how to make the perfect cocktail, and then it was our turn to get behind the bar and have a go ourselves. I've never worked behind a bar before, so this was a novelty. We measured, we poured, we chilled our glasses with crushed ice, we learnt about the different spirits, we shook our shakers, and we even spray painted a cherry with edible gold paint. There is certainly a science and an art to concocting the perfect cocktail!

My finished creation was the Christmas Cheer, which consists of Bols Genever, Tanqueray Gin, and Cherry Heering liqueur, shaken with raspberry syrup, Luxardo Maraschino, pomegranate juice and a dash of orange bitters. Needless to say, this was very strong!  I sadly wasn't able to stay for the second half of the masterclass, but I've been reliably informed that it involved creating the Mince Chai, which looked very festive indeed!

During the Christmas Cocktail Masterclass, we tried the delicious sharing platters, which each serve 2-3 people. My favourite was the Distinctively Dirty platter, which has the signature Dirty Martini beef and cheese sliders, fried buttermilk chicken with buffalo hot sauce, grilled chicken korma skewers with coriander and spices, Korean vegetable samosas, grilled flatbreads with mint yogurts, and spinach and Italian cheese dips.

I loved the luxurious interior, with bespoke murals and mood lighting. This is the first Dirty Martini cocktail bar outside London, and no expense has been spared with creating the perfect atmosphere for a fun night out.

The Christmas Cocktail Masterclass costs £30 per person, and here's what you can expect if you're thinking of making a booking at Dirty Martini, Cardiff:

- Christmas Bellini on arrival
- Make 2 of their fabulous cocktails
- Enjoy some their delicious Christmas food platter (one platter per 3 people)
- Your own private bartender for the duration of the class

For more information or to plan your party, please contact 0207 632 2080 or email bookings@dirtymartini.uk.com

Link: dirtymartini.uk.com/

Cheers!🍸 Angharad  x



  1. I love Dirty Martini! I've had many a fun martini fuelled night at their bars - I'm so pleased they've made their way to Cardiff now...hopefully they'll open one up in Manchester at some point xx

    1. Glad to hear it, Maggie! Fingers crossed they will :) xx

  2. Nice to meet you at the event - had fun making those cocktails!
    Very informative post, great stuff! :D

    1. Thank you, Jamie! I agree, it was fun getting behind the bar :)


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