2017 is creeping up ever so quickly and to get you excited about next year, Cottons Restaurant in Notting Hill are launching a series of monthly free rum masterclasses kicking off in January.
To celebrate their new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® award for the bar with the most varieties of rum commercially available (372 different rums on offer) the rum masterclasses will see Cottons team up with some of their favourite rum brands to offer bar industry folk, rum fans and rum novices alike, a free 1.5 hour class where guests will get to smell, taste and learn about individual rums, as well learn how to mix (and drink) the ideal rum cocktail.
Usually my first question is “how much does this cost?” well my friends I can tell you the classes cost nothing! That’s right they are free and only require your time.
Classes already confirmed include a January focus on Angostura (famous for their iconic bitters but becoming increasingly known for their award winning Trinidadian rums)
February focuses on Dominican Republic’s Brugal rum which is gaining popularity in the UK, with Havana Club hosting the sessions in July.
Each class will include an arrival drink, a rum tasting and history of the selected rum, a chance to learn how to make the perfect cocktail with the focus rum (and drink it) as well as a goody bag to take home.
For those in the industry and rum fans, Cottons will host two master-classes of the monthly host rum on the last Wednesday of each month offering a daytime class for bar staff and industry folk at 2pm and a more light-hearted version of the class for rum fans at 6pm.
For those looking to make a night of it, after the class guests are encouraged to stay for dinner and sample the master-class rum cleverly incorporated into food by Cotton’s creative chefs in a one-night-only menu alongside the cocktail of the month, which will be created by Cottons’ rum expert Barry Lamine. Dishes on the one-night-only rum menu will be priced individually.
Here is the schedule so far for the 2017 Monthly Rum Masterclass:
Wednesday 25th Jan Angostura, Pusser’s & Botran rums (2pm & 6pm)
Wednesday 22nd Feb Brugal rum (2pm & 6pm)
Wednesday 29th March Stroh rum (2pm & 6pm)
Wednesday 26th April Matusalem rum (2pm & 6pm)
Wednesday 31st May La Hechicera rum (2pm & 6pm)
Wednesday 28th June Westerhall rum (2pm & 6pm)
Wednesday 26th July Havana Club rum (2pm & 6pm)
If you want to be part of one of these get your tickets ASAP as they will go quick. You can sign up through the cottons website at http://cottons-restaurant.co.uk/masterclass
We’re planning on heading down to as many as possible so look forward to meeting you at the January event – if you manage to get tickets.