Why Host a Mixology Event?
Whether you’re looking for an ice breaker or something to get your team together, a mixology event is perfect for a night of fun. Guests can learn how to make different drinks from an expert mixologist, while also enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails throughout the evening.
Often, these events are made up of a demo of the cocktail and then a hands-on portion where some or all of the guests can try to make that same drink themselves.
Guests learn about the history of cocktails
Whether you’re a cocktail buff or just interested in learning more about the history of cocktails, a mixology event is an excellent way to learn about the art of creating delicious drinks. These experiences typically include a brief cocktail reception, a bartender presentation and a hands-on portion where guests can mix their own cocktails.
Many mixology experiences also feature a mocktail workshop, where guests can make their own non-alcoholic versions of popular drinks like wine and beer. This is a great way to break the ice before meetings and give everyone a chance to have fun while enjoying a drink together!
The history of cocktails is a long and interesting one. They have been around for thousands of years and have been used in many different cultures. From the Minoan Cretans blending beer, mead and wine to the saloons of the Wild West, there is no shortage of mixed drinks in the world.
A ‘cocktail’ is a mixture of spirit, sugar, water and bitters. Originally the term referred to plain ginger or pepper, but it later began to be replaced with bitters as bartenders and in-keepers experimented with more creative combinations.
Although it is unclear when the term ‘cocktail’ first appeared in print, it is believed that it was used for the first time in 1806 by a New York bartender. It was described as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.”
While cocktails have a long history, they only became popular in the United States in the early 1900s. This was the era of the Temperance Movement, which saw the alcohol industry take a hit and led to prohibition in 1919. Prohibition lasted 13 years and caused a huge drop in popularity of alcoholic drinks. This caused bootleggers to begin distilling their own alcoholic beverages and smuggling them back into the US.
After the Prohibition era, cocktail parties grew in popularity and were a great way for people to socialize. This was especially true during the Golden Age of Hollywood, when stars sipped and smoked their favorite cocktails while on set.
Guests learn about the ingredients
There are a number of different ingredients used in cocktails, which is why it is important to understand what they are and how they can be used. These include alcohol, simple syrup, ice and other ingredients that help to enhance the overall flavour of the drink.
For example, simple sugar syrup is a staple ingredient that is used in many popular drinks such as Mojitos. It helps to balance out the drink and adds structure and mouthfeel. Adding ice to the mix also helps to chill the drink and provide a certain level of dilution.
You can find plenty of online classes that teach you how to make delicious cocktails and other drink recipes. These are often called virtual cocktail parties or online happy hours and can be a fun way to spend time with your friends or coworkers from anywhere in the world.
This is a great team building activity for people who work from home or have busy schedules that don’t allow them to attend regular cocktail events in their city. These parties can be held in a variety of ways, including via video chat or live streaming.
When hosting this type of event, it is important to make sure that all of your guests have a stable internet connection. This will ensure that they are able to attend the event and participate in all of the activities.
Once the attendees have a reliable internet connection, they can begin to watch a live demo from a bartender or a professional mixologist. The bartender will walk them through how to make a specific cocktail and show them some of the tools they need to use to prepare it. This will give the participants a chance to practice their skills before they can actually go out and make the drink on their own.
The bartender will then have the opportunity to answer any questions that the guests have and help them learn more about the cocktail. Once the class is complete, everyone can sit back and enjoy a delicious cocktail together.
This is a great team building activity for groups of friends or coworkers who want to learn how to make a cocktail from their home. The bartender will show the attendees how to make a classic cocktail such as an Old Fashioned before showing them some of the tools they need to use when making their own at-home cocktail. The bartender will then ask the attendees to try the drink out and get some feedback. This will help the bartender to create the best cocktail for their audience!
Guests learn about the techniques
A mixology event is an opportunity for guests to learn about the different techniques used in cocktails. These techniques help to create a drink with unique flavors and textures that can’t be achieved by using only one ingredient.
A muddler is a bartender’s tool that helps to crush-or muddle-fruit, herbs, and spices to release their juices and flavors into the cocktail. It’s a vital tool for creating drinks that are full of flavor and spice, such as Mojitos or Mint Juleps.
The muddler is a great tool for making drinks that contain fruit, herbs, and spices because it allows you to extract more of their flavor than other methods of mixing. This is particularly helpful if you want to make a drink with fresh fruit that’s not in season or if the cocktail you’re creating includes ingredients like grapefruit, lime, or passion fruits.
Another important tool is a shaker. A shaker is a tool used to mix alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails by shaking them vigorously, adding ice, and then pouring them into a glass. Shaking is the most common method for creating a mixology drink, but there are also a number of other techniques that you can use.
Soft Shaking is a technique that uses a shaker to mix cocktails without over-diluting them, as it will lose their original flavour and texture. You’ll need a shaker to soft shake, but it isn’t necessary to use a shaker for every recipe.
Stirring is a less gentle method of mixing than a shaker and is typically used to mix cocktail ingredients that are spirit-forward, such as a stiff Manhattan or classic Negroni. It is also a great method for cocktails that are mixed with citrus or other mixers that might be too delicate to shake, such as Margaritas or Pisco Sours.
Blending is a method of mixing cocktails that are heavy in fruit or other ingredients that require a lot of effort to mix by hand. This technique is not suitable for ‘up’ drinks, which have no ice or are ‘no-blended’ (the final mixture is poured into the glass with a spoon).
Building is another common cocktail mixing method. You’ll need a Boston mixing glass and a shaker tin to build a cocktail.
Guests learn about the drinks
Mixology events are a great way to bring your guests together and give them an engaging activity. They can be a fun addition to your cocktail reception or happy hour, and they’re also great for networking events and building relationships with new clients or business partners.
A mixology event features a bartender who will present the history of the drinks, talk about the techniques used to make them and answer any questions. They can also give attendees the chance to get behind the bar and try their hand at making some of their favorite cocktails.
Some mixology events will also feature a tasting of some of the spirits they’ve created. During this portion of the experience, a member of the staff will guide you through a tasting, showing you how they blend flavors and create cocktails with consistency and precision.
These experiences are a great choice for corporate events, team building activities and birthday parties. They also are a fun way to celebrate special occasions like weddings or graduations.
Online mixology events are an excellent way to build team chemistry. They are available for teams in any industry and they’re a great way to have some fun while learning something new.
The best part about virtual mixology is that they’re completely free! All you need is a good internet connection and a computer with a screen. This means that it’s a great option for employees, college students and anyone who works from home.
You can even have these virtual events streamed through Zoom. This way, you can have the class from anywhere and everyone can be part of it.
For a team-building event, you can include fun games and icebreakers as well. Some of these include Would You Rather Questions, Murder Mystery and Casino Games.
Having fun is an important factor in any party, and virtual mixology is no exception. In fact, it’s one of the most popular team-building activities around.
If you’re planning a mixology event, it’s essential to provide a drink menu that appeals to your audience. The drinks should be easy to prepare, serve and drink. They should also be appropriate for the age and demographics of the guests. It’s also a good idea to provide non-alcoholic options, such as juice-based mocktails for designated drivers or those who don’t drink alcohol.