Making cocktails is like cooking a Potjie, there is an art to it. Ask any bartender or any brand of alcohol about the seriousness of a good cocktail. Whether or not its an established one or a newly created one, done by a specialist aptly named a Mixologist. The term is widely known and gathering momentum as we see on the featured image with Natalie Birbeck, originally of South Africa, who now works at Tsunami and Yamamomo in London, purely focussed on designing, training and making of original cocktails.
Having won the Whitley Neill Gin cocktail competition with her wining combination and gorgeous presentation of their famous Gin, Premium Tonic Water and a kumquat flower served over cubed ice, she certainly knows how to wow her clients.
Use your imagination and invite a Mixologist to show your guests, clients, conference delegates how to taste and create a different flavour combination with the winning one being on the night’s gala menu or the next day’s lunch menu if its a non alcoholic drink. It doesn’t always have to be alcoholic. But imagine the fun and entertainment it should make as a team event. Just don’t leave them alone to create one, its a disaster. Take it from me. Faced with a multitude of tastes, flavour combinations and alcoholic beverages, it could become a nightmare we know as a Fishbowl! So make sure you use the correct person as a guide and have limited stock on hand that only certain ingredients can be selected off a table of choice.
Good luck and have fun!