Hey Cool Cats,
On Monday I was lucky enough to be invited to a Bloggers Cocktail Class, hosted by Millennium and Copthorne Hotels at one of their swankiest spots, The Millennium Hotel, which is tucked away on Grosvenor Square in Mayfair. This sounded just like my idea of a good time, so I left Baloo with a friend (under strict instructions not to give him too much wine), grabbed my camera and headed out to go and play.
After some bubbles and nibbles (after which I'd basically already decided that I bloody love this hotel group*) and chatting to some lovely Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle, and London bloggers, we were shown around the hotel, which, quite frankly, was bloomin' lovely. And yes, that is atrocious wordplay, because my favourite thing about it was the fresh flowers and plants that were to be found all over the show.
When we were shown around a suite, I momentarily considered refusing to leave, and claiming Squatter's Rights. It was such a beautiful space, as well as being absolutely massive. I've always loved the idea of living in a hotel, haven't you?
|With Sheree from GLITZNGRIME|
I was pretty well-behaved, and did not (A) jump on the amazingly huge bed or (B) instigate any pillow fights. In hindsight, these both seemed like missed opportunities but what can you do about it?
The views were absolutely stunning, my shabby photography really doesn't do it justice. Grosvenor Square is beautifully calm and green considering it's hiding just behind Oxford Street!
However, the view that really took my breath away was that from the roof; I'm not sure how well you can make it out (again, my apologies for my totally pants camera skills) but you can see so many major landmarks from there (ten points to Gryffindor if you can see The Shard!).
Anyway. On to the serious bit. They taught us how to make mojitos. But, you know, in a fancy way. Properly. I feel that this is some knowledge I should share, right?
|Making mojitos with Lucie, Sheree and Sarah.|
MOJITO: HERE'S HOW:
Put four pieces of lime into a tall glass and muddle them with a muddler (this is just fancy terminology for squeeze all the juice out). When it's muddled, add 1 and 1/2 barspoons of soft brown sugar and stir well. Next, pick a whole stalk of mint. Save the top - this will be your garnish - and pick off the other leaves. Put the leaves on the palm of your hand, and clap. Clapping is better than muddling as it doesn't release the tannins in the mint that would make your drink bitter (how knowledgable do I sound right now?). Add these to your drink, and then a double measure of dark rum. Stir well, then fill your glass with crushed ice, and top up with soda water. Pop in a straw, and then place the minty garnish next to the straw (apparently so that you can smell the mint while you're sipping. Smart, ey?).
And that's how you make a perfect mojito! So don't say I never teach you anything.
Thank you so much to Millennium and Capthorne, and to the girls at Greenlight, for having me at such a fun event. I adore any chance to play with other bloggers, and an evening in such a fancy hotel and bar was a real treat!
I think cocktail making might be a bit of a hidden talent of mine. Time to get experimental in the drinks cupboard. Watch this space!
Do you have any good drinks recipes to share?
*Just kidding, my affections aren't so easily bought. Had they given me cake, however, it would have been a different story...