Cocktail Making at Bar Opus | Review

Bar Opus Birmingham Cocktail MakingIt’s no secret that I like the odd alcoholic beverage (or seven), and consider ‘going out for cocktails’ to be a legitimate hobby and pastime. So when I was invited along to a cocktail making masterclass at Bar Opus recently, it was a strong yes from me. Bar Opus is in Birmingham city centre, just by Snow Hill train station and so a little bit out of the way of the other bars found all over the city. It was my first time visiting the bar, and my first ever cocktail making class, so I was intrigued to see what it was all about.

Cocktail Making Class Birmingham

Cocktail Making Class Bar OpusBar Opus CocktailsThe masterclass consisted of us all making two cocktails. The first was a Honey Bee, which was a shaken cocktail. The ingredients in this one were:

50ml Jim Beam Honey
25ml Monin Vanilla
1/2 Bottle Vanillalicious
Honey and honeycomb as garnish

I love milky cocktails so for me, this tasted absolutely amazing and if I hadn’t been driving then I would’ve knocked mine back in about three seconds and then stolen everyone else’s off them too (and then probably promptly vomited – I never claimed to be particularly good at drinking, alright…)

Cocktail Masterclass BirminghamSecondly, we made a stirred cocktail: an Elderflower Spritz. This was a very fresh and zingy drink that would be perfect for a summer beer garden, and if you wanted to create it for yourself then these are the ingredients you’ll need:

50ml Chase Elderflower
25ml Elderflower cordial
12.5ml Fresh lemon juice
Top up with Fevertree elderflower tonic

The cocktail making was broken up by a card game that saw us all having to do different challenges depending on what card we’d been given. Of course, my card resulted in the challenge ‘post an embarrassing selfie of yourself on Twitter’. Well, there’s a bloody surprise…


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was a lot of fun, and we also learned some nice facts along the way about mixology and alcohol (for example, did you know that gin is essentially just a flavoured vodka? Everything I thought to be true is now being questioned). After the cocktail making finished, we were then all treated to afternoon tea, which was just GORGEOUS.

My first cocktail masterclass experience was definitely a good one, and I think it would be great for someone’s birthday, a hen do or just a fun afternoon out with the girls. At Bar Opus, the cocktail making class is only £15 per person, which I think is fab for an hour session and the two cocktails you get included too. The prices for afternoon tea also start at £15 per person for the traditional version, and a couple of quid more for the more boozy options.

A huge thank you to the staff at Bar Opus for being so welcoming and helpful during our class!

Have you ever tried a cocktail making class, or would you like to? Let me know in the comments!


17 Responses

  1. Hannah February 6, 2016 / 7:41 am

    Cocktail making classes just sound like so much fun! I’d love to do one for my birthday or a special occasion. The second one sounds delicious!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

    • Claire February 10, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      It was gorgeous, is it wrong I could go for another one right now? xx

  2. Albertine February 6, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    This looks like it was an amazing event, the cocktails are gorgeous 🙂

    • Claire February 10, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      It was so much fun! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx

  3. Jess edmunds February 6, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    I think that is actually a really good price! cocktail making sounds like so much fun I really want to try and do it at some point, and afternoon tea is literally just the best xxx

    • Claire February 10, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      I thought so too, always expected them to be quite a lot more! xx

    • Claire February 10, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Haha I always get the short straw! 🙂 xx

    • Claire February 10, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      I really did, would definitely recommend one 🙂 xx

  4. Hannah February 6, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    This looks like it would be so much fun! The afternoon tea looks sooo yummy too xo

    • Claire February 10, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      It was DIVINE, could happily eat it all over again 🙂 xx

    • Claire February 10, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Definitely, you could carry on straight through to a night out 🙂 xx

  5. Jayd Alice February 17, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Sounds like the best bloody blog event ever! Love the sound of the Elderflower Spritz, I’ll be making that one at home sometime soon! Will be sure to visit this place if I’m ever in Birmingham too x

    Always, Alice

    • Claire February 19, 2016 / 8:08 am

      It was definitely up there! 🙂 xx

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