The Art of Drinking classes
If you want to learn how to make some refreshing summer coolers, head to Nischal Gurung’s Art of Drinking classes. The mixologist with 15 years of experience who runs Mixologik bar school, conducts monthly classes to teach how to make mocktails with easily available ingredients such as apple syrup, cranberry juice, lime juice, peach syrup and fresh mint. Here you will also get insight into cocktail making, bar tending, different styles of mocktail and cocktail making and glassware. Apart from a certificate, knowledge of various mixes, glassware and unique recipes created by the mixologist himself, this class also guarantees loads of fun by way of bartending techniques!
Fee: Rs 1000
Where: C 17, basement, Malviya Nagar
Smell And Taste Institute
This 12 year old institute has more than 100 mocktails in their menu, though a 3-day course would teach you only nine mocktails. If you have to learn all 100, you have to take
additional classes. “Students choose the kind of mocktail they want to learn — it can be either ice bases, milk based or soda based,” says Minakshi Dutt of the institute. Some of their popular mocktails include chocolate smoothie and ginger fizz. The institute sees mostly girls from all age groups coming to learn the art. “A lot of people increase their course duration and learn all the 100 mocktails,” says Dutt.
Fee: Rs 1000
Where: 218, Star Apartments, Sector 9, Rohini
Manju’s cookery classes
Over here, you can learn making nine different kinds of mocktail in just 2 hours. “There is so much more to mocktails than just the method of mixing it up. There is a very thin line between mocktail and shorbet, so one has to be careful while making them. The thumb rule is that each ingredient should stand out,” says Manju Mittal. She also teaches the use of proper glassware and lays a lot of emphasis on presentation. “Mocktail is a welcome drink, so a lot depends on how it is presented,” she adds. Concoctions are whipped up from a variety of basic ingredients such as fresh fruits, fruit syrups, milk, aerated drinks and ice creams. Mittal also tries to include innovations and twists into her cocktails.
Fee: Rs 1200
Where: SD-268, Tower Apartment, Pitampura, Metro Pillar No. 324-328, Dilli Haat, pitampura, Tel: 27316894
Ramni Rahlan, the owner of Perfect Cooker has been running this institute for the past 30 years now. Out of the many courses at this institute, one of the sought after courses is mocktail making. During summers, they chalk out a special mocktail chart that includes ice cream based mocktails, mint and lemon based drinks and fresh fruit based mocktails. They teach upto 10 mocktails in one class which is for two hours.
Fee: Rs 1500
Where: M-28 Main Market, Greater Kailash- 1
Arsh Creations: The mocktail making class at this centre not just involves the basic skills of making mocktails but also presentation, decoration and the right use of glasses. Out of the many cocktails taught here, the famous ones include Fruit punch, tomato apple drink, lemon punch and mint khus. “These days nobody wants to use preservatives, so the main focus at our classes is to teach fresh fruits based mocktails,” says Kavita Khanna who runs the two-day course
Fee: Rs 2500
Where: B-7, second floor, Lajpat Nagar -3 Tel: 011-66361744
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