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Review: Cocktail Master Class at The Old Bank

The Old Bank is well known for its exquisite drinks and especially their choice of cocktails! We sent Sophie Moore and Rachael Booth along to have a go at mixology, here's how they got on...

When you go to the bar on a night out you never think about the planning and preparation that goes behind your delicious cocktail…..until now!

The ultimate girls’ night out – a cocktail master class - is the perfect way to taste some fabulous fruity, sweet, sour and creamy cocktails, whilst learning how to make them.

We arrived at The Old Bank and made our way to the 3rd floor to find a row of stools along the bar and the Head Bar Tender Simon Rowe waiting for us.

Simon went through the basics and showed us a few demonstrations before giving us the chance to have a go behind the bar. The main rule to remember was ‘not too strong, not too weak, not too sour, not too sweet.’

We started with the Mojito; including Lemon Tree Mojito’s, Royal Mojito’s and a Twisted Mojito. Now I’m not normally a fan of the Mojito but trying different versions of it completely changed my opinion and I know I would order one on my next night out.

It was my turn to get behind the bar, and I had the chance to make a sweet and creamy cocktail called S’cream – Strawberries and Cream – which was delicious. Making a S’cream was quite hard trying to get the cream to stay at the top of the cocktail. It tasted amazing though, and was my ideal drink.

I’m a huge fan of Amaretto, so I was excited when we had the chance to try some Amaretto Sours cocktails. The one thing I was surprised about was the fact an egg white was used in the drink. I didn’t let it put me off though, and I’m glad I didn’t as the drink was amazing, frothy and refreshing; the ultimate summer cocktail. Sticking with the sour theme we also had a go at making Midori Sours and Starburst Sours, which did genuinely tatse like the sweets!

To finish the night we tried one of the stronger cocktails, the ‘Zombie’ and I think I was the only person who actually liked this drink! It was very strong but I enjoyed the zesty flavours, it was delicious.

I thoroughly enjoyed the class, and I certainly will be taking some of the cocktail ideas home for me try. The team at The Old Bank were nothing but friendly and professional.

I would recommend anyone to try the cocktail class, as it is the best way to start your night out with the girls and you can have a laugh and a few drinks along the way.

The Old Bank Swindon

The Old Bank Swindon; Restaurant, Lounge and Bars

18 Wood Street, Old Town, Swindon, Wiltshire , SN1 4AB

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