Last night I had the chance to attend the BackBay Social Club‘s cocktail class. The theme for the evening was mint. The 15 attendees learned how to make four different mint-centered drinks and of course we got to sample each one too!
Of course we learned about the traditional Mint Julep – the infamous drink of the Kentucky Derby. I’ve never actually had one of these before and I was surprised to find I actually enjoyed it a lot.
After that we had a Whiskey Smash, which is basically a Mint Julep with the addition of lemon flavor from lemon slices. This was refreshing and the lemon flavor negated some of the sweetness of the original.
The third drink we learned about was the summer-favorite Mojito. The difference between these mojitos and the ones I’ve had elsewhere? There were not floating mint chunks. At BackBay Social Club they believe in double straining to avoid that awkward ‘something-in-your-teeth’ moment.
And the last drink was a BackBay Social Club original called the Pineapple Express. It combines the idea ingredients of the Mint Julep and the Mojito with the addition of pineapple chunks. It was delicious and oh-so refreshing. Perfect for the warm days we’ve been having lately.
Apparently the restaurant hosts these cocktail classes quarterly. I’m looking forward to the summer class and learning more about how to make the ideal cocktail. The class was very practical, offering suggestions of where to buy materials and what to do when you are making drinks at home and don’t have the ideal supplies. You can find out about the next class by following the restaurant on Facebook.
The little tips offered were oh so helpful. Like did you know that if you have fresh mint and hit the sprig against your wrist it will liven the mint up enough to put in the glass for a decorative garnish?