Have you ever wondered about the art of Mixology and the history of Cocktails and Mocktails? Last week a small group off foodies and fashionistas were invited to a mixology masterclass with expert mixologist Marko Aleksic at La Porte des Indes at The Address Hotel Dubai Mall. La Porte des Indes first caught my eye a few weeks ago at Taste of Dubai, without a doubt I loved the items on the menu and fell in love with the pepper crab which was divine and transported me back to a holiday in Pondicherry not too long ago.
Dropping the car off at the valet was a sensible decision (note to self – there are two The Address Hotels in the locality, both have very friendly valet staff, particularly when they park the car and then you realise you are at the wrong The Address!!) as we were in for some serious education and tasting which most definitely necessitated the use of a taxi to get home that night.
Marko our mixologist for the evening was extremely knowledgeable, explaining the history of cocktails and cocktails to us as well as the art of mixology. With a passion for making interesting, tasty and great looking cocktails we knew we were in for an interesting evening and not only did we see the drinks being made we were also invited behind the bar to mix up our own drinks too. It’s not as easy as it seems as there is a lot to remember both in terms of techniques to be used, but also why you are doing certain things in a certain way – for instance when shaking a drink always keep the glass part of the shaker closest to the bar tender so if the shaker comes apart the drink will drench the bar tender and not the customer. Thankfully we all managed to make our drinks without getting drenched !!
Marko was extremely generous not only in sharing his knowledge with us, but also sharing his cocktail recipes too, so if you are tempted to get shaking at home here’s how to do it : Enjoy
Especially made to celebrate the Festival of Lights this was a visually stunning drink, which I got the chance to make as the evening wore on and it’s not as easy to make as it would appear.
- Assessories : Cataliina Glass & Ice cubes
- 15ml Russian Standard Vodka
- 15ml Bacardi Silver
- 15ml Blue Curacao
- Orange Juice
- Spice Sugar (dash)
- Lime Juice
Chill the glass by filling with ice-cubes. Meanwhile Muddle the 3/4 Lime Wedges in a cocktail Shaker, add a dash of Spice Syrup (a LPDI secret blend), add some fresh orange juice (approx 45 mlx) and then Shake until mixed and strain over the 3-4 ice-cubes in the glass.
Carefully drizzle some Grenadine syrup on top of the ice-cubes and it will slowly drop down into the glass
Put the Vodka, Blue Curacao and Rum in a shaker with ice and shake vigoursly. Strain slowly over a bar spoon so that it sits on top of the orange juice.
Slowly add a straw down the side of the glass and decorate with a Physillis berry.
And below is the picture of the one that I made 🙂
- Assessories – Martini Glass
- 30 ml Russian Standard Original
- 10 ml Patrón XO Café
- 10 ml Baileys Irish Cream
- 10 ml Illyquore
- 20 ml Esspresso
- Cream Half & Half
- Assessories : Martini Glass
- 40 ml Absolut Kurant
- 10 ml Mozart Black Chocolate
- 10 ml Mozart White Chocolate
- 10 ml Amarula
- 10 ml Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
- 10 ml Cream Half & Half
- Assessories : Old Fashioned Glass and Crushed Ice
- 60 ml Russian Standard Original
- 10 ml Agave Nectar
- 4 Lime Wedges
- 4 Blueberries
- 2 Blackberries
- 2 bar spoons Brown Cane Sugar
La Porte des Indes : The Address Dubai Mall