Have we mentioned how much we love our jobs as bloggers? One of the perks of the job is to get invited to launches, press travel events, food reviews and even blogger events such as this. If you are wondering what we did last weekend, then wonder no more….we were very kindly invited by the PR Team at Emilys Caffee Bar in to head to Warrington which is not too far from both Liverpool and Manchester (depending from where you are coming from) to participate in a Blogger Cocktail Masterclass. So keep reading to find out more about our day and what we thought about the whole experience. We share lots of photos, information as well as a short video of our day.
There were about 12 of us in total who were invited to Emilys…mainly bloggers and press / print feature writers. We were given the opportunity to learn how to make as many cocktails as we wanted and get to know the owners at Emilys and what they offer. Emilys Caffe Bar was totally inviting, it had 2 large rooms…as we entered in, we walked into the main main bar area..with little round tables and sofa style chairs as well as high stools. The next room had another bar area with longer table and cosy corner which is perfect for private events and parties. The best part about Emilys is that, its just about 5 minutes walk from the Warrington Bank Quay train station and there are lots of public car parks close by in town too. The high street is also just 5 minutes walk away. It was the first time we have visited Warrington and we loved how cosmopolitan the town was, there was even a cultural show and market selling food items from all over Asia and Europe. The caffe was easily spotted as we arrived, we were given a glass of prosecco with some popcorns and sweets as we waited for the masterclass to begin.
We were told that the best part about Emilys which has been operating for about 3 years is that its table service, so there is no need to que at the bar area waiting to pay for the drinks. The place which seats about 50 people at one go was adorned with lots of different drinks on the walls which gave the place character. We were soon invited to the bar for our Cocktail Masterclass session, which was totally exciting..so we could not wait. Our teacher and bartender was Yanai who had over 12 years of experience of making drinks. He showed each one of us how to make our drinks one at a time and explained the ingredients as he went along. We found him very patient with a big smile as guided us on how to make the drinks as we were all novices.
Here’s a photo of my favourite drink, the French Martini which is priced at £7.50, this consists of a shot of Vodka, Creme de Mure and Pineapple Juice. The drink tasted sweet with a slight sourness to it and it was totally easy to drink it…. which is exactly how I like my drinks. I am not much of a vodka drinker, but the alcohol was not over powering at all. I loved that the glasses were filled with ice before hand so that they stay chilled when the drink is ready to be served it it.
The whole experience of the Masterclass was really fun, we had a lot of laugh and it was such a relaxed session, the staff and bartenders were really friendly and answered all our questions. If you don’t like a certain ingredient or alcohol, let them know and they are happy to swap it around for you.
The was the second cocktail, Cosmopolitan which is priced at £7.50 and this consists of Vodka, Orange Liquer as well as Cranberry Juice. This drink was sweet and mellow and very smooth to drink, totally loved it as well. Our advice if you are heading there is to ask a lot of questions as you are making the drink, so that you get to know more about the drinks.
Here’s a short HD youtube video slideshow of our Cocktail Masterclass experience at Emilys
As you can see we get to make our own drinks, and here we are mushing up some cranberries for our next drink which was Raspberry Collins also priced at £7.50. This has Raspberry gin, , creme de framboise, lemon juice as well as club soda. We found this drink was totally delish as well but it had a more sour and slightly sharper taste to it.
Here’s Yanai, serving up our drinks for us with a big huge smile
Things to note
- Table Service – Its not like a pub, so you can sit down, be served at the table and then pay later
- Drink Responsibly – Remember to drink responsibly and if you are drinking, do remember to get a cab, lift home or take the train (as we did)
- Venue Hire – The place is fabulous and is a great location to host private events such as Baby Showers, Hen’s Night Out, Birthday Parties or even Corporate Parties, so just give them a call and ask them about what is being offered
- Mocktails – If you don’t drink or if you are the designated driver, don’t worry, the bartenders are happy to make you some cool mocktails or a good cuppa hot drink as well
- Food – They don’t serve food at the moment but are planning to come up with a tapas style menu, so stay tuned to find out more about it
Here we are again with another drink, this one is called Sex on the Beach and it tasted really tropical and sweet, you can really get the taste of the orange juice and peach schnapps coming through. This costs £7.50 and is made with Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry and Orange Juice. As you can see the drinks not only tasted amazing but looked so beautiful as well.
(Raspberry Collins on the left and Sex on the Beach on the right)
We enjoyed our sessions very much as the bartender was so experienced at making sure we had the best time. Its a fabulous place to head to with the girls for a chilled day out or for parties. As we sat down sipping our cocktails, we were already planning out next outing to Emilys …this time with our group of girl friends for a night out or even suggesting it for a fabulous hen do night. We only wished there were some savoury nibbles to go along with our drink.
How much does the Cocktail Masterclass cost?
Prices for the Masterclass starts from £25 which includes the cost of your drinks as well.
What if I don’t drink alcohol or I am driving after?
Don’t worry the bartenders at Emily will be happy to show you some Mocktail Masterclass as well.
Where is Emilys Caffe Bar?
2 Springfield St
What are the Opening Hours for Emilys?
Mon to Thu – 12noon until 12am
Fri and Saturday – 12noon until 1am
Sunday – 12noon until 12am
Here’s a photo of some of the bloggers who were there at the event with Pam Lau who is the owner of Emilys.
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* We were invited to attend the Cocktail Masterclass at Emilys in return for a review. All opinions are our own.