Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Five-day forecast

Video: Cocktail lesson at Stratford’s Print House

Tom Lovett gives Sophie Morton a lesson Tom Lovett gives Sophie Morton a lesson

Sunday, July 27, 2014
6:00 AM

James Bond likes his shaken not stirred, but just how easy is it to make the perfect cocktail? That was exactly what I was about to learn at Stratford’s Print House bar.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Three of the cocktails available at the Print HouseThree of the cocktails available at the Print House

Assistant manager Tom Lovett was on hand to show me the ropes, mixing up a Tommy’s margarita (tequila, lime and agave syrup) to get started.

“It’s best to keep things simple,” he said. “Most cocktails have three ingredients, one part sweet, one part sour and two parts alcohol.”

Behind the bar, I was put through my paces to see whether I could create a Lucky Lily - with Tom’s guidance, of course.

My first job was to crush down pineapple and grind in some black pepper for the sour element, then add a drop of agave syrup for the sweet.

Once I’d put in the tequila and some crushed ice, it was time to shake it up.

The proper shaking technique, I was told, was to shake it over your shoulder, so if any liquid came out it would go behind you and not over the customers.

“There are different types of cocktail,” Tom explained. “There are shaken ones, like the margarita, and there are ones mixed in a crushed ice bath.

“The tiki ones, like the Lucky Lily, are much newer, then you’ve got stirred cocktails as well.”

Before straining it, Tom showed me how to test it by dipping a straw into the drink and putting a thumb over the end to suck up a tiny amount of it.

“If there’s something not quite right, it can be fixed before giving it to the customer,” he explained.

With no further mixing needed, it was time to pour it into a glass through a strainer - and take a celebratory sip.

“Some people say they want a cocktail but they don’t know what they want,” said Tom. “We find out what alcohol they like, what flavours they like and try and mix something up for them.

“There’s a lot of experimentation with cocktails, but if you stick to the basic principle of sweet, sour and alcohol it usually works.”

Share this article

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

   Local advertisers

More news

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Newham Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Newham businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Newham Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »