Master Mixologist, Kaiz Patel
I will never order another expensive cocktail drink again in any bars. It is so easy to make one and you can learn from master mixologist Kaiz Patel during Happy Hours’ monthly mixology sessions. It is usually held in Prince of Jaipur in the Fort or Libis area for the price of 4 cocktail drinks that you mixed on your own. For the manila session, it costs P600 (if you are a group of 5 or more) and I wouldn’t recommend to go without your friends and pay P750.
For a 1.5 hours session, I can’t imagine that I am now confident about how to create my own cocktail drink and even specify how I would like my drink like James Bond. I prefer Shaken instead of Stirred because it is cooler, and you can appreciate how hard to manually shake the drink to have a holistic taste. The secret to any cocktail drink is the right amount of ingredients and the way it is presented. You need to have the right bar equipment and practice on the classic cocktail recipes.
It would be difficult to just read the cocktail recipes without somebody showing you how to do it. I’ll show you how to do the 4 drinks we learned from Mixology Sessions through 4 separate blog posts on these vodka based drinks: Cosmopolitan, Tangy Caipirojka, Melontini (Melon Martini) and Chillax Guava
Thanks to Michelle for inviting us to this fun and tipsy event 🙂
About Master Mixologist, Kaiz Patel
Kaizad “Kaiz” Patel’s involvement with hospitality spans over 14 years. Kaiz is a graduate in Hotel Management from the prestigious Ecole Les Roches, Switzerland, and has worked in various capacities in Europe, Middle East and India. When he is not sharing his cocktail mixing knowledge, he manages a hospitality consultancy company in India, where Kaiz is renowned for his ability to create theme-based food and Beverage operations. Kaiz is also a columnist, a restaurant critic and food expert for various magazines and newspapers such as Times of India in Hyderabad, Taste and Travel, Express Hospitality, among others. He has conducted training workshops for leading hotels, restaurants and hotel management schools across India, as well as in the Middle East. He has been coming to the Philippines since 2003 for business and considers Manila as home. Kaiz likes the warm, hospitable people of Philippines and is currently working on his Tagalog skills. He loves Filipino food – Kare Kare, Lechon de leche & Lengua being his favorites! It is his passion for simplifying cocktails for the consumer that gave birth to Happyhours!
“A properly equipped home bar may resemble an auxiliary kitchen, and indeed at home, a number of generally kitchen-oriented items may find themselves constantly in the bar. Nevertheless, to make good cocktails, the right equipment must be used.” (Source: Happy Hours Inc.)
Given below is a range of basic bar equipment to get you started:
Peg Measure / Jigger
Mixing spoon – long enough to prevent your fingers dipping into drink
Hawthorne – looks pro, great for quick straining during multiple use
Muddler – To extract the juices of citrus fruit peel.
Blender – A blender is needed in many recipes, especially those in which ice or fruit are to be mixed thoroughly with other ingredients to produce a smooth, creamy texture.
Small, sharp knife
This is the shaking scene during the mixology sessions.
I would highly recommend going with your friends during these mixology sessions
In between drinks, prince jaipur serves these nasty Indian treats perfect for the cocktail drinks.
We have certificates to show that we are a certified mixologist!
The Next Manila Session:
October 9th, 2007, Tuesday : 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM*
Prince of Jaipur, Fuente Circle, Citywalk 1, Eastwood City, Libis, QC
For Future Events, Check out: Happy Hours Mixology Session Events
Happyhours organizes events and provides consultancy services for the hospitality and entertainment industry. Happyhours’ Mixology Sessions are interactive, cocktail-mixing workshops intended for individuals, corporate clients and professional bartenders. Happyhours’ consultancy services include setting up bars and restaurants, which covers design, menu planning, menu costing and customized training solutions. The Happyhours website
www.happyhoursinc.com is a leading source of information and entertainment on beverages and drinking out.
Kaiz Patel of Happyhours Inc.
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