Hen Party Ideas: Cocktail Making in Cardiff

Sometimes at Cwtch we get offered lovely opportunities that are just too good to pass up! Recently the team from the Radisson Blu hotel in Cardiff got in touch to see if we’d like a sneak preview of their new mixology masterclass – well, they didn’t have to ask us twice! (You’ll never have to ask us twice if you’d like to give us free cocktails, we love a fancy drink).

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The idea

Cocktail making has been a firm favourite for hen dos for a while now, so we were curious what new spin the Radisson were planning with their event.

We shimmied up to the hotel to meet up with some other bloggers to find out that we wouldn’t just be watching someone make cocktails – we’d be getting a lesson in how to make some of our favourites too (and a few new one we’d not heard of before!). We even got the chance to make up our own cocktail recipe, which was a lot of fun!

How it worked

It was a really classy event – relaxed and focussed on the ingredients, and learning about why certain flavours work well with each other, rather than just getting drunk. If you’re looking for a more chilled out, sophisticated version of the classic cocktail making course then we’d definitely recommend this one :)

First of all we were shown a few classics – the Bellini, a Margarita, a Martini, a Mojito and an Ameretto Sour (lots of m’s!). For each cocktail the resident mixologist, Jamie, picked two people to try out the recipes while he explained how they were made, so everyone got a turn at making something which was great fun for all.

After we’d learnt the basics we split into two teams to compete against each other to create the tastiest cocktail – we had a great time imaging all the crazy combinations we could make. Maria and I were on separate teams which means we can officially say that (someone from) Cwtch the Bride came out on top ;) In reality both cocktails tasted great and Jamie was hard pressed to choose a winner.

We spent a good couple of hours at the hotel, overall. It felt like the perfect amount of time to appreciate the drinks but not get so tipsy that you start to wish you hadn’t tried that last one! :)

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We had a great time hanging out with everyone, so we can imagine that with your group of best girls (or boys!) you’d have an absolute whale of a time. The masterclasses are held in the downstairs bar so you get the space to yourselves, always a nice touch. The hotel is also super central, so if you’re planning a hen weekend in Cardiff then you can easily add this to your itinerary without having to worry about designated drivers missing out :)

We’re giving it a great big two thumbs up. If you like cocktails then we think you’ll love it :)

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All photos taken by Maria Farrelly unless otherwise stated

We’d like to say a big thanks to Jodie and Kitty for inviting us – and to Jamie for making us some delicious cocktails!

The details

Where: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

When: Whenever!

Cost: £25 per person

How many people: The recommended group size is between 4-12

Time: 1-2 hours of cocktail making

You’ll like it if: You like cocktails, experimenting, learning some new skills

If you’d like to know more about the masterclasses or want to book one for yourself then you can contact the team on 02920 454 777 or through their website :)