Pirate’s Grog Rum Masterclass @ London Cocktail Week

Now in its seventh year, London Cocktail Week runs from 3-9th October across the city. Last night we popped down to Spitalfields Market to check out the action and to attend an exciting cocktail masterclass by boutique rum brand Pirate’s Grog, which they are running each evening until Sunday 9th.

Pirate’s Grog rum is from Roatán, a Caribbean island off the coast of Honduras, inspired by the days when pirates would use the island as a resting point. They’ve spent the summer on the festival circuit, are stocked in shops such as Harvey Nichols, and sell beautiful gift sets online.

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For Cocktail Week they’ve teamed up with coffee roasters Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in their Spitalfields shop, where they are hosting their masterclasses. The coffee shop have also collaborated with them to create a tasty cold brew coffee, Bold Brew, which is infused with just the flavours of rum, achieved by storing their coffee beans in an old rum barrel.

A mouth-watering array of cocktails were available from the bar, and during the masterclass we were introduced to their main varieties of rum: their 5 year aged rum, 13 year aged rum, and what had to be our favourite: Black Ei8ht Coffee Rum, a blend of Brazilian coffee with their 5 year aged rum. Chocolatey, smooth, and not too sweet – it was delicious. We were then taught how to make a yummy cocktail, which Pirate’s Grog have kindly allowed us to share with you below. Enjoy!

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Espresso Rumtini

50ml of Pirate’s Grog Rum

25ml of Black Ei8ht Coffee Rum

10ml Homemade Vanilla Sugar Syrup

25ml Shot of Espresso

Add the ingredients to a Boston shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard and double strain into a chilled coupette. Garnish with three coffee beans or a shave of dark chocolate.

Pirate Grog’s Rum Sessions are on everyday until Sunday 9th from 6pm. For more info, visit: drinkup.london/cocktailweek.

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More highlights of London Cocktail Week:

Bejewelled Cocktail Masterclass

6th October, 7pm at a Secret Location

Chrsitabels are hosting a cocktail masterclass where not only will the drinks taste great, but look amazing too. You’ll be shown how to use edible glitter, sequins and jewels to transform your cocktails into works of shimmering art. The cocktails you’ll create are the ‘Flirt’ (rosemary syrup, gin, rose lemonade, lemon and egg white) and the ‘Zinger’ (elderflower, ginger, lime, mint, vodka and soda water), as well as some ‘Pimped up Prosecco.’ This is sure to be a creative, fabulous event, and you can book your tickets here.

Shochu, Japanese drinking den

Everyday until Sunday 9th at the Cocktail Village, Old Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6EW

This pop-up celebrates Japanese drinking culture with Shochu’s brand new cocktail menu that is inspired by Japanese flavours such as miso, nori, shiso and matcha. They will also be introducing ROKA Botanika, which is a gin and vodka blend with Japanese botanicals. With the extra addition of Japanese snack bar, this sounds like an exciting taste of another culture.

Sailor Jerry Tattoo Shop

7-8th October, 1-6pm at Cloak & Dagger, 34 Cheshire St, E2 6EH

Something a little different… London Cocktail Week pass holders can get a free tattoo (on a first come, first served basis) at the Sailor Jerry Tattoo Shop from a selection of artwork by Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins. While you get inked you can kick back with a sample of Sailor Jerry Ginger Colada slushy. Afterwards head to London Cocktail Club Shoreditch to get a slushy Pina Colada, and later choose from Special Sailor Jerry menu offers.

Spirit of Tiki

Friday 7th October, 12pm-12am at Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA

This all day Tiki festival will be a village of Polynesian Tiki bars with a menu of tropical drinks and food. You can attend tastings and demonstrations and learn about cocktails from the past and present, as well as enjoy the variety of entertainment on offer. The ‘Tiki Lifestlye’ aims to create an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and from the fast-paced modern world, and their philosophy is to ‘live life with a great spirit.’ Sounds like a great way to blow off steam at the end of the week!