UWE Bar School’s Perfect night In!

So as you’ve seen in the film, the guys from UWE Bar School certainly showed us some pretty good cocktail-shakin’ tips and a nice easy bar food-inspired recipe! Try these yourself if you really want to impress at a party, or if you’ve got your mates round and fancy drinking something a bit more special and sophisticated. Here’s how to make what you saw in the video!

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Equipment: the basics

Before you start thinking about the delicious liquid consumption ahead, you’ll need the right kit to be able to make your divine drinks. You can buy everything from Drink Stuff (either individually or in a cocktail starter kits, which aren’t too expensive) – here’s what the guys used in the video:

• Boston tin + glass (to shake the drinks)
• Hawthorn strainer (when pouring the drink out of the tin – it stops the ice coming out)
• 25ml and 50ml measures
• Bar spoon (stirring and swizzling the drinks)
• Muddler (for squishing all the fruit together – can just use a rolling or bottom of a bar spoon to save money!)

1) Grape & Apple Caprioska

Put 5 lime wedges, 6 grapes and 15ml sugar syrup in a large glass. Muddle together, then combine with 50ml vodka and top with crushed ice. Swizzle with the bottom of a bar spoon to make sure everything’s combined, then top with cloudy apple juice and garnish with a wedge of lime.

2) Sloe Gin Fizz

In a large glass put 50ml sloe gin, the juice of 6 lemon wedges, 25ml sugar syrup and 1 egg white in (don’t worry about the risk of salmonella – the citrus juices and alcohol cooks the egg!). Fill to the top with ice, then put a Boston tin over the top and shake well until it goes foamy. Fill a wine glass with ice and use a strainer to pour in. Top up with soda water and garnish with a wedge of lime.

FOOD: NACHOS

The perfect bar-food-friendly food. Make however much you want and share round – simple, cheap and ready in under 10 minutes!

In a baking tray, put a load of tortilla chips at the bottom. Spread a salsa dip over so it covers them, then sprinkle over some grated cheese and sliced spring onions (and, if you like it spicy, you can add some chopped chillies too). Place under a grill for 3 minutes then BOOM – ready to serve!

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