The group will be divided by Ecco La Luna into 8 smaller groups. Each group
gets a table where they can work at later, including a table flipchart and
We start the workshop by giving the theory on different strong spirits,
liquors, on the importance of ice, the function of ice, the different
techniques to make a cocktail, the importance of a good balance, the
combination of flavours, on how to appeal to the senses, … This explanation
will take approximately 30 minutes, during which the bartender will also
make some cocktails. The guests can taste a miniature version of the
cocktail made by the bartender, so they can experience the tastes and
textures themselves. After the explanation and demonstration, the guests
can get down to business.
The groups have to invent, design and make a cocktail themselves. Each
group has 1 hour to experiment with different tastes, colours, drinks,
techniques and decorations … During this hour they will have to put the
theory into practice, but they will also need each other to present the
perfect cocktail to the people’s jury after one hour. The groups will make,
taste and drink different cocktails. The idea is to adjust the cocktail
until it’s absolutely perfect. Each group will thus make between 5 and 10
cocktails to reach perfection.
We conclude by presenting 1 cocktail to the people’s jury, they will need
to evaluate the cocktails on taste, balance, presentation, colour, … The
winning team gets a prize, which can be provided by Ecco La Luna.
The groups can help themselves at several buffets in the room. The first
buffet has different types of glasses, cups and containers out of which the
guests can choose to serve their cocktail in. The second buffet has
different types of drinks, liquors, juices, syrups, … The guests can find
anything, from vodka to cava and from lime juice to violet syrup. Finally,
the third buffet will be filled with fresh ingredients. Fresh fruits, herbs
and vegetables will be at the groups’ disposal.
However, certain items are intended for each specific group. On each table
there is a ‘mystery box’. This box contains some ‘special’ ingredients, for
each specific group. Chocolate, chili pepper, cocoa powder, tomato,
coriander, thyme, ginger, … These ingredients are more risky to use in a
cocktail, but will help you to earn points with the jury if used correctly.
After the hour, the groups will have to present the cocktail to the
bartender and the people’s jury and provide the rest of the groups with 1
cup of their cocktail. The other groups need to taste and give points from
one to ten on a score sheet. The points of the people’s jury and the
bartender will be added up.