Last weekend Erica, Milly & I were invited to spend the day at the Ascot races with Appletiser. We had amazing views of the racecourse from their private box, but before the races started we were treated to a cocktail class led by artisan barman, Rich Woods.
He talked us through making 4 cocktails that would make great pairings for different dinner courses, before letting us loose at a chance to make our own concoction! Obviously all our cocktails that day featured one main ingredient; Appletiser. First up was the Pine Needle High Ball.
This cocktail was made up of dry vermouth, sugar syrup, 2 dashes of lemon bitters, topped with Appletiser and garnished with a slapped pine needle (I kid you not, he had us all slapping our pines to help release the flavour). This might just have been my favourite of the day (but that’s not to say the others weren’t totally delicious and that you should stop reading!); light, fresh and fruity.
Next up was the Hoppy Ever After and Orchard Fizz
The Hoppy Ever After had a mini shot of IPA, which was a nice little twist. Paired with the Appletiser, it tasted great! The Orchard Fizz was a little trickier to make with us having to separate an egg white to shake with gin and apple liqueur. Considering we were all quite tipsy at this point, I think we all did very well making this one, although we shan’t mention Milly dropping hers and making an eggy mess on the floor – Oops! Having finished our 3rd cocktail, it was definitely the perfect time to let us have a go at making our own!
I couldn’t tell you exactly what was in it (I know there was peach bitters, gin, champagne and pomegranate Appletiser), but I think we can all agree it looked bloody beautiful! We may not have won the taste test, but we did win on visuals, and as a table of Instagramming bloggers, that’s the main prize, right?
Once class was over, it was time for lunch!
The team had put on a lovely spread of chicken, meat pie and a 4 cheese soufflé, followed a wee bit later with afternoon tea of sandwiches and mini cakes (the carrot cake and cream icing with a dusting of cinnamon was divine!). I also took this lunch time to place a few cheeky bets, and even managed to win a couple of quid when Oceane came in 2nd! We had so much fun and really got into cheering for our horses from the balcony.
It was getting late and our hangovers were already starting to kick in, so we said a quick HelloGoodbye to the cute animals in the petting corner as we were leaving
I had such a fun day and want to thank Appletiser for letting us into their box and Ascot for the delicious food. The biggest thanks goes to Erica for letting me be her +1 and Milly, both made it even more fun!!