LoveScotch pop-up at The Drift

Neat, on ice or with soda.

That’s pretty much the only options you have when it comes to Scotch whisky.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

Or rather, had, before the #Lovescotch pop-up opened.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

An exclusive partnership between swanky City restaurant The Drift and upscale spirit brand Diageo, Lovescotch aims at proving that Scotch is much more versatile that it’s given credit for.

Until March 2017, you can get stuck into ‘Scotchtail’ (understand classic cocktails with a whisky twist) masterclasses and experiential tasting and just generally soak up the gorgeous surroundings.

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I mean, how pretty does the pop-up look? Very antique-store meets boudoir, super-intimate and just my kind of place.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

Add in the opportunity to experiment with cocktails you already know & love (each with an exciting twist!) and you’re in for a treat from up North!

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The Scotchtail Masterclasses shows the diversity of Scotch by experimenting with it in classic cocktails, where traditionally other spirits would have been used.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

Combining Johnnie Walker Gold, passionfruit liqueur, vanilla & pineapple juice and served with a Champagne chaser, the Goldmember is a clever take on The Drift’s Pornstar Martini bestseller.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

The same tangy flavour as the classic, but with a more grown-up, complex finish – the perfect way to make any whisky-hater change their mind!

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

And a great accompaniment to The Drift’s generous Meat Platter!

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Piled high with chicken Satay skewers served with smooth peanut sauce, mini beef sliders, fiery chorizo, more-ish Scotch egg, served alongside piping hot fries and onion rings and unbelievably addictive smoked paprika mayo…

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But the fun doesn’t stop there, there’s still a world of Scotchtails to try!

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

My favourite was the Seven Flowers, a citrusy mix of Haig Clubman scotch, elderflower syrup and lemon juice, all topped with Champagne.

Sweet, sour and incredibly elegant.

Lovescotch Pop-Up at The Drift

And incredibly easy to make, should you want to give it a go: just pour, shake, sieve and serve!

Or you know, let the amazing people at The Drift do it for you! Whether you’re a Mojito fan, an Espresso Martini aficionado, a Pornstar Martini lover, or a French 75 addict, LoveScotch is really quite a neat place to be.

Masterclasses are available for private bookings and would make for the perfect start to a girls’ night out (or a brilliant way to switch up the office’s traditional Christmas party for something a bit more un-usual!).

#LoveScotch pop-up at The Drift / until March 2017 / More information on The Drift’s website

The Drift, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

*I got invited by The Drift to try out the #Lovescotch pop-up but all cocktail lovin’ and slider addiction my own.

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LoveScotch pop-up at The Drift

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa

I must admit I’m a bit of a Jamie Oliver fan-girl: the books, the TV shows, the YouTube channels, the food… I love it all. And yet, I had never been to any of Jamie’s restaurants. Shocking, I know.

So when a lil’ email popped into my mailbox, inviting me to an exclusive butchery masterclass at fire-and-meat focused Barbecoa, I was very excited to say the least!

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Located just behind St Paul’s Cathedral, Barbecoa is a beautiful restaurant.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

There’s a beautiful bar, a gigantic, open kitchen, lushious dark wood and gorgeous views. That I obviously didn’t take any picture of. #BadBlogger

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

And then there’s an entire wall worth of whiskies… Way to make this girl fall in love, well played Barbecoa!

We started things off with a glass of bubbly and some nibbles.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Crispy pork crackling with thyme and apple ketchup (I bet you can’t have just one!)

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Moroccan-spiced lamb pasties (so selicate and delicious!)

Before moving on to the main event, the Plat de Resistance if you will…

(vegetarians friends, look away now!)

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

A man, a lamb and a rather dramatic setting for a butchery masterclass!

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Barbecoa butchers all of its meat in-house and regularly runs butchery masterclasses.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

One of the restaurant’s award-winning butchers will guide you through the process of breaking down an animal and all the steps until it reaches the plate.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

From breaking down the animal…

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

… to tips on how to best choose, prep and cook meat at home…

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

… and some of the trade’s best kept secrets, it’s the perfect event for those like me who love to take a peak behind the restaurant scene’s curtains.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Or well, any meat lover, really!

But there’s much more to Barbecoa than just meat…

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Including magicians/bartenders playing with fire to craft the most delicious cocktails.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Best of them all is the Barbecoa Blazer (Blazed Apple & Cinnamon Evan Williams, Orange, Cherries, Aromatic Bitters)

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Basically a whisky version of the best mulled wine you’ll ever be able to put your hands on. #BringWinterBack #justkidding

What more could you possibly need to make it the best night ever?

More nibbles? Oh, go on then!

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

The cutest little mushroom and carpaccio rolls with bearnaise sauce.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Homemade taramasala on plain and squid ink crackers.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Mind-blowingly good beef short rib croquettes with ‘nduja mayo and daikon pickles.

So good. Someone please send a box full of those to my desk.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Adorable chicken wing drumlets with yoghurt & lemon zest. Another winner.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Topping it all of with refreshing little shoters of rhubarb sorbet. The perfect way to balance of a rather rich meal (canapés are a legit meal, right?)

Barbecoa definitely lived up to its reputation of cathedral of meat & fire and the perfect introduction to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire. Now I simply can’t wait to discover more!

Want to become a master in lamb chopping yourself? More info on Barbecoa’s website

Or you know, just pop in for a cheeky cocktail or two. I bet you won’t find a better place in the City!

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa