Build, Shake and Stir Yourself the Perfect Drink
London may be home to some of the best restaurants on the planet, but it is also host to an impressive pantheon of the world’s best bars and mixologists. Award-winning cocktail makers are dotted all over the capital and inspire mixology pilgrimages from all over the globe.
Unfortunately, visits to these hallowed bars are not currently possible, so to combat this; three of the city’s best barmen have decided to dust off their shakers, fire up Instagram and are host virtual cocktail classes for fans. Tune in every week and to learn how to make your own versions of their famed cocktails. And…who knows, by the time the government mandated homestay is over, you might be competing for their titles!
Novikov’s Gianfranco Iozzi
Mayfair’s trendy Novikov Restaurant & Bar is well known for its instant-worthy food and delicious drinks. Join bartender Gianfranco Iozzi as he teaches you how to make a series of the venue’s signature cocktails – from his kitchen to yours.
Lyaness Bar’s Ryan Chetiyawardana
Ryan Chetiyawardana, known as ‘Mr. Lyan’, is a cocktail legend. He is widely considered to be one of the world’s very best mixologists (even winning the coveted ‘World’s Best Bar’ award at the World’s 50 Best Bar Awards for the previously named Dandelyan Bar), with a meticulous eye for detail and an uncanny sense for combining unusual flavours. He is teaching a free masterclass on Instagram on Lyaness Bar‘s page (his new venue) that includes everything from how to stir and shake (we can’t wait to finally know the difference!) through to how to build a cocktail. Feeling lazy? Buy his pre-made cocktails here.
Kwãnt’s Erik Lorincz
Hidden under the famous Momo’s restaurant on Heddon Street is a plush speakeasy run by the ex-Savoy barman, Erik Lorincz. Known for his martinis, infusions and vegan drinks – this award-winning barman is hosting an IGTV virtual lesson every week and if you want to really level up your game, buy one of his high-tech mixing tools here.