A look at the Toast & Twirl Workshop held in Houston, Texas. A one day workshop to help spark your creative and colorful side. The photos in this post were taken by Stacy Anderson Photography, all credit and rights belong to her.
A few weeks back I mentioned that I would be teaching a mixology class at the Toast & Twirl Workshop in Houston, Texas. Well that magical day has come and went, and it was probably one of my favorite things I’ve done in 2017 thus far. I met amazing women who were eager to learn how to be home bartender and become fabulous entertainers. The environment was full of hard to breathe laughs & the ohhhs + ahhhs of what they created. Needless to say it was a good time!
The workshop was held at the Rec Room . It started off with some delicious morning bites from Fellini and Clutch Town Coffee’s Nitro Coffee. So once we were fueled we went on to tackle our day immersed in color. There was colorful florals from Casa De Flores Design, a confetti bar from The Confetti Bar and everyones favorite Big Ass Balloons were throwing down some color! Lauren, the host and creator of Toast & Twirl then opened up the workshops for the day.
This year there were four workshops to attend throughout the day. Aside from Mixology with myself, there was donut decorating with Wink By Erica, paper floristry with Alaan Studios, and hand lettering with Kristen Leigh! Totally fun right? Needless to say there was endless creativity flowing. In the down time is when the memories were made while people bonded over lunch with tacos & Jarritos sodas!
So you’re probably wanting to know a little about my workshop? For my mixology workshop I wanted to teach three party cocktails that each guest could pour and create themselves. They learned basic home bartending tips and little tricks/hacks to wow guests. My goal was for each of these attendees to walk away feeling like they could conquer the bar cart and make fabulous cocktails ready for any party. Plus who doesn’t love a good Instagram opportunity.
We gave each attendee their own shaker, their own set of booze to pour, I grabbed my trusty bar-back (A. Tak Crafts), and we got to business! First up was the Berry Smashed cocktail. If you’ve been here awhile this was one of the first ET cocktails. Now I’ll be revamping this post soon and adjusting the recipe as I’ve tweaked it over the years. This whiskey drink is filled with berries and lemon that makes for a delightfully boozy sipper. It’s perfect for game days, movie nights, and Labor Day with it’s festive red color.
Second up, we closed out summer with a Tiki Mule. This cocktail is a pain killer meets moscow mule. With spicy notes of ginger, sweet notes of pineapple, and tons of garnishes to make you want to take a vacation. It is the perfect way to say good bye to those final summer BBQs and pool parties!
Lastly, and my personal favorite. The Secret Garden Cocktail. This gin and champagne cocktail has notes of mint, lavender, and elderflower. The secret? When held to the light it glitters like dew in a garden. This is my go to for showers, girls nights, and bachelorette parties. Plus it’s a drink that just makes you say, “WOW!” Which, everyone loved!
I had the most fun I’ve had all year teaching these wonderful attendees the ins and outs of the home bar. It didn’t help that the attendees were excited and ready to get involved! Everyone had the most wonderful spirits. We had some stellar laughs, shaked what our Momma’s gave us, and enjoyed the fun of what the day was. Plus it gave me a good look at how passionate I am about this creative space of mine and getting to share it openly.
Needless to say this was one fun event and it did not lack in the color. I’m still swooning over all these photos.
I can’t wait to get my hands back into a workshop to share more of my passion. I want to give a huge thank you to Lauren, who went above and beyond. I had no doubt that her stellar vision would come alive but to see it in person was even more impressive. I’m so honored she let me be apart of this. I also want to give another big thank you to Ashley, for being my third and fourth set of hands to keep the bar running that day. You are the most stellar of friends and promoter.
So I am feeling a little light headed in the best of ways and it’s not from the booze. I’m still on a high from that weekend and it’s really put a fire in me to find new ways to create boozy content. If you’ve been following along for awhile now, I just want to say thank you for doing so. If you’re new, welcome and I’m glad you’re here. I’m elated to share this passion of mine with you. I hope it’s inspired you to give a go at cocktail making.
Until next time, cheers.
One last thank you to Stacy for taking the most fabulous photos. You are the bomb.
The photos in this post were taken by Stacy Anderson Photography, all credit and rights belong to her.
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