VIP Cocktail Master Class | Marina Sunset Bar

They say you should never mix your drinks… Obviously, they haven’t attended a cocktail-making masterclass at Marina Sunset Bar!

On Tuesday 4 June, The Adelaide Insider was invited to attend a VIP Cocktail Master Class at Marina Sunset Bar in Glenelg, where we had the chance shake things up by making five of our own cocktails.

Marina Sunset Bar‘s director and resident bartending expert Justin Daysh took us on an informative journey back in time, educating us on how each cocktail come into creation and even taking us right back to when the term ‘cocktail’ was first coined in 1806.


Espresso Martini

Tia Maria, Licor 43 and Fresh Espresso

A tried and tested crowd favourite, the Espresso Martini combines two beloved ingredients – coffee and alcohol! Originally called The Vodka Espresso or the Pharmaceutical Stimulant, British bartending guru Dick Bradsell is credited for creating the drink at Fred’s Club in the late 1980s, when a young model sidled up to the bar and asked for something to “wake me up and f**k me up”.


Dark & Stormy

Mount Gay Rum, Ginger Beer and Fresh Lime

Known as the unofficial drink of Bermuda, the Dark & Stormy allegedly got its name from an old sailor who compared the drink’s murky hue to the color of storm clouds. Originally made from Goslings’ Black Seal Rum, it was said that during WWI sailors from the Royal Naval Officer’s Club added ginger beer to create the beverage we all know and love today.


Disaronno Sour

Disaronna Amaretto, Lemon Juice, Egg White and Sugar

Rumour has it that the Disaronna Sour came to fruition in the States during the 1970s, when Italian spirits and liqueurs were the latest up-and-coming trend to hit the bar scene. The Italian community had been trying to introduce their drinks into the country for a while, but it seemed that the bitterness of Italian spirits was not that popular amongst the Americans. The Italians never gave up, and eventually won the Americans over with a beverage that was uniqely nutty, highly palatable and definitely on the sweeter side.



Sierra Reposado Tequila, Cointreau and Lime Juice

The Margarita is a mystery cocktail shrouded in secrecy, having no definitive backstory yet surrounded by rumours that it’s inception involves a beautiful woman. Some say it was first concocted by Mexican restaurant owner Carlos “Danny” Herrera in 1938 for gorgeous showgirl Marjorie King. Another claims that it was the brainchild of Texas socialite Margaret “Margarita” Sames, who first mixed one up at a house party in Acapulco in 1948. Others speculate it was named after actress Rita Hayworth, who was offered one by an admiring bartender during a theater gig in Tijuana in the 1940s. Whatever truth lies behind the allusive drink, to this day it continues to live on as a crowd favourite in bars across the globe.


Carajillo 43

Licor 43 and Fresh Espresso

The Carajillo 43 is a Mexican dessert cocktail that is perfect for all those sweet tooth’s out there (myself included)! Made from espresso and Licor 43, a yellow-gold elixir from the South of Spain, this sweet sip is the Spanish equivalent of an Irish Coffee, Norwegian karsk and Italy’s perfectly named caffè corretto, or “corrected coffee.” According to most history books, the first carajillos were made from coffee and rum and  mixed on Cuban plantations, being served to indentured laborers to give them coraje, or “courage,” to get through the day.

A massive thank-you goes out to the talented Scott McCarthy from Marina Sunset Bar for taking us under his wing as trainee bartenders for the evening, as well as the lovely Anna-Louise from The Marina Pier for inviting us!


Marina Sunset Bar // Shop 3 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg




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