Top up your cocktail making skills with tips from award-winning mixologist Jeremy Shipley at Riverbar and Kitchen.

Learn all the tricks of the trade and impress your friends with cocktail making skills and cocktails that taste just as good as they look.

I’ve often watched bartenders making cocktails and love the way they turn the task into a theatrical event, sometimes throwing shakers into the air and catching them behind their back.  Well you won’t learn cocktail juggling skills in Jeremy Shipley’s cocktail making class at Riverbar & Kitchen, but you will learn how to make three very delicious cocktails that all have an interesting twist.

Jeremy has been a leading figure in Australia’s bartending and cocktail scene for more than a decade with a prestigious ‘Best of the Best Bars’ award from Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine.  He’s also co-authored a top selling cocktail book, ‘Shaken’ which will give you some of his tips, however there’s nothing like learning straight from the source and Riverbar’s Cocktail Masterclass gives you that opportunity.

I learnt that a little downward force would be much more effective when muddling my limes and how to twist my wrist to make a classic mojito.

The class includes a recipe and making instructions with tips for three cocktails –

  • Hotel Georgia Demonstrating a classic twist based on the ‘50s era and how old-school gin drinks have become cool once more.
  • Mojito The classic cocktail that immediately springs to mind for grown-up dinner parties, mainly because it can be made in advance of guests arriving!
  • Plum Shino A wonderful variation on the Whisky Sour, this is a fabulous Winter cocktail that leverages the current popularity of Japanese whisky.

Jeremy’s next class runs from 6pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 28 August. It’s one and a half hours of cocktail masterclass fun and teaches enthusiastic ‘students’ all the tricks. Class costs $45 per person and has a real hands-on so that students shake, stir, and sample several cocktail masterpieces. This is a fun, simple, step-by-step lesson in making and serving some of the world’s most iconic cocktails, and tickets can be purchased through Riverbar and Kitchen.

And to get you into the cocktail making mood  – here’s a recipe for one of the classics.


Glassware: Tall/ highball
60mls Havana Club 3yo
Good handful fresh mint leaves (12-15 leaves)
4 lime chunks
20mls sugar syrup or 2 tbsp caster sugar
30-45mls soda
In glass muddle lime with sugar. Clap mint in palm of hand and add to glass.
¾ fill glass with ice and add rum. Stir to mix everything together.
Top with ice and add soda.
Garnish: plump mint sprig