Cocktail event is set to mix things up

Funkin to bring its Innovation Lab to Glasgow next month

Alistair Kelsey of Crucible in action at one of the earlier workshop events

BAR staff in Glasgow will have the chance to sharpen their skills when the firm behind cocktail mixer and fruit puree brand Funkin brings its Innovation Lab workshop to the city for the first time.

The event on August 1, which is free to attend, will be hosted by Stuart Bale and Alistair Kelsey of bartender consultancy Crucible and focus on the importance of balancing flavours in cocktails.

“Training is of vital importance when it comes to recommending, creating and serving cocktails,” said Andrew King, managing director of Funkin. “Latest CGA data shows that 72% of people believe that well-trained and knowledgeable bar staff are important in the decision to drink cocktails and those who are able to advise and guide consumers through a cocktail menu and selection are seen as adding value to the overall drinking experience.”

The Glasgow workshop, at Five March bar on Elderslie Street on August 1, follows similar events in Bristol and Manchester, which were held in May, and has been designed to act as a precursor to the launch of Funkin’s Innovation Champion competition in September.

As well as Bale and Kelsey, the workshop will see last year’s competition winner, Aiste Valiukaite, demonstrating her cocktail-making skills.

She said: “The Funkin Innovation Labs are educational, inspirational and also a great place to meet other very talented and knowledgeable bartenders.

“Continuous and consistent improvement is at the core of every great bartender.”

Anyone interested in taking part should contact their Funkin representative or email for information.