EC Montreal’s English and French plus programme is Gastronomy. Our students learn early on in the programme that gastronomy entails a lot more than food. The session options also include mixology lessons, wine tasting and barista workshops. When you sign up to the gastronomy programme, EC Montreal organizes two sessions per week. You have the choice of culinary classes, pastry making, food tours, cooking demonstrations as well as the very fun and exciting cocktail sessions.
One of our favourite gastronomy vendors in the city of Montreal is Ateliers et Saveurs. They have a wide variety of mixology lessons and wine tasting sessions. I had the pleasure of attending their classes on several occasions and now, I can make the most fabulous cocktails anytime I want! I have showed off these bar-tending skills at my dinner parties and everyone is always very impressed.
Summer is here and it is a time to enjoy refreshing and festive cocktails. My favourite cocktail is the mojito! I learned how to make this drink at Ateliers et Saveurs.
For my version of the classic mojito, you will need the following ingredients and supplies:
Fresh lime juice
I like to make pitchers of mojitos, so you set it out at the bar or dining table for people to serve themselves.
Place 8 to 10 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and add 1 tablespoon of simple syrup or sugar. Add several tablespoons of fresh lime juice and 4 to 6 drops of the angostura bitters. Muddle the mint leaves with the juice, bitters and sugar mixture. Make sure you do this for a good minute or two to release the mint flavours and to marry all the ingredients.
Next add 4 to 6 ounces of rum, depending on how strong you like your drinks. Put ice cubes in the shaker and shake, shake, shake. A good tip is to count until fifty! Pour the mixture into a tall glass and top with soda water. You can garnish your drink with extra mint leaves and lime wedges.
This is the classic mojito recipe but there are so many variations you can try! You can muddle in your favourite fruits or cucumbers to add other flavours.
We will be posting the mojito recipe on Microsoft Teams where you can access your English or French online lessons.