This week, I had the opportunity to attend an interactive cocktail making class at The Salt Cellar in St. Paul. The class was hosted by Salt Cellar head bartender Sean Carmichael, and taught by Nicholas who is one of the bartenders at Norseman Distillery‘s new cocktail room, and I’ve gotta tell you, it was epic!
I am by no means a bartender, and my only service industry experience was hosting at the local Old Chicago. I am no pro, so as someone who is just a cocktail enthusiast, this was a really exciting endeavor. It was a pretty intimate setting with only 7 of us in the room, which ended up being the perfect size. Nervous at first, I was relieved to learn that Nicholas is new to the world of tending, and was extremely approachable. It wasn’t long before we were t-rexin’ it, backhanding our pours, and crab clawing our bar spoons.
Over the course of the evening, we were introduced to some of the lovely varieties of Norseman spirits. We had their Organic Vapor Infused Gin, Premium Vodka, Rum, and the limited summer seasonal, Strawberry Rhubarb Gin. YUUUUUM. What makes Norseman truly special, and stands it above some of the other small-batch distilleries in my book, is its hand-crafted nature. Everything is made in-house, with only the the most local of ingredients (their neighbors grow the rhubarb!).
For the class, we made three different cocktails: A vodka gimlet, negroni, and rum fizz. All three were exceptional, and I had a really hard time picking a favorite since they were so different. For this week’s cocktail, I’m going to be featuring the Rum Fizz since it’s one I haven’t made before, and was the most challenging of the three for me to make. We all love a little challenge, right?
- 1 egg
- 1/2 simple syrup
- 1 oz Lemon juice
- 2 oz Norseman Rum
- Bitters for garnish
Remove the yolk and empty the egg white into a cocktail shaker. Add simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake well until frothy (#TeamFroth!). Add rum and ice, and give another (shorter) shake. Pour into a glass, top with bitters, and enjoy!
Norseman’s rum is actually a white rum that’s aged in a whiskey barrel, so that in particular give this fizz a really rich flavor that’s definitely worth trying out. I’ll bet, if you’re too lazy to make one, you could head to their cocktail room and ask Nicholas to whip one up for you! I have yet to venture there (it’s only been open to the public for a few weeks), but it’s definitely very high up on my list of places to see! It looks pretty sweet:
With that, I will leave you to go practice my newfound skills.
PS: If that cocktail class sounds sweet, you too can learn the ways! Norseman offers Cocktail Laboratories at its new digs! You can sign up here.