Beginning next week, Appleton Estate Rum will launch a series of Crafted with Joy workshops. Throughout these events, the Jamaican rum brand will collaborate with a selection of UK artisans, each sharing Appleton Estate Rum’s passion and joy for their craft.
On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th October, expert blade-smiths Blenheim Forge will host a cocktail mixing spoon workshop in Peckham, educating participants in forging their own personalised cocktail mixing spoon, followed by a masterclass on how to make an Appleton Estate Rum cocktail.
Taking place in Hackney on Wednesday 31st October, the founders of Earl of East London will host a candle-making workshop – crafting hand-poured, scented candles intended to evoke the flavours and aromas of Appleton Estate. The sensory experience will be complemented by a tasting of Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old, plus an Appleton Estate cocktail masterclass.
The final Crafted with Joy event will take place on Wednesday 7th November, with Grain & Knot Benk + Bo hosting a workshop on crafting wooden chopping boards intended to be used for preparing cocktail garnishes. Each of these sessions will be hosted by Joe St Clair Ford and the Rum Boss – Lawrence Gregory, with craft workshops and a brief introduction to Jamaican rum, where guests will learn about the rum’s refined qualities as a sipping spirit, concluding with a masterclass on how to make an Appleton Estate cocktail.
Having produced rum for over 265 years, Appleton Estate Rum have shared a recipe for their Rum Old Fashioned cocktail, featuring Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old rum.
“Rum replaces whisky here to reveal the true quality of the spirit. But not just any rum – rum that is carefully crafted and aged in Jamaica for a twist on a timeless classic. Rich and full-bodied Appleton Estate Rare Blend Rum makes a truly unforgettable Rum Old Fashioned.”
50ml Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old
10ml Sugar Syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Orange peel, to garnish
Add all the ingredients (except orange peel) to a mixing glass with large cubed ice.
Stir quickly until glass frosts then strain into a rocks glass over a large block of ice.
Garnish with an orange peel.
Further information on the Crafted with Joy events can be found here. Tickets are priced at £35 and include a welcome (or post-workshop) cocktail, rum cocktail masterclass, the craft workshop and a Crafted with Joy take-home tasting kit. Tickets can be booked in advance from designmynight.com.