Cocktail Making Classes At Sugar Junction

Learn how to make cocktails


As a big fan of Sugar Junction’s original tea room in the Northern Quarter, I was a bit sceptical when I heard that it was opening a new branch on Stamford New Road in Altrincham. I wasn’t sure that the cosy atmosphere of the original could be recreated behind what looked like a pretty sterile plate glass window, formerly the home of a famous dry cleaners. How wrong I was! Pared back to the original brick and with all the quirky vintage vibe of the Tib Street tearoom, Sugar Junction Altrincham has really brought something new to the town centre.

Founder Alex Watts took the unusual step of consulting his customers via social media about whether his first café outside the city centre should go North to the Prestwich area or come to south Manchester. The result was overwhelmingly in south Manchester’s favour and the refurbishment of the former Johnson’s Cleaners began on Stamford New Road in January with the grand opening in June. The new cafe provides the same fantastic selection of freshly cooked fare as its metropolitan cousin, not to mention twenty-five blends of tea!

However, it is the Sugar Junction expertise in cocktail making (shaking?) that will be passed on in classes next month. Cocktail fans will be instructed in art of making five different festive cocktails in classes on the 12th and 14th of December. Classes will start at 6pm and will be limited to 10 participants. The cost is £15, including cake! The atmosphere will be relaxed with beginners very welcome. Sounds like great fun!  

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