Join No.3 Gin and the Waitrose cookery school for a masterclass on how to perfectly pair gin cocktails & food dishes together.

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Get hands on stirring the perfect Vesper martini and cook along with one of our Waitrose cookery school chefs to make the perfect accompaniment, a roasted shallot and chestnut crostini, perfect for this festive season.

No.3 Gin; the most refreshing balance of Juniper, citrus & spice, has been awarded World’s Best Gin four times over. No.3 is a classic London Dry Gin, synonymous with quality, craftmanship and sophistication, it's ‘Gin Perfection’.

(This class requires some preparation in advance - see below).

What you’ll take away:

  • Learn how to stir the perfect Martini
  • Learn how to pair food and cocktails
  • Make a seasonal canape

Serves: Makes 8 starter dishes or 16 canapes (crostini)

Duration: This session lasts approx. 1 hour.


For the crostini:

  • 125g ricotta
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 300g echalion shallots
  • 1 tsp hot horseradish sauce
  • 100g cooked chestnuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 ciabatta loaf, thinly sliced
  • Sea salt

For the Vesper Martini:

  • 50ml No.3 Gin
  • 20ml Vodka
  • 10ml Bianco vermouth - Cinzano/Martini
  • 2 Dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange twist
  • 1 bag of ice


For the crostini:

  • Oven proof pan - cast iron or heavy based pan
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • 2 Large baking trays
  • Blender
  • 1 medium bowl

For the Vesper Martini:

  • Mixing glass
  • Bar spoon (or chopstick)
  • Hawthorn strainer (or slotted spoon)
  • Jigger (or egg cup)
  • Peeler
  • Martini glass or coupette

Prepare ahead: For this class, you'll need to make your roasted shallots in advance, following step 1 of the recipe HERE.

About your instructor: You’ll be led through this class with an experienced mixologist from No.3 and one of our skilled chefs from the Waitrose Cookery School.

Joining a virtual experience: Our Virtual Experiences will take place via Zoom. We’d recommend using a laptop or desktop if possible to make it easier for you to take part. Two days before your Virtual Experience, we’ll send you full details on how to join.

Please note: T&C’s apply.


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