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Zeta Bartender School

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Hilton Sydney re-opened in lavish style in 2006 after an enormous make-over. Running though the block between Pitt and George Streets in the centre of Sydney, the hotel has been a landmark since 1975. Rejuvenated and chic, the Hilton Sydney boasts the city's largest health club, fine dining, stylish bars, pool and spa.

Rooms and suites are up-to-the minute in décor, have wireless Internet access, desk with ergonomic chair and chaise lounge for comfortable television viewing.

Zeta Bar is the place in town to unwind over a smooth cocktail or icy cold beer. Its terrace is perfect for enjoying the company of friends, having a drink and taking in the city skyline. Zeta Bars are legendary in London, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and the Sydney version is quickly catching on. It won the 2006 Australian Hotels Association's Cocktail Bar of the Year award.

If you love what they do, why not indulge in a bartender course with mixologists Grant Collins and bar manager Mikey Enright? They conduct Belvedere vodka master classes, the ultimate in cocktail making.

Students are greeted by Grant and Mikey with a welcome cocktail … maybe a Belvedere Pomarancza Sunset or Belvedere Luxury Cosmopolitan. Then there is a 30-minute talk by the mixologists covering the balance in cocktails and their consistent production.

You will be shown the appropriate utensils and glassware, fresh produce, spirits, liqueurs and juices, sugar syrup and fresh ice. You will learn to shake, muddle and use a bar spoon with enthusiasm and even learn about molecular mixology and freshly chipped block ice. There will be flaring and flaming demonstrations which will certainly impress when you are entertaining at home!

A 15-minute canapé break is taken on the terrace and then you put all you've learnt to the test. Students make cocktails and are judged on balance, presentation, cleanliness and of course taste.

Turn your hand at making a Cosmopolitan which enjoyed popularity in the Sex in the City television series.

  • Blend 45ml of Belvedere Cytrus
  • 15ml of Grand Marnier
  • 60ml of Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
  • 10ml fresh lemon juice

You will learn all about the martini, gimlet, Moscow mule and loads of other exotic cocktails … just in time for your Christmas and New Year get-togethers.

Watch the preview of next week's show


The Hilton Sydney.


Zeta Bar Belvedere Bar School is $85 per person including drinks on arrival, canapés and a two-hour class.

The Zeta Bar Kit is $375. It includes all engraved cocktail mixing equipment.

For more information

Hilton Sydney
488 George Street
Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9266 2000

Zeta Bar
Level 4
488 George St
Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9326 9288

User comments
great family viewing. just wondering if you can tell me the name of the music that accompanied both catriona's and jules' reports?
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Great segment. Are there any of these type of fun courses at bars in Brisbane? Great girls afternoon out I would say! Thanks Penny
There has got to be somewhere in Melbourne that offers something like this!!!!!???????

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