Bitter Tears Workshop: Give Yourself this Christmas

Dec 15 2015 19:00 - 21:00

British Museum of Food, One Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 9DE London

Having difficulty thinking of a present for your friend or lover who has everything? What could be more meaningful than the gift of you…

Alcoholic Architecture will host a workshop where you’ll make bitters from your own pasteurised tears and memento mori jewellery from the fine hairs of your head.

From medicine cabinet to bar top, bitters have a long history of curing ailments and jushing up drinks. There are 3 types of tears; basal, reflex and psychic tears. We will aim to extract all three by various methods, from massage and menthol, in order to distil the finest bottle of bitters. Then you’ll select your aromatic herbs and spices and infuse or tincture them in high proof spirit. Then you’ll name and dedicate your bitters and make like a medieval monk in his scriptorium to pen a fine, festive label. As for memento mori, prepare to part with a strand or two and learn the art of ornamental hair work.

Arguably the most poignant and personal Christmas gift imaginable, the bitter tears will be delicious as well as a decadent gift. And imagine the neatly knotted locks of your hair hanging around your mother’s neck while she tosses the sprouts.

The ticket price includes the ‘gift of you’ workshop, accompanied by a monk brew and impassioned classical soundtrack to encourage the tears, plus an hour session and free cocktail at Alcoholic Architecture. The bitters action will take place by candlelight in the British Museum of Food, then with gifts made, you’ll be led free to enjoy the Alcoholic Architecture experience.


Every participant will leave with a memorialized vial of hair and two bottles of bitters – one to gift and the other to enhance your own libations. If you’re lacking libational creativity, worry not, for we’ll also send you off with a trio of cocktail recipes.
Hour one takes place at the British Museum of Food. Hour two takes place at Alcoholic Architecture - both SE1 9DE.

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