Making top-notch cocktails at home is one thing, but even the best-stocked liquor cabinet and a mastery of Tupperware “shakers” can’t replace a good chat with a knowledgeable bartender. And though lockdown restrictions are easing, we’re still a while away from regular Friday night knock-offs with friends.

That’s why we’re launching The Cocktail Show – a six-week interactive series streaming live on Instagram from 6pm on Friday nights, beginning June 5.

The Cocktail Show will be hosted by former Triple J breakfast presenter and author Alex Dyson, now of Matt & Alex’s All Day Breakfast podcast, along with Melbourne drinks specialist Dave Kerr, former owner of much-loved Carlton dive bar The Beaufort (RIP).

Each week Dyson and Kerr will make a cocktail showcasing a different spirit, from Ketel One Vodka, Talisker 10 Whisky and Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Scotch Whisky, to Tanqueray No. Ten London Dry Gin, Belsazar Vermouth and Don Julio Tequila.

On Mondays we’ll be asking our audience to vote for the cocktail they’d like to see prepared. Voting starts on Monday June 1 via a poll on our Instagram.

We’ll announce the winning drink on Wednesdays. This gives you time to pick up the ingredients (via Shortlyst) before tuning in on Friday to the live show on Broadsheet IGTV, where you can watch and create the winning drink along with Alex and Dave, with viewers commenting, asking questions and discovering tips along the way.

Use the hashtag #thebroadsheetcocktailshow to submit a snap of your own cocktail creation and go in the running to win a weekly prize pack of cocktail ingredients from our friends at World Class Drinks (for terms and conditions, click here).

After the final episode, we’ll pick the best submission of the series, with the winner taking home a drinks trolley from Tait, designed by Adam Goodrum, a cocktail-making kit, plus essential spirits, so you can keep shaking once The Cocktail Show ends.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with World Class Drinks.