For one week in May, bars and restaurants across the city will run more than 40 curated cocktail events for World Class Cocktail Week.

The program features tastings, masterclasses and themed cocktail parties, where you can meet (and pick the brains of) some of the best bartenders from Australia and around the world. The week will celebrate the skill and creativity behind some of Sydney’s best cocktails.

Food will play a big part in the week, with special degustation menus and paired cocktails served at some of the best bars and restaurants in Sydney. Bloodwood will pair edible flower-based dishes with edible flower-based cocktails at its floral cocktail and food match. Maybe Frank is throwing an Italian merenda (afternoon snack session), offering mortadella paninos and other special regional Italian dishes throughout the week (as well as special cocktails).

2016 World Class Bartender of the Year winner Charlie Ainsbury, who also won the title in 2014, will team up with business partner and 2013 winner Luke Ashton at their Darlinghurst bar This Must Be The Place, to recreate some of their competition-winning cocktails. Henrietta Supper Club is throwing a tiki-themed Hula Bula party, and Tokyo Bird will teach you how to carve an ice-ball.

The best thing about World Class Cocktail Week is you don’t have to be a connoisseur. The week is for the curious, regardless of experience. Chris Hysted, World Class Australia Ambassador, says he’s excited to see some Heston Blumenthal-like efforts, but also to get back to basics.

“We’ll see some bars really push the boundaries of what a cocktail is, but we’ll also have masterclasses on how to make the perfect gin and tonic,” he says. “A common misconception is that cocktails are out of reach. A lot of our masterclasses will debunk that myth.”

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Speaking of Heston and pushing boundaries, Blu Bar at Shangri-La Hotel is offering a lesson in molecular mixology. Learn to make cocktails using foams, gels, powders and sprays. You’ll also learn about the history of cocktails, and get tips on throwing your own cocktail party.

With more than 40 events squeezed into seven days, there is plenty of opportunity to drink, learn and get into the spirit of World Class Cocktail Week.

World Class Cocktail Week runs from May 9 to 15 in Sydney. View the full program of events here.

This article is presented in partnership with World Class.