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Spirits & Mixology Classes

Upcoming Classes

Signature Summer Cocktails from Kingsley

Miranda Helck
Wednesday July 5, 6:30-9pm
$95 • 1 session

Join Miranda Helck, mixologist at the East Village’s Kingsley, which Zagat named as the year's top newcomer and best American restaurant in NYC. Roll up your sleeves and learn from the driving force behind Kingsley’s innovative seasonal bar program as you get hands-on to make four of her summer signature cocktails. Helck will discuss her approach to developing four all-new seasonal bar menus every year, and introduce you to her favorite summer-friendly liquors, ingredients, and techniques. You'll make cocktails with a focus on seasonal and sustainable local goods, including green strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and berries, as well as liquors perfect for warmer weather.

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Signature Cocktails from Amor y Amargo

Sother Teague
Monday, June 19, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Join Sother Teague, beverage director at Amor y Amargo (and president of the U.S. Bartenders Guild's NYC chapter) for an immersion into cocktails made with amari (herb-based tinctures, bitters, and liquors). After an introduction to the diverse world of amari, including a tasting of a variety of bitter ingredients, you'll do some hands-on mixing, learning to make two signature cocktails from the current menu. You’ll also learn the tricks to making a classic cocktail of your invention, and create your own Dealer’s Choice Manhattan or Old Fashioned.

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Signature Cocktails from Empellón

Graham Oliveria
Tuesday, July 25, 6:30-9pm
$95 • 1 session

Join Graham Oliveira, mixologist at Empellón—the new Midtown flagship restaurant of Alex Stupak’s high-end Mexican empire—to explore the world of agave-based cocktails. You’ll learn how tequila and mezcal are made, and enjoy a tasting of those spirits along with some of the restaurant's bespoke house-made cocktail ingredients. You'll then learn to make three of Empellón's signature agave-based cocktails from the current bar menu.

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ICE Happy Hour: Summertime Cocktails

Thursday, June 8, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, August 24, 6:30-8pm
$70 • 1 session

Enjoy learning the tricks of the trade in just 90 minutes, and you'll quickly become the head bartender at any party! Warm weather calls for cool cocktails. In this short and refreshing course, you will learn how to shake, stir, and mix up an array of summery beachside beverages, including: Basil Gimlet; John Daly (the alcoholic Arnold Palmer); and Strawberry Mojito.

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Happy Hour: Mad Men Cocktails

Thursday, May 19, 6-7:30pm
or Thursday, July 13, 6:30-8pm
$70 • 1 session

Start your night at ICE: Learn the tricks of the trade to make retro cocktails that would make Don Draper feel right at home in a space-age bachelor pad. You'll learn to make: the classic Whiskey Sour; Gibson; Tom Collins; and Harvey Wallbanger.

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Introduction to Mixology

Michael Cecconi
Thursday, May 4, 6:30-9:30pm
or Thursday, September 14, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Join Michael Cecconi, bar chief at San Francisco's Two Sisters Bar & Books, for an introduction to the world of cocktails. Besides learning to make well-balanced and delectable classic cocktails, you will also taste your way through the essential spirits of a home bar, and become familiar and comfortable using the tools of the trade. We'll make Martinis; Mojitos; Piña Coladas; French 75s, and more.

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The Mixology of Mexico

Michael Cecconi
Friday, May 5, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

The mighty agave plant is the provider of that Scotch from south of the border, Mezcal, and its close cousin, Tequila. These two spirits are much maligned, but there is far more to them than most imbibers know. So forget about the worm and all the inferior shots at inferior parties. Instead, let experienced bar consultant Michael Cecconi lead you through a tasting overview as well as mixing techniques and recipesfor these absolutely delicious, frequently misunderstood liquors—just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

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Advanced Mixology

Michael Cecconi
Saturday, May 6, 6:30-9:30pm
Or Saturday, September 16, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Cocktail craftsman Michael Cecconi works with a DIY mentality, coupled with a love of great-tasting cocktails, to teach you new ways to spice up the classics and construct your own unique concoctions. In this class, you will make homemade tonic, various reductions, flavored ices, pumpkin liqueur, and more, then learn to use those in the drinks that best highlight them.

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Mixology Basics

Monday, May 8, 6:30-8:30pm
or Saturday, June 3, 6:30-8:30pm
or Friday, July 7, 6:30-8:30pm
or Tuesday, August 8, 6:30-8:30pm
or Friday, September 15, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Take a crash course in the essentials of cocktail mixology, then recreate these classic drinks at home and at parties. We'll cover mixing, muddling, martinis, making your own sour mix, and more! Our instructors will lead you as you practice making (and consuming) cocktails including: Mint Julep, Gimlet, Margarita, and Gin & Tonic.

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ICE Happy Hour: Big Easy Cocktails

Thursday, May 25, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, August 3, 6:30-8pm
$70 • 1 session

A visit to Bourbon Street means no shortage of cocktails. In this compact course, you'll mix it up N'awlins style as you learn to master the classic cocktails of the Crescent City's French Quarter. On the menu: Sazerac; a variation on the Old-Fashioned; Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane; Ramos Gin Fizz; and Pimm’s Cup.

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ICE Happy Hour: Classic Cocktails

Friday, June 9, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, June 29, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, July 27, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, August 17, 6:30-8pm
or Saturday, September 23, 6:30-8pm
$70 • 1 session

Instead of ordering a cocktail after work, why not come and learn to make it yourself? In just one and a half hours, you will prepare four classic drinks and take home recipes that will guarantee you'll never go thirsty again at cocktail time. On your drinks list: Classic Martinis and Manhattans (plus variations); the Old-Fashioned; and Ernest Hemingway's Daiquiri.

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Couples Cocktails

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, June 7, 6:30-9:30pm
$180 for two • 1 session

The couple that plays together stays together—and what’s more fun than making drinks for two? Join the ICE Director of Beverage Studies Anthony Caporale as you learn to make amazing His-n-Hers Cocktails: a new way for couples to enjoy drinks together. Each His-n-Hers pairing consists of two cocktails with complementary flavor profiles—one geared toward a more masculine palette and presentation and the other toward more feminine tastes. The flavors are designed to be mixed, preferably through an after-sip kiss. The ingredients, while of high quality, are commonly available, making everything accessible and easy to prepare.

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Bartending 101

Anthony Caporale
Wednesdays July 5-12, 6:30-8:30
$150 • 2 sessions

Are you a working bartender looking to take your technique and product knowledge to the next level? Are you a cocktail aficionado who wants to learn how the pros make drinks? If you want a rock-solid foundation in the history, science, and skills behind professional mixology, this course is for you. During the first session, you will learn the history, traditions, and production methods behind each major category of alcoholic beverage and discuss their flavor profiles and common uses. You’ll do tastings of the popular brands, then learn all of the most common drinks for each liquor. The very hands-on second session will cover recipes and mixing techniques for both classic and modern cocktails. You’ll learn all about bar setup, glassware, pouring, mixing techniques for each type of drink, best practices, service speed and working clean, recipes, and popular cocktails.

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Blender and Boat Drinks

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday July 26, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Nothing says summer like the aroma of tropical fruits emanating from a whirring blender on the gently rocking deck of a boat. Learn how to transform your home or backyard into a getaway cruise with the most exotic frozen drinks and the freshest tropical cocktails this side of paradise. You will start with classics like Daiquiris, Piña Coladas, Hurricanes, and Zombies, then work your way to more eclectic ingredients and recipes. In this very hands-on class, you will get to make and taste each drink under the watchful eye of master mixologist Anthony Caporale.

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Classic Cocktails, Deconstructed

Michael Cecconi
Friday, September 15, 6:30-9:30pm
$90 • 1 session

Has it really all been done before? Come to learn about the classics, since they're the
foundation upon which we build. More important, you'll join Michael Cecconi as he takes those classics apart and shows you how to put them back together as harder, better, faster, stronger cocktails. We'll quaff new versions of these drinks for our (de)liberation: Old Fashioned, Sazerac; Martinez; Negroni; French 75; and Cosmopolitan.

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Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Mixology

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, May 10, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Join Anthony Caporale for a hands-on sequel to our consistently sold-out Whiskey,
Bourbon, and Scotch Tasting class! You'll master the making of eight classic whiskey cocktails, including: Bourbon and Branch, Seven and Seven, Old Fashioned, Rusty Nail, Classic Manhattan, Dry and Smoky Rob Roy, Bourbon Whiskey Sour, and Sazerac. Then we'll explore ways to customize these drinks to perfectly suit your tastes—and your guests'. If you've already taken our Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Tasting class, this is the ideal next step to apply your knowledge. If you haven't, this class will provide a fantastic overview of how to use whiskey in creating a fantastic cocktail.

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Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Tasting

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30-9:30pm
or Wednesday September 6, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Whether you're a Scotch drinker or a bourbon fan, or you just want to develop an appreciation for dark liquors, this course is for you. Anthony Caporale will introduce you to the history and science behind cask-aged spirits. You will learn the correct way to taste and evaluate different styles, sample both common and rare brands, and compare flavor profiles. Come over to the dark side and find out how fun and accessible the world of whiskey can be! Be sure to sign up for our companion Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Mixology class as well, and get hands-on experience making classic cocktails using these spirits!

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