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Spirits & Mixology Classes

Upcoming Classes

Beer

Beer and Cheese Pairings

Ethan Fixell
Saturday, September 10, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Wine lovers doth protest, but the fact is that no beverage pairs better with cheese than beer. The vast number of beer styles out there provide a wide enough range of flavors and aromas to harmonize beautifully with the firmest, nuttiest Gouda, or the softest, stinkiest Camembert. Allow beer writer and Certified Cicerone Ethan Fixell to convince you of this truth, as he demonstrates the basics of how to pair beer with a variety of delicious cheeses. After tasting the featured combinations in this exciting new class, you too will be able to identify the best dairy products to enjoy with a crisp, clean pilsner, a sour Belgian lambic, or a sweet Russian imperial stout, among many other revelations.

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Beer 101

Lisa Witkowski
Monday, November 14, 6:30-8:30pm
$85 • 1 session

Beer can take so many forms that it's sometimes difficult to know where to start exploring. But this journey will take you far past vague descriptors like "hoppy" or "light"! You'll both expand your horizons and find new beers you'll love. Your guide through this world is Certified Cicerone Lisa Witkowski, of innovative Queens microbrewery Singlecut Beersmiths. As we take a tour via a number of generous pours, you'll learn: how malt and hops each influence a beer's flavor and aroma; how fermentation affects flavor, aroma, and body; what makes ales and lagers different; and a survey of some classic beer styles. The tastings will range from the easily located to the hard-to-find!

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Whiskey, Bourbon & Scotch


Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Tasting

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, September 7, 6:30-9:30pm
or Wednesday, November 30, 6:30-9:30pm
or Wednesday, February 1, 6:30-9:30pm
$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, producer and host of Art of the Drink TV and former beverage manager for Mesa Grill, 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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Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Mixology

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-8:30pm
or Wednesday, December 14, 6:30-8:30pm
or Wednesday, January 4, 6:30-8:30pm
$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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Mixology

Mixology Basics

Tuesday, September 6, 6:30-8:30pm
or Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8:30pm
or Friday, November 18, 6:30-8:30pm
or Wednesday, December 28, 6:30-8:30pm
or Friday, January 20, 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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Culinary Mixology

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

Take your cocktails to the next level and start mixing like a chef. Instructor Anthony Caporale, host of Art of the Drink TV, will show you how to make incredible drinks using herbs, spices, vegetables, and other ingredients more commonly found in the kitchen than behind the bar. You will learn to make a Seafood Bloody Mary, add bell peppers to your Mojitos, and spice up your martinis with fresh basil. You're guaranteed to move your liquor cabinet closer to your window-box garden after this class!

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Introduction to Mixology

Michael Cecconi
Thursday, September 15, 6:30-9:30pm
or Thursday, December 8, 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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Shaking It Up with Spice

Michael Cecconi
Friday, September 16, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

End the week right: Clear your sinuses and your head to by exploring spice in cocktails! As the temperature drops outside, learn how to raise the temperature in your cocktails by taming spice with sweet, sour, and savory. Michael Cecconi of EatDrinkFilms.com will teach you to mix using the wealth of flavors available from all corners of the globe. In a glass. With alcohol. We'll be featuring Thai Birdseye; Sriracha; Black Pepper; Guajillo; Wasabi; and more!

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Greenmarket Mixology

Michael Cecconi
Saturday, September 17, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Michael Cecconi learned to work seasonally by spending five years crafting the freshest cocktails for Back Forty and Savoy. With fresh, seasonal market produce, you will learn to roast, blend, and muddle your way to the best cocktails for the fall. Make an assortment of fruits and vegetables essential components of your drinks, including tomatoes, grapes, stone fruit, cucumbers, strawberries, and more!

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Bartending 101

Anthony Caporale
Wednesdays, September 21-28, 6:30-9:30pm
or Wednesdays, January 11-18, 6:30-9:30pm
$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 (vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, bourbon, Scotch, beer, and wine), 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 (straight and rocks; highballs; juice drinks, multi-liquor drinks; martinis; frozen drinks; pousse-cafés; hot drinks; beer and wine cocktails).

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The Art of the Negroni

Joe Campanale
Monday, September 26, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

As the former sommelier of Babbo and co-owner of four esteemed restaurants in NYC, Joe Campanale knows his way around high-end drinks. Here, Joe teaches you all about the beautifully complex and versatile Negroni—which traditionally uses gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. You'll become a pro at mixing this popular apéritif, with Joe as your guide to its history and construction. First we'll mix some of the classics: Campari Soda; Americano; Negroni; and Negroni Sbagliato. Then we'll move on to newer, more innovative (but equally delicious) incarnations of this legendary drink, including: Roasted Orange Negroni; Negroni Sgroppino (a frozen drink made with sorbet); Campari Shakerato; and White Negroni.

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Couples Cocktails

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, December 7, 6:30-8:30pm
$180 for two • 1 session

The couple that plays together stays together—and what’s more fun than making drinks for two? Join the host of Art of the Drink TV and 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. Your drinks include: classic and contemporary spins on His-n-Hers Martinis.

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Winter Mixology

Michael Cecconi
Friday, December 9, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Although the weather outside is frightful, Michael Cecconi has a few tricks up his sleeve to make the winter as tasty, tantalizing, and tolerable as the warmer months. Think of him as your very own St. Bernard to fortify you through the cold. You'll learn all the benefits, tricks, and tips for mixing with Homemade Grenadine, Meyer Lemons, Blood Oranges, Sloe Gin, Beets, and more!

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Holidays on ICE

Michael Cecconi
Saturday, December 10, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

With the holidays right around the corner, it's a great time to join Michael Cecconi, bar chief at San Francisco’s Two Sisters Bar & Books, for a treasure trove of cocktailing (and coping strategies!). From learning the basics of the home bar to great gift ideas to batching out cocktails for entertaining made painless, this class will provide you with techniques and recipes to enjoy the season exactly as it was meant to be enjoyed: with a great-tasting drink in hand.

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Molecular Mixology

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, January 25, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Spherification. Emulsions. In cocktails? Absolutely! Join cocktail expert Anthony Caporale as he leads you on a journey through the wonderful world of molecular mixology. We'll transform cocktails into caviar, drinks into dipping dots, and spirits into spheres, all the while learning how to safely handle equipment and ingredients. You won't want to miss this hands-on excursion into state-of-the-art cocktails.

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HAPPY HOUR AT ICE

ICE Happy Hour: Classic Cocktails

Friday, October 14, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, December 22, 6:30-8pm
$70 • 1 session

Due to the popularity of our culinary mini-courses, ICE is now offering a series of short-form classes focused on mixing up delicious, refreshing cocktails. Enjoy learning the tricks of the trade in just 90 minutes, and you'll quickly become the head bartender at any party! 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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ICE Happy Hour: Big Easy Cocktails

Friday, October 21, 6:30-8pm
or Friday, December 2, 6:30-8pm
or Sunday, December 18, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, January 19, 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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