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Spirits & Mixology Classes

Upcoming Classes

Bartending 101

Anthony Caporale
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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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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Mixology Basics

Friday, January 20, 6:30-8:30pm
or Wednesday, January 25, 6:30-8:30pm
or Tuesday, February 14, 6:30-8:30pm
or Monday, March 13, 6:30-8:30pm
or Tuesday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm
or Monday, May 8, 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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Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Tasting

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, February 1, 6:30-9:30pm

or Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-9:30pm
or Wednesday, June 14, 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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Drinking 101: An Introduction to Beer, Wine & Spirits

Ethan Fixell
Thursday, March 2, 6:30-8:30pm
$90 • 1 session

This class provides students with a greater understanding of all alcoholic beverages by celebrating the similarities and differences among beer, wine, and spirits. Writer and Certified Cicerone Ethan Fixell will break the evening into four fascinating units: alcohol history; production (brewing, winemaking, distilling); style (big-picture categories, such as lager vs. ale; or the five most important wine grapes); and perhaps most important, food pairing (when to order what; what to look for in a pairing). Of course, throughout the evening, we'll taste all sorts of beverages to illustrate specific points in the curriculum, and explore tasting technique.

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Introduction to Mixology

Michael Cecconi
Thursday, May 4, 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 recipes for 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
$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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Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Mixology

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, May 10, 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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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 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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Happy Hour at ICE

ICE Happy Hour: Big Easy Cocktails

Thursday, January 19, 6:30-8pm
or Friday, March 3, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, May 25, 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, January 27, 6:30-8pm
or Friday, March 24, 6:30-8pm
or Friday, June 9, 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: Mad Men Cocktails

Thursday, February 2, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, April 13, 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! 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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