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Professional Mixology

Master the art of mixology at ICE

Intensive Course

Training for creative and business-minded bartenders

Are you a working bartender looking to elevate your craft? A cocktail aficionado who wants to gain professional skills? ICE’s six-session Professional Mixology course will provide the foundation in the history, science and hands-on skills that you’ll need to stir, shake and speak about cocktails with authority. Held in our state-of-the-art Mixology Center, the program is designed and taught by ICE Director of Spirits Education, Anthony Caporale. 

Learn more about the Professional Mixology curriculum below.


Quick Facts

Next Start Date: October 16, 2019

Duration: 6 weeks

Class Times: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Tuition: $595


The Mixology Center at ICE

Once the stuff of vintage "Mad Men" nostalgia, craft cocktails have rapidly become one of the most lucrative and far-reaching trends in the hospitality industry. At ICE's dedicated Mixology Center, students have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the environment of the world's top mixologists. Train behind a state-of-the-art bar designed by leading cocktail experts. Overseen by ICE Director of Beverage Studies, Anthony Caporale, mixology classes span such subjects as classic '60s cocktails, greenmarket mixology and modernist cocktail concepts. Watch to learn more.

An Expert Mixologist

In a project with ICE, Anthony teamed up with Food & Wine magazine's former editor in chief Dana Cowin to explore the fundamentals behind making the perfect martini in a four-part video series.

Meet Anthony Caporale

Over the course of his multifaceted career, Anthony has consulted on the bar programs for Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, Bloomingdales’ Flip! Burger and 48 Lounge in Rockefeller Center.

He has also spearheaded YouTube’s very first bartender training series, "Art of the Drink," and garnered rave reviews for his off-Broadway show, "The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking." In his most recent project with ICE, he teamed up with Food & Wine magazine's former editor in chief Dana Cowin to explore the fundamentals behind making the perfect martini in a four part video series.

Today, Anthony’s multidisciplinary talents have made beverage management one of the most dynamic elements of ICE’s career programs: “Being a great bar or beverage manager used to be a bonus for front-of-house professionals, because all the cocktails were standardized. But today, with the renaissance of cocktail culture, it’s expected that restaurants put as much thought and expertise into their bar as their food menu — otherwise, every single reviewer will destroy you.”

As part of his curriculum, Anthony performs the role of mixology myth buster, exposing the economic and human resources issues that can sink even the most exciting bar program. “People always say you make all your money behind the bar in restaurants. It’s laughable because you’re literally tracking liquid, which is much, much harder than noticing the disappearance of silverware or chicken breasts. In fact, most restaurants are losing money behind the bar because they haven’t properly trained and motivated their staff.”

For ICE students and bar professionals alike, Anthony’s no-nonsense take on the industry is as refreshing as a summertime gin and tonic: “Good bartenders always remember that the craft is not about making the drink, it’s about serving the drink. People will forgive a mediocre drink if the service is amazing, but they won’t come back for an amazing drink served by a messy or rude bartender.”

Chpt4%20French%20Champagne%20Punch-001-300dpi-uncropped_375x375.jpgAre 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. ICE Director of Spirits Education, Anthony Caporale, is your guide through six evenings that will dramatically transform your cocktail expertise.

  • Wednesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • $595 • 6 sessions

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Session 1

Introduction to Professional Mixology

Learn the history, traditions and production methods behind each major category of alcoholic beverage (vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, bourbon and Scotch), discuss their flavor profiles, taste popular brands and learn the most common uses for each liquor.

Session 2

Mixology Techniques

This very hands-on session will cover recipes and mixing techniques for both classic and modern cocktails. You’ll learn all about bar setup, glassware, pouring and mixing techniques for each type of drink. You'll also learn some best practices, service speed and how to work 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). You'll then have the opportunity to make each drink under Anthony Caporale’s guidance.

Session 3

Classic Cocktails

Every bartender has been stumped by a guest who orders a drink he or she has never heard of before. With the thousands of different recipes listed in bartending books, it's nearly impossible to learn them all. While the majority of cocktails included in these ponderous tomes are never ordered in the real world, there are several dozen drinks that every good bartender (professional or recreational) should commit to memory. Anthony Caporale has compiled these must-know cocktails into his "Bartender's Canon," and will lead you through mixing them all! 

Session 4

Culinary Mixology

Take your cocktails to the next level and start mixing like a chef. Anthony Caporale 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 window-box garden closer to your bar after this class!

Session 5

Bar Management Basics/Wine & Beer Cocktails

You'll be introduced to the basics of running a successful bar program, including how to create a profitable drink menu, developing signature recipes, inventory management, product ordering and theft prevention. The second half will explore the latest trends in wine and beer cocktails, and how to incorporate these drinks into your beverage offerings.

Session 6

Cocktail Recipe Development

Every bartender aspires to one day create the next great drink, but few understand the flavor interactions that turn new cocktails into classics. This class will cover the templates behind successful drinks, and provide you with a solid foundation for developing signature cocktails that not only taste great, but are also profit-drivers. Once you've mastered the theory behind recipe development, you'll get to try your hand at creating your very own liquid masterpiece!

Ready to dive into mastering mixology?

Our next class begins Wednesday, October 16.

Session 1: Introduction to Professional Mixology.
Session 2: Mixology Techniques.
Session 3: Classic Cocktails.
Session 4: Culinary Mixology.
Session 5: Bar Management Basics/Wine & Beer Cocktails.
Session 6: Cocktail Recipe Development.