Find your cullinary voice

Professional Mixology

ICE's new Professional Mixology program to teach the fundamentals of opening and running your own bar.Training for creative and business-minded bartenders

In the last ten years, few aspects of the food and hospitality industry have seen as much progress and innovation as the craft of cocktails. With the emergence of celebrity mixologists and their signature drinks, as well as speakeasy-style bars, the demand for highly skilled, creative cocktail experts has grown.

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 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 Beverage Studies, Anthony Caporale. The creator of YouTube’s first instructional cocktail series, Art of the Drink, and the acclaimed Off-Broadway show, "The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking," Caporale is widely regarded as one of the premiere cocktail educators in the field. Having developed bar programs for numerous NYC establishments, including Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, as well as national restaurant chains, his experience combines the best of high end luxury cocktails and proven bar business strategy.
 

Course Details

Director of Beverage Studies Anthony Caporale
Wednesdays, September 27-November 1, 6:30-9:30pm
or Wednesdays, January 17-February 28, 6:30-9:30pm
$595 • 6 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. ICE Director of Beverage Studies Anthony Caporale is your guide through six evenings that will dramatically transform your cocktail expertise.

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), and 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, 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). 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!

Click here to register.

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 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.”

For more information or to register, click here or call (800) 522-4610.

Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Tasting

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday September 6, 6:30-8:30pm 
or Wednesday, December 13, 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!

Click here to register.

Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch Mixology

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, December 20, 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 an excellent cocktail. 

Click here to register.

ICE Happy Hour: Classic Cocktails

Saturday, September 23, 6:30-8pm
or Friday, October 13, 6:30-8pm
or Saturday, December 9, 6:30-8pm
or Tuesday, December 26, 6:30-8:30pm
or Tuesday, January 2, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, January 18, 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.

Click here to register.

ICE Happy Hour: Big Easy Cocktails

Anthony Caporale
Friday, October 6, 6:30-8pm
or Thursday, November 30, 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.

Click here to register.

ICE Happy Hour: Mad Men Cocktails

Anthony Caporale
Friday, November 3, 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.

Click here to register.

Basic Mixology

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30-8:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Learn the basics of mixology as you make classic and modern cocktails (which you can then make at home) with simple bar equipment. Led by Anthony Caporale, producer and host of Art of the Drink TV and beverage director for Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay's flagship restaurant, you will practice making popular cocktails including: Cape Codder; Tom Collins; Margarita; Classic Martini; Manhattan; and more.

Click here to register.

Introduction to Mixology

Michael Cecconi
Thursday, September 14, 6:30-9:30pm
or Friday, December 15, 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.

Click here to register.

Mixology Basics

Anthony Caporale
Friday, September 15, 6:30-8:30pm
or Wednesday, October 11, 6:30-8:30pm
or Monday, December 18, 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.

Click here to register.

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.

Click here to register.

Advanced Mixology

Michael Cecconi
Saturday, September 16, 6:30-9:30pm

$95 • 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.

Click here to register.

Culinary Mixology

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30-9:30pm
$95 • 1 session

Take your cocktails to the next level and start mixing like a chef. Instructor 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 liquor cabinet closer to your window-box garden after this class!

Click here to register.

Bartending 101

Anthony Caporale
Wednesdays, Nov 29 & Dec 6, 6:30-9:30pm
or Wednesdays, January 3 & 10, 6:30-9:30pm
$150 • 1 session

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. You'll then have the opportunity to make each drink. 

Click here to register.

Winter Mixology

Michael Cecconi
Saturday, December 16, 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!

Click here to register.

Holidays on ICE

Michael Cecconi
Sunday, December 17, 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.

Click here to register.

Molecular Mixology

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, March 7, 6:30-9:30pm
$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.

Click here to register.

Couples Cocktails

Anthony Caporale
Wednesday, February 14, 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.

Click here to register.

Get more info

Request a free info packet or schedule a personal tour

Speak to an admissions rep:
(888) 354-2433

Find your cullinary voice