Updated: March 3, 2020
How do you choose your booze? Is it the sweetness, bitterness, or the buzzing effect that prevails? When it comes to cocktails, much like with gourmet meals, the key is proportion and quality–trusting the classics while also embracing new methods. There are some great cocktail making classes in New York City, so if you’re interested in becoming an expert mixologist, take a look at these top picks.
#1 – Liquid Lab NYC
Top quality liquor and classic cocktails with a twist—that’s how things are served at Liquid Lab NYC. The instructors here are energetic and fun, and their mixology workshops are a perfect fit for home enthusiasts and cocktail aficionados. They specialize in corporate team building & private parties either at their midtown location or they’ll come to you. The generous menu includes 4 cocktails including modern mixology, Prohibition-era drinks, and some good ol’ fashioned classics, all featuring seasonal ingredients.
GO HERE FOR: corporate team building & private events
#2 – CocuSocial
Cooking meets socializing at this versatile cooking school in New York City. Partnering with local restaurants and hotels as well as popular local culinary professionals, it’s hard to beat CocuSocial for sheer variety–or for price. Check out their cocktail making class, offered most Thursdays and Fridays.
GO HERE FOR: fun atmosphere, great price
#3 – Apotheke
Learn how to make interesting cocktails from eclectic ingredients at Apotheke in Lower Manhattan, known for their signature absinthe-based cocktails for example. But it’s not all about absinthe, here they combine spirits with organic and garden fresh ingredients too. We’re talking tomatoes, gooseberries, and lemongrass, all used to emphasize the flavor and garnish the drinks in style. Try the Agave Cocktail Making class, Fresh Market Mixology, or Prohibition Era drinks every Saturday in their two-hour classes.
GO HERE FOR: hip vibe, out-of-this-world cocktails
#4 – New York Bartending School
This 1920s style speakeasy meets molecular mixology bar is the perfect place to learn how to make classic cocktails and experimental boozy combos. With full bartender certification courses as well as a recreational class open to the public, you can get behind the bar at New York Bartending School for $95 in their hands-on cocktail making class. You’ll learn about the origins of your favorite liquors and well as how to pour, serve, and decorate drinks.
GO HERE FOR: local vibe, comprehensive classes
#5 – Institute of Culinary Education
Calling all the classics lovers! Institute of Culinary Education has one of the most comprehensive cocktail making set ups in New York City, from a lesson on glasses, tools, and ice, to bourbon and burger pairings. No fancy schmancy shenanigans here, only the best classical cocktails are made, served, and enjoyed. These classes are held in ICE culinary school, and include generous samplings.
GO HERE FOR: comprehensive cocktail making classes
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