Ready to refine your old-fashioned? Couldn't tell the difference between an orgeat and an amaro? No matter what your cocktail skill level, an excited neophyte or a seasoned student, Polite Provisions' Spirit Society Cocktail Classes are a must-try.
Starting June 22, classes explore the world of the most popular and classic cocktails, including the Manhattan, the daiquiri, and local favorite, the old-fashioned, among many others. Spearheaded by renowned mixologist Erick Castro, sessions are held in a private area of Polite Provisions, are capped at 14 students and include two instructors. Along with Castro, manager Frankie McGrath and resident mixologist Amy Laird will lead eager acolytes. Classes are two hours and grasshoppers will learn to make two to three cocktails, with a possible additional tasting. Each attendee will be set up with a tool kit, complete with a shaker, spoon, strainer, stirring glass and necessary ingredients.
Class titles include Cocktails 101 American Whiskey, which will look at the history and profiles of bourbon, rye, and Tennessee whiskeys, and an exciting addition this year, Daiquiri Examined, taught with fellow acclaimed mixologist Anthony Schmidt, focusing on rum and sugarcane spirits along with variations of the classic cocktail.
When: 6 p.m. June 22, July 27, Aug. 17 and Oct. 19
Where: Polite Provisions, 4696 30th St., North Park
More info: politeprovisions.com
According to Castro, a mix of people attends the classes, from grandparents and tourists to neighborhood regulars and members of the restaurant industry, so don't be shy! You can't help but have fun making cocktails and you are sure to leave educated and happy.
"We hope that cocktails will become part of the fabric of their life. It's nice to wake up a curiosity and see that inspiration in people," Castro said.
For tickets go to the Polite Provisions website, politeprovisions.com, click on the Spirits Society tab, then click on the dates desired. Each class is $60.
Heading to Polite Provisions soon? Look out for its upcoming menu, featuring Castro's favorite new addition, the pina verde, a twist on the pina colada with Green Chartreuse, lime, pineapple and coconut. Also don't miss Tiki Nights, celebrated the second Tuesday of every month, where you can enjoy some of the best tropical drinks stateside.
Start your mixing! Cheers.
With 15 years in the restaurant and beverage industry and more than 700 reviews under her belt, Laurie Delk is a one-stop guide to all things craft beer, wine and spirits. You can follow Delk on Twitter @100beers30days or Instagram @sandiegobeer. Send ideas for featured drinks to firstname.lastname@example.org.