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Cocktail Classes at The Last Word

So much of the time, cocktails in bars are overly sweet, insipid, and not very interesting. But a well made cocktail is a revelation. In my cocktail classes, you'll learn all about cocktails, including how to mix your own drinks at home and how to order a drink you'll really like in a bar.  Classes are hands on, with lots of tasting opportunities and are held at The Last Word, 301 W Huron St.

Note: Beginning with my September class, prices will increase to $45/person, and 3-class packages will go up to $120 (save $5/class over buying individually). However, 3-class packages will stay at $100 until August 31 and can be applied to any upcoming class. Buy now and save!

August 25 - No Shots Allowed
(7:30 pm at The Last Word)

Too often, the word "tequila" brings to mind bad 21st birthdays and fraternity hazing, but we'll examine the variety of roles this under-appreciated spirit plays in cocktails. Its sultry, smoky and sophisticated cousin Mezcal will also appear.

Sept 22 - Manhattan Lab
(7:30 pm at The Last Word)
The classic Manhattan recipe is simple, but it's really just the beginning. In this "lab" you'll dive deep into choices around whiskey, vermouth, bitters and ratios, and come away with a recipe for your ideal version of this timeless cocktail.

Oct 13 - Fall Cocktails

(7:30 pm at The Last Word)
When I think about fall, I think about apples, pears, and pies with warm spices and molasses, and we'll be mixing up cocktails inspired by those ingredients. This will include some great farm-to-glass drinks inspired by the Farmer's Market. We'll also talk about how to make and use different kinds of sweeteners in cocktails.

Nov 3 - Year Round Gin

(7:30 pm at The Last Word)
Gin & Tonics may be the perfect summer drink, but gin is so versatile that it has a place in every season. In this class you'll learn about different styles of gin and explore fall, winter and year round cocktails that take advantage of this eminently mixable spirit.

Nov 17 - Better with Bubbles

(7:30 pm at The Last Word)
The only thing better for the holiday season than a glass of champagne is a cocktail made with champagne. Get ready for Thanksgiving and beyond by learning to make a variety of cocktails that will take your holiday entertaining to the next level!

Dec 1 - The Forgotten Whiskey: All About Rye

(7:30 pm at The Last Word)
Rye whiskey once reigned supreme - especially on the East coast of the US - but over time, Bourbon came to dominate. Now rye is making a comeback, and in this class we'll taste a few examples and try out some cocktails that make the most of its spicier and drier character.

Dec 15 - Holiday Cocktails

(7:30 pm at The Last Word)
Spice up your holiday entertaining with some seasonal cocktails. You'll create your own house champagne cocktail, explore the world of warm drinks like hot toddies and mulled wine, and have fun with nogs and flips.

Packages and Gift Certificates

Three Class Package for $100
Price goes up to $120 on September 1. Buy now and save! You can decide on your classes when you purchase the package, or wait for upcoming classes to be announced. Just email with the classes you'd like to reserve.

Gift Certificates
Gift certificates are available in single or three-class packages. I'll email you a printable gift certificate for your recipient to redeem.

Cocktail Classes at Other Locations

August 11- The Cocktail Hour: A Retro Cocktails Class
(7 pm at Zingerman's Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Road, Dexter, MI 48130, $65 includes dinner buffet, register through Zingerman's)
New York, Madison Avenue, the 1960's. When a man was a guy, a woman was a doll, and everyone knew how to make a decent Manhattan. Delicious cocktails were a mainstay of 1950's and 60's entertaining, as seen on the AMC show, Mad Men. This class will focus on applying today's standards for quality in cocktails to classics like the Old Fashioned, Tom Collins and Manhattan. There will be appetizers served, based on the creations of the 50's and 60's but with a bit of farm fresh polish. Prizes will be awarded to everyone who comes dressed in period attire.

August 12 - Farm-to-Glass Cocktails
(7:30 pm at Evans Street Station, 110 South Evans Street
Tecumseh, MI 49286, $35)

It's the middle of summer, and the Farmer's Market is overflowing with bounty. This class is about incorporating all of our wonderful local produce - herbs, cucumbers, berries, tomatoes - into cocktails. We'll learn all about muddling, infusing, and even "shrubs."