Upcoming Classes

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Sour Power: Lemon and lime are cocktail essentials. But what about grapefruit, orange, and even lesser used citrus like Meyer lemons and kumquats? In this class we’ll explore the crucial role citrus juices play in cocktails.

Aquavit Cocktails: Scandinavians have been making this caraway and herb infused spirit since the 1500’s, but it’s a relative unknown in the US. Time to change that! Aquavit is best thought as a cousin of gin, but it’s deliciously different. In this class, I’ll be joined by Robyn Cleveland from Michigan’s award-winning Norden Aquavit to talk about aquavit history and how to use it in cocktails.

Amaro Amore: The name amaro – plural, amari – refers to a style of Italian bittersweet herbal liqueur. These complex liqueurs can be a mixologist’s best friend. They add complexity, fascinating flavors, and structure – even when used in small amounts. In this class we’ll talk about the main styles of amari and feature them in cocktails that take advantage of their complex and assertive character.

Vacation Cocktails Mix-Along (with kit option): In this live mix-along style class, I’ll mix three drinks that will take you on a tropical vacation in your glass, and you can mix along at home. We’ll talk about important cocktail mixing techniques that you’ll be able to use to improve the quality of every drink you mix, and there will be plenty of time for Q&A! Everyone will receive recipes in advance, but if you are in Ann Arbor or nearby, you’ll also have the option of purchasing a cocktail kit directly from The Last Word for pickup prior to the class.

Scotch Cocktails: Robert Burns night is January 25! Get ready to celebrate in style by learning about Scotch – the original cult whiskey. Come learn about its history and different styles, from basic blendeds to butterscotchy Speysides to in-your-face Islays. And while there are many Scotches that should be saved for sipping straight, this class will focus on the cocktail applications of this Scottish favorite.

Cocktails & Cooking – Citrus Celebration: Need some vitamin C?  In this combined cooking and cocktail class with Chef Allison Anastasio of Last Bite Chef we’ll celebrate winter citrus. You’ll cook a light, New Year’s resolution-friendly menu and mix some cocktails to match. 

Mardi Gras Mixing: New Orleans is not just the home of Mardi Gras beads and Creole food, it’s also the source of some of the best classic cocktails. We’ll explore the history of Crescent City cocktails like Sazerac, Vieux Carre and Ramos Gin Fizz, as well as modern creations from some of the city’s best bars!