Have you ever wanted to learn just what it takes to create some of your favorite cocktails at home? Now you can – as Beretta opens its Cocktail Class Series to the public.
Unlike other programs that attempt to cram a broad spectrum of bartending knowledge into a single session, Beretta’s classes are more focused. Each two-hour session hones in on one spirit, using it to mix up three distinct cocktails: one built in the glass, one shaken, and one stirred.
As varied as the drinks are, so too are the instructors for each seminar. Melissa Boyd, a graduate of the Bourbon &; Branch family of bars and a die-hard rye fanatic, will explore the rare brown spirit on November 5. With 18 years of bartending experience on two continents, Adam Wilson knows his way around, “Amaro, Aperitifs & Digestifs,” which he will share on November 12.
Enrique Sanchez will pull from his Peruvian roots to preach Pisco on December 10. Finally, Dominic Alling loves nothing more than to come home from a long shift and pour himself a nice glass of Mezcal, tequila’s smoky sibling. He offers the best ways combine it with seasonal ingredients for a balanced and nuanced drink on January 21.
The classes max out at 25 people, and each student has his or her own personal workstation complete with all the necessary jiggers, strainers, glasses and ingredients to craft the cocktails. In addition to a brief history of the alcohol, a reception beverage and snacks from Beretta’s kitchen will accompany the lesson. A mixology kit is also available for purchase for $55.