Mixology: The Cocktail Creation Class (In-Person)
Thu, May 13, 2021 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Learn to build the perfect cocktail in this hands-on workshop. With the guidance of our top sommelier-instructor, you will be crafting innovative new cocktails and discovering your inner mixologist.
We aren’t a bartending school, and you won’t learn how to juggle vodka bottles in this class. Instead, you are going to learn the basics of mixology, explore flavors, and develop your own signature cocktail.
Whether you’re hosting friends or unwinding after the workday, making gratifying, high-quality cocktails at home is a skill worth having. This class is your bartending 101 guide into spirits, cordials, and all the tools of the craft. This hands-on, class to bartending will have you experimenting with flavors like a master mixologist.
Loaded with essential-to-know topics such as barware, tools, and mixing tips, this class is essential to anyone who loves making and drinking cocktails. Rather than teaching you recipes, this class focuses on the fundamentals of bartending. This class will transform the most ignorant boozehound into a sauce-slinger extraordinaire.
This cocktail class was previewed by Yelp’s Elite Squad. Here’s what they had to say.
Reviews of Mixology: The Cocktail Creation Class
What a great way to cap off a weekday evening. Thank you to the Wine School of Philadelphia for hosting such a great event. Their events are typically booked for months… one of the better opportunities to really delve into the world of mixology. Oops! Did I say mixology? Keith, our instructor, is going to chastise me now. For real, the event was a great foundation to the art of cocktail building and creativity. Keith was able to take some “simple” ingredients and help us build a classy, tasteful and robust cocktail. It was great to create our cocktails and have our fellow Yelpers try them (Thank you, Kim!) My highlight was experimenting base flavors (simple syrup, lime, absinthe, and cherry) with his homemade brandy. The brandy by itself was exquisite, but being able to experiment with different flavors and having explain what our minds, but mostly tongues, prefer was a highlight.
Keith was an extremely vibrant and interactive instructor. It was great to have him for the event given his outstanding credentials.
What an incredible event!! First of all, I must say this event felt extra exclusive….I had been familiar with the name of the school from back in my days living in Fairmount. We used to passed it daily, and were always curious about what they offer. I had no idea they changed location and just how amazing the classes were. Kinda wish I took one back then! To think I could have this knowledge this whole time. Nevertheless, as they say, “better late than never”.
I entered the darker yet cozy space with dim lighting and exposed brick super eager to jump in! I felt as if we were in a little secret basement somewhere. It was definitely a cool atmosphere. There was a long communal table and a few two-seaters around the perimeter. The place is great for couples or a pair of friends, but I kept thinking it would be equally as awesome for a bachelor/bachelorette or birthday party. What a unique idea! I bet everyone would love it!
It would be impossible for me to write everything we learned in our jam-packed two-hour class. We honestly covered SO MUCH!! Keith taught us everything from simpler lessons like the difference between distilling and barrel aging, to how to make our very own bitters using herbs and grain alcohol over the course of three months. (Can’t wait to try this at home!!) We discussed the main tastes including sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami, which many weren’t familiar with. We learned which ones we favor and why. He told us where the best rums hail from and which brand of elderflower to buy. The class was absolutely packed with useful info of all kinds.
The hands on aspect of the class was awesome!! We made 5 different drinks, some for our partner, (shout out to Michelle P.), which was so fun!
We built and developed drinks, which is essentially letting the liquids and bubbles do the work IN the glass. Keith’s motto is “let them make themselves”. I’m down!
We created drinks such as vodka tonics, brandy sours and even mixed our own gin cocktail according to our personal taste. We used our “potions”…absinthe, elderflower, green chartreuse, lime and tonic water. I love how they’re were presented in old fashion vintage looking medicine bottles. Between that, the darker decor, and how much to secret insider info we were getting, it all feel so secretive!! It was so fun to play around, taste different concoctions, and get to know our taste buds a bit better.
I’ve been in the process of restocking and resetting my bar-cart, and can’t wait to mix up some more “grown-up drinks for hubs and cater to his personal taste. I’m equally as excited to impress future dinner guests now that I know so much! This class was so fantastic!! I wouldn’t hesitate to take another class and really look forward to it! Perhaps a wine class next?! I have already recommended the school it to many! It’s excellent!
Sari Marissa G.
Keith was our instructor for the evening. I loved his enthusiasm, jokes, fun loving personality and extensive knowledge on the subject.
I really enjoyed how he built the class – teaching us the difference of what it is to build a drink versus mixing a drink. I also loved his tip of “always make a drink for someone else” – that really came through for me.
I had such a good time, I plan to take my out of town guests here for an experience next time!
“You always do a better job when you do it for someone else.” One of the great life and cocktail lessons from an amazingly educational, entertaining and tastebud tantalizing night.
I’ve never taken more notes at a Yelp event. I was diligently trying to jot down every little knowledge nugget because there were too many gems I just didn’t want to forget.
Our instructor/Director of the school, Keith, was phenomenal. He was enthusiastic, funny, passionate and a king of his trade. A class could’ve easily been dry, but it hit all the core senses.
We learned the cocktail bases and basics, first by building a vodka tonic for a fellow Yelper. It was so important to make it taste palatable for your peer, or in the real world, your customer.
We then moved to mixing a brandy sour followed by playing with a few of our core components: brandy, simple syrup, lime and bitters. It got real after that when we were given the option to add absinthe or elderflower. A little bit of both tickled my fancy.
Finally, we took all of our knowledge to add our menu of ingredients to a “mystery” summer gin.
Always go with your instincts. There’s always a way to fix things. Simple is better.
I could easily turn my notes into a full blown novel, but I don’t want to take away your experience of being there and learning it for yourself. Tonight’s event was representative of a class anyone could take at the Wine School of Philadelphia.
It was an honor and a privilege to be able to attend this event.
Okay, I think you get the idea. There are another dozen reviews of this class right here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/yelp-elite-event-at-wine-school-of-philadelphia-philadelphia
Previous Tasting Sheets for Mixology: Cocktail Creation Class
How To Build a Drink
Vodka, Tonic, Lime Splash
How To Mix a Drink
Brandy, Lime Splash, Simple Syrup
Core Cocktail Components
The Bittersweet Truth
Brandy, Simple Syrup, Lime, Bitters
Faery Dust or Dark Magic?
Elderflower Liqueur or Absinthe?
The Gin Conundrum
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