5 Classes to Help You Prep Amazing NYE Cocktails
New Year’s Eve and New York have become synonymous with one another thanks to the Times Square countdown. But before the ball drops and you find a special someone to kiss at midnight, you might want to have a bit of liquid courage in hand. Drink in style this NYE without breaking the bank by learning to create some amazing cocktails for the occasion. From tea-infused to gin-based delights, here are our picks for the best mixology classes to help prep you for the last amazing party of the year.

The basics of bartending in Brooklyn.

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You may drink cocktails aplenty, but that doesn’t mean you know a lot about them. For instance, did you know the origin of the word cocktail might come from the French “coquetier,” which means an eggcup? Others believe it is a corruption of the word cock ale. See! You’re already learning stuff. To learn more, head on down to the Huckleberry Bar in Brooklyn for a lesson in mixing and sipping drinks like a pro. You’ll focus on composition, technique, palate development and drinking delicious cocktails, of course. Or should we say cock ales?

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Seductive signature cocktails.

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Looking for a date night class before the ultimate date night (NYE)? You and your partner will spend this class making love potions and other alcoholic drinks to get you in a romantic, flirty mood. Enjoy a classic aperitif followed by two masterpiece cocktails before creating a signature cocktail the two of you can enjoy now and on NYE.

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Lord of the gins.

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You know what they say: a glass of gin leads to a grin. Even if they don’t say that, they might as well. For those who love gin-based drinks, try your hand at making a few gin-based cocktails at the Institute of Culinary Education. Honing in on those bartending skills, you’ll create classic drinks like a Tom Collins, Gin n’ Tonic and Aviation Cocktails. You know what else they say? Drink gin and live in sin. Therefore, it’s the perfect spirit of choice for your wild and unforgettable night this NYE.

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Class cocktails and new creations.

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Care to class up your holiday drink of choice? In this cocktail mixology class, you’ll taste some of the best drinks of the 20th century. With Appletinis, margaritas and Dirty Shirleys, this class will show you how to craft some delicious and iconic drinks for your NYE bash. Or, use spirits, mixers and seasonal ingredients to create your own original collection of mixed drinks and classy beverages.

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Caffeine and cocktails? Count me in!

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Double fisting caffeine and alcohol is never a recommended activity. You should just double fist caffeine-alcohol cocktails instead. If you’re tired of the same old tonic and highball, take this refresher course on the fundamentals of mixology, bartending and tea. You’ll learn how tea highlights the best flavors to create unique cocktails. Bring a friend or two to munch on appetizers and drink all the coffee and tea your heart desires. With this one-two punch cocktail, you might just be able to stay awake all night long this New Year’s Eve.

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