The Top 4 Cocktail and Mixology Classes in NYC

Put down the Bud Light -- you’re better than that.

Cocktails are the way to go for a sophisticated socialite such as yourself. They’re fresh, delicious, and complex -- just like you. But a cocktail in NYC can be absurdly pricey and there’s no way to guarantee a bar will have your prefered flavor combinations.

There are two approaches to this problem: 1. Buy a bottle of smirnoff, add a packet of grape kool-aid, shake it up and hope for the best, or 2. take a mixology class and learn to mix drinks that taste as delectable as you do.

As we all know, every mustachioed hipster in New York City is a ‘Mixologist’ with a capital M, making it extremely difficult to find a mixology class with actual substance. That’s why we pulled some extensive field research (it’s a tough job), and nailed down the four best cocktail classes in NYC -- so you don’t have to worry about wasting your time or your money.

Mixology: Create Tea-Infused Cocktails

Mixology: Create Tea-Infused Cocktails

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Ever considered making a tea-infused cocktail? Neither did we, but this class makes the whole tea-totaling proposition terribly appealing.

In one of the most unique cocktail classes NYC has to offer, you’ll learn how to put booze in your tea with a friendly bartender who knows all things alcohol. This class is so much more than a crash course in mixology. It lasts about two hours and you’ll enjoy an appetizer, five different cocktails, and all of the tea and coffee you can possibly drink!  

Discover all the ins-and-outs of tea, tea-infusions, and how a specific tea’s flavor profile plays off of the unique flavors of each spirit. You’ll learn how to use your bar tools, how to correctly pour from a bottle (yes, there is a correct way), and how to slice fruit for a stylish finish to your cocktail.

Night-cap off the evening with a bag of tea goodies to take with you so you can keep playing The Mad Hatter at home! Just keep in mind, this tea party is anything but child's play -- because creating a good-tasting tea-infused cocktail is exactly as hard as it sounds.

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Classic Cocktails

Classic Cocktails

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If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Learn to make all the cocktails that were cool in NYC when your grandfather was smoking grass in jazz clubs. There’s a reason they call these cocktails classic -- it’s because their balance, flavor, and panache have withstood the test of time. After one class at the Institute of Culinary Education, you’ll bid a not-so-fond farewell to the $50 bottle of wine and say hello to praiseworthy Martinis and Manhattans.

The class walks you through of the basics of mixology. Start by learning the importance of fresh juices, move on to make the perfect cocktail, and go over the tools to have on hand when setting up your bar at home. You’ll make and sample seven delightful cocktails with your knowledgeable mixologist walking you through the process and the flavors of each drink.

Don’t remake the wheel -- or the cocktail. Roll with the classics.

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Thursday Night Cocktail Course

Thursday Night Cocktail Course

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The classics are fine but there is also something to be said for the cutting edge.

Head down to Williamsburg, where all hip things live -- including Huckleberry Bar. On Thursday nights, Huckleberry puts on a clinic by candle light where you can learn to mix jaw-droppingly good drinks.

Your sensei/bartender will show you how to make a myriad of cocktails and then, show you the proper way to taste your beverage -- sip don’t swill. Huckleberry squeezes their juices fresh daily and they make some incredibly innovative syrups. Throw some booze into the mix, and you’ve got yourself one of the best damn cocktails in NYC.

The class lasts two hours, over the course of which you’ll sip three cocktails worth of spirits and taste more drinks than you’ll be able to count. Though that may have something to do with all of the liquor you just consumed.

So throw on you tightest pants, slap on your coolest temporary tattoo, and check out Huckleberry’s Thursday Night Cocktail Course.

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Birth of a Cocktail

Birth of a Cocktail

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Have you ever asked yourself: Which came first, the bartender or the bar?

Well then, you deep thinker you, this cocktail class is what you need in your life. Follow a sociologist, weaving across the booze-soaked streets of NYC, as you learn about the history of drinking in the city.

You’ll wind your way through back-room speakeasies and belly up to the most iconic bars in the city while learning the how the cocktail culture in The Big Apple shaped drinking habits all over America. As a nightcap, finish up with a cocktail tasting from a contemporary mixologist before you head back home -- or back to the bar.

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