HOLLOW LEG cocktail classes are for curious folks who are interested in the art + science behind mixology. We like to think of our classes as real life test kitchens where class-goers make customized cocktails tailored to their palate. It all comes down to empowering folks with Julia Child-like conviction, so that after class, they can mix amazing cocktails at home!
In addition, we hand craft all of our own bitters/tinctures for classes, and take pride in using local, seasonal ingredients we source from local farmers.
We approach cocktails with Julia Child-like conviction and we want you to, too, which is why we offer cocktail making classes year-round!
Devin Kidner has been a part of Chicago's sustainable food scene since 2009. In June 2014 she won a national cocktail competition through Slow Food USA, earning her a position as a delegate to Slow Food International’s biannual Terra Madre conference, considered the Olympics of Food.
She was the moderator of the American Speakeasy workshop at Terra Madre 2014 in Turin, Italy. She has taken courses from some of the best mixologists in the world at Sala Mixology in Italy on topics of dilution and temperature, Mezcal and Tequila, botanicals, and molecular mixology.
Devin has created cocktails for and taught mixology classes at Rhine Hall Distillery and Koval Distillery. She served on the board of Slow Food Chicago, a non-profit that seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the local food system to ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.
She has appeared on WGN-TV's newest show, SEE Chicago, which named HOLLOW LEG a "hidden gem of Chicago," and she was chosen to appear in a promotional video for Jack Daniels, and has won several national cocktail competitions.
Graham Essex is a bold and exciting young mixologist with a background in bartending and a passion for the intricacies behind making cocktails delicious and interesting, and is especially talented in creating custom cocktails for larger parties. He hails from Chicago and has bartended at several places including Bridge House Tavern.