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Liquor reviews, cocktail recipes, mixology trends, and seasonal ingredients. Includes cocktail tips and info on local whiskey, gin, vodka, beer, and liqueur.

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5 Classes for Valentine's Day

Devin Kidner

Chocolate and roses are great, but cocktails are better. This V-Day, ring in the day of love with one of our 5 offerings.

1. Reveal your inner-Grumpy Cat with our Anti-Valentine's Day Mixology class on February 10th

Unlike our normal Mixology 101 class, this specific class will focus on making bitter drinks like Manhattans and Negronis and will feature spirits like Aperol, Besk, and Fernet. If you don't like bitter drinks, we're chill with that and will have plenty of mixers on hand to make whatever you like.

2. V-Day Themed Bloody Mary Class (+ Pierogis) on February 11th

In this Valentine's Day-edition Bloody Mary class, we're making sure all of your hearts desires are being met. We'll be featuring special garnishes like candied bacon and pierogies, beer chasers, and we'll have a bunch of pierogi (savoury and sweet) to chow down on during class!

3. Valentine's Day Mixology: Love at First Sip (+ Hors D'oeuvres + Cookie Decorating on February 11th

A Valentine's-themed class fit for the King or Queen in your life! We'll be using special mixers from hot cocoa and cognac, to homespun caramel, pomegranates, whipped cream, and local bubbly. In addition, we'll be featuring incredible hors d'oeuvres from the incomparable Pyrite Sun, who specialises in seasonal, beautiful food that will pair perfectly with your creations. Pyrite Sun will also be hosting a cookie decorating class with their heart pocket pies that you can take with you (or eat on-site).

4. Valentine's Day Bitters Making Workshop on February 12th

In this special format Valentine's Day class, we'll have bubbly and canapes for you as you make your bitters! What makes a cocktail ten times better? When it's made with handmade, customised bitters or tinctures!

5. Valentine's Day Mixology: Love at First Sip on February 14th

A Valentine's-themed class fit for the King or Queen in your life! We'll be using special mixers from hot cocoa and cognac, to homespun caramel, pomegranates, and whipped cream. We'll have special garnishes for drinks and free hors d'oeurves before your dinner reservations. 

We have dinner recommendations that are close to our venue, too! Check them out here.

This Valentine's Day, Give Her (or Him!) a Cocktail!

Devin Kidner

Okay, don't JUST give her/him a cocktail. Also take them out to dinner. But mix them a cocktail to set up the evening (or as a nightcap), and start the night out right!

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The Penny Lane tastes like a boozy chocolate dipped cherry. Find the recipe and technique below!

"Penny Lane"

2 oz. Ceres Vodka from Chicago Distilling Company
2 oz chilled hot chocolate made with local dairy (I used Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa)
2 tsp. cognac
1 oz cherry juice

OPTIONAL: 1 Meadow Haven Farm egg white

The Technique:

If omitting the egg white, shake the ingredients together with ice for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass and garnish with a cocoa powder heart.

If adding the egg white, shake all of the ingredients together without ice for 20 seconds, then incorporate ice and shake again for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass, gently shaking the egg white on top.

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The Garnish:

See that picture above? This is how you accomplish an awesome garnish on top of this drink, or really any drink.

It's super simple. Take a piece of cardboard and draw a shape on it. Then carefully cut it out.

Sit it on top of the glass and carefully shake cocoa/cinnamon/sprinkles over top.

Remove the template carefully and voila!

A few tips:

  1. Make sure the amount of liquid in the glass is near the top but not right to the edge, otherwise, your template will get wet!
  2. If the template does get wet, just let it dry out on a flat surface. It will dry and you can reuse it.
  3. If you don't remove the template carefully, you will damage your cute little garnish! To save it, you could re-shake the cocktail then try again!

Adorable, right? Happy Valentine's Day!

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