Being a good bartender is like being a good dancer—to do it properly, you need to know how to twist, shake, and effectively remind your audience where to locate their head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Learn the cocktail hokey pokey with today's Groupon: for $79, you get registration for one person to an Introduction to the Art of Mixology course from SF Mixology (a $199 value).
Helmed by a cocktail connoisseur and scholar of bar-side psychology, SF Mixology helps drink buffs to hone their concocting craft while pushing the boundaries of the country's resurging cocktail movement. During Introduction to the Art of Mixology classes, burgeoning bartenders learn the basics of flavor pairing and mixing techniques while mingling and celebratorily chest-bumping with other concoction-crafting enthusiasts. All the while, instructors cover a slew of libation-themed topics including drink ratios, the proper use of bitters, and the difference between stirring and shaking as they spin tales about the cocktail's rich history, including its role during the Prohibition era and the time it missed its callback to star in Sideways.
With approachable and functional concepts, firewater fusers learn the ropes of merging fresh ingredients to craft shindig-worthy cocktails, practicing how to pour, shake, and strain spirits like professionals. Students also study the various dimensions of their palates, gleaning the principles of how alcohol bonds each sweet, sour, and smooth-talking flavor together. When classes come to a close, the swanky nightclub setting lets newly minted martini mavens kick back and enjoy the fruits of their labor surrounded by the glow of red neon and futuristic décor.
SF Mixology founder Shawn Refoua blended his experience as program director and a student of behavioral psychology into an academy that brings bartending methodology and cocktail mixology into the 21st century. With an eye toward libation history, the school's interactive classes range from basic and advanced mixology courses to in-depth lessons on specific liquors and the evolution of the cocktail through the 14 years of Prohibition and the decade when swizzle sticks were outlawed. Each class complements the goals of cocktail party hosts, as well as aspiring or continually learning bartenders, who can learn and practice essential behind-the-bar techniques while brushing up on flavor theory and emerging recipe methodologies. Held in a high-profile bar, the laid-back classes include plenty of sample sips and enthusiastic toasts to newfound friends.