Mixology is the study of combining other ologies to create booze. Get an introduction to this ancient art form with today's deal: for $25, you get a Cocktail Creations class at Bartender of America Bartending School in College Park. Classes are held Saturdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are required, so call ahead to schedule a time.
This basic course ($50 value) shows beginner tenders the liquid ropes behind the bar. Over a one-hour period, you'll learn to mix and match liquors, mixers, fruits, and pixie dust to create party-pleaser elixirs through hands-on interaction. The environment is fun and laid-back, like a hammock that knows how to have a good time, giving participants ample opportunity to do as much social mixing as liquid mixing.
The theme of each class changes by the month, so pick up a few Groupons for return visits, when a new set of recipes will be disclosed. Graduates of Cocktail Creations will come away with a few concoctions to bust out at the next social gathering that doesn't take place inside the House of Lords or a church. Impress friends with your newfound mix-master abilities, which seemingly materialized out of nowhere. Sign up with a couple of friends for a Saturday escape that involves less sitting at a bar and more standing behind a bar, which as everyone knows is the true position of power.
Bartender of America
The graceful ease with which a good bartender mixes drinks masks the difficulty of the job, one that requires knowledge and dexterity—not to mention charisma. The seasoned barkeeps at Bartender of America, a TIPS-certified school, know what it takes to be a good bartender and lead their students through deliberate exercises inside a fully simulated tavern environment. Amid ambient sounds and music, novice bartenders dole out maraschino cherries and shake martinis while refining their conversational skills and learning how to identify underage kids by their mustaches. Fully committed students can opt for the entire Bar 101 curriculum, attaining a bartending license and valuable tricks for managing their resume and acing job interviews, while abbreviated classes offer insight into the fundamentals of the trade.
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