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 this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $79 for a two-hour Introduction to the Art of Mixology class (a $199 value)
- $79 for a two-hour Classic Cocktails class (a $199 value)
- $149 for a five-hour Essential Mixology class (a $300 value)<p>
During Introduction to the Art of Mixology and Essential Mixology classes, burgeoning bartenders learn the basics of flavor pairing, the proper use of bitters, and the difference between stirring and shaking, as instructors spin tales about the cocktail’s rich history. The Essential Mixology class dives deeper into the art of cocktail construction with a lesson in distillation methods and the ability for participants to craft their own cocktails in front of their own mini-craft bar in a relaxed environment, and each student will take home a custom bartending-tool kit. The Classic Cocktails class guides students through the history of the modern American cocktail through the pre- and post-Prohibition era as they taste and craft libations more timeless than water on the rocks. When classes come to a close, the swanky nightclub setting lets newly minted martini mavens kick back and enjoy the fruit of their labor surrounded by the glow of red neon and futuristic décor. Check the calendar for upcoming class dates.<p>
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.