Gather round Seattlities (and anyone who might want to have a Seattle summer vacation–which isn’t a bad idea, as summer in Seattle is mighty fine, with stretches of blue sky and temperate weather that’s almost unbeatable in my mind, and which leads to those living here being even more friendly than normal, as well as leading to an overall oh yeah atmosphere). I’m teaching up another cocktail class (on the 20th and 21st of July, same class twice) at the effervescent and ebullient Pantry at Delancey, where the drinks are delicious, the snacks are snacktastic, and the staff is stellar. The class this summer is, perhaps, even more special than previous, because I’m coining a new term for it: Locatails. No, wait, that’s not why the class is going to be so un-missable. Though it is the next term that will go from person to person like a spirited plague, and it means having drinks made with local spirits and liqueurs and mixers. Which is a wonderful thing. A wonderful thing. And that’s why the class is going to be unmissable.
Specifically, in this cocktail soirée we’ll make four cocktails that both match up with a dinner menu (appetizer, first course, second course, dessert) and that utilize a host of Seattle area spirits and liqueurs, including ones created with love by Sound Spirits, Side Track Distillery, Woodinville Whiskey Company, Bainbridge Organic Distillery, and Pacific Distillery, and also include other local products such as Deluxe Foods Cocktail Syrup. The four drinks include two classics, the Oriental and the Alexander, and two newer models, the Rebecca and the Earl of 15th Avenue, mixes assured to transform a stale everyday occasion into a celebratory drink-a-rific wingding. But beyond just making this four-course imbibable banquet, we’ll talk about the individual distilleries involved and what makes each stand out from the crowd, some spirited histories that translate into smashing cocktail talk, and a variety of home-bartending skills, including shaking, stirring, straining, and garnishing. So, sign up today! Cause it’ll probably sell out by tomorrow.