With home sweet home still the safest and most responsible place to hang out, New Yorkers have had to get creative with how they’re spending free time in their apartments.
Cue the at-home Zoom classes. And though some may leave you wanting a bit more, these new artisanal liquor tastings and holiday cocktail making classes are so interactive you’ll probably forget you’re even stuck at home! Each one will send all needed supplies (including alcohol) straight to your door, and the classes are led by top experts and master distillers in the field.
They also make a great option for office or group holiday get-togethers so you can all enjoy the same experience, even though you’re not in the same place!
Here are all the classes you can choose from:
1. Holiday Rum Tasting Experience: Don Papa Rum
Deep dive into Don Papa Rum as well as a tutorial with Peter Ruppert, the East Coast Brand Ambassador for Don Papa Rum. In this class, Peter will show you how to mix a high-end cocktail that can easily be made at your home bar, the same as it would at any five-star lounge! Don Papa is a premium aged, single-island rum from the Philippines, created on the foothills of the active volcano Mt. Kanlaon, where the finest sugar cane is milled to produce sweet, rich molasses.
When: Thursday, December 3 or Thursday, December 17 at 6 p.m.Grab tickets here.
2. Milam & Greene: A Triple Cask Bourbon Experience
Two years in the making, Milam & Greene is proud and excited to treat you to their Triple Cask Bourbon and Port-finished Rye. Each had been expertly blended by Heather Greene to ensure a robust and rich flavor to pop and shine when used in a whiskey cocktail. Milam & Greene Whiskey consists of Tennessee Whiskey aged about 10 years to add structure and richness. This session will be led by Marlene Holmes, Master Distiller & Heather Greene, CEO and Master Blender.
When: Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m.Get tickets here.
3. Holiday Spirits: Dewar’s & The Dead Rabbits Cocktail Class
Hosted by John Dewar & Sons National Whisky Ambassador Gareth Howells, come and join Sam Casuga and Ian Alexander, head bartenders from the multiple award-winning “Best Bar in the World,” The Dead Rabbit. This is a true one-of-a-kind opportunity to have one-on-one cocktail training from the World’s Best!
When: Saturday, December 5 and December 12, at 7 p.m.Sip on tickets here.
4. Virtual Holiday Cocktail Tasting: Tequila Partida
Join the Maestro Tequilero behind the world’s highest-rated tequila as he explains his expert tasting techniques through Partida Blanco, Partida Reposado, Partida Añejo and Partida’s new Cristalino Añejo. Attendees will even receive tequila stemware for sipping neat pours alongside José!
When: Thursday, December 10 at 6 p.m.Get tickets here.
5. Get Into The Holiday Spirit With KOVAL Distillery: At Home Tasting Experience
Get into the holiday spirit with KOVAL Distillery, one of the largest fully independent and woman-owned craft distilleries in the U.S. KOVAL utilizes unique Midwestern grains, such as oat and millet, paired with a signature “heart cut” distilling technique to create a universally approachable, smooth and bright line of single barrel whiskeys. Following the tasting, KOVAL will lead attendees in stirring up a delicious Bourbon Maple Old Fashioned, with tips and tricks on crafting the perfect signature holiday cocktail. KOVAL’s East Coast Market Manager, Chelsea Lovett, will guide attendees through a tasting of three of KOVAL’s most beloved whiskey expressions.
When: Friday, December 11th at 6 p.m.Grab tickets here.
6. Holiday Spirits Presents: Sombra Mezcal, A Tasting Experience
When: Friday, December 11 or Thursday, December 17 at 6 p.m.Find tickets here.
7. Holiday Spirits and Starward Whisky: At Home Tasting Experience
Starward Nova, Solera, Two Fold and Single Barrel Pick exemplify the distillery’s use of Australian red wine barrels in their maturation process, and what exactly makes an Australian single malt unique! Your ticket includes 50 ml samples of Starward Nova, Solera, Two Fold and Single Barrel Pick, a starward Manhattan Cocktail kit, pin and coaster and a Gift Certificate to spend at Fine and Rare NYC. Kotryna Gesait, East Coast Brand Ambassador will be providing the whisky knowledge and lead you through the tasting process.
When: Friday, December 18 at 7 p.m.Click here to sip on some whisky.
8. Westward Whiskey: An At-Home Whiskey Tasting Experience
Each and every drop of Westward American Single Malt whiskey is brewed, distilled, matured, and bottled at the Westward distillery. In this class, learn about their pioneering spirit with Co-Founder and Master Distiller Christian Krogstad, and Head Distiller and Lead Blender Miles Munroe. Taste first-hand how their unique production techniques – and passion – make Westward the highest-rated American Single Malt whiskey.
When: Friday, December 18 at 6 p.m.Tickets are here.
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