Mixing Like a Pro: A Guide to Orlando Cocktail Classes


Who doesn’t love a sumptuous craft cocktail? On the heels of the slow food and craft beer wave, craft cocktails are creating a new breed of drinkers who appreciate the newfound culinary panache hitting bars everywhere. But these boozy creations are not so easy to replicate at home, which is why cocktails classes have become all the rage. Looking to up your spirit savvy? Consider checking out one of these Orlando-area cocktail classes:

Cocktail Class at The Courtesy Bar
One of Orlando’s original craft cocktail bars, The Courtesy Bar offers a 90-minute, hands-on craft cocktail class every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Focused on the history and technique behind three classic cocktails, the laid-back but ultra informative tutorial takes participants step-by-step through each recipe. Everyone gets their own mixing station complete with all the pro tools and afterward students enjoy the fruits of their labor. Class starts at 5:45 pm and costs $55 per person, inclusive of all materials, ingredients and gratuity. Email [email protected] to reserve a spot.

The bar is closed during Courtesy's Cocktail Class so students get an exclusive experience.

The bar is closed during Courtesy’s Cocktail Class so students get an exclusive experience.

Drink School at The Woods
Veteran bartender and managing partner Brian Minkel takes craft spirit enthusiasts through Drink School, a two-hour cocktail class that can be booked Saturdays by reservation only at The Woods. Designed for a minimum of four people and a maximum of 10, these two-hour, custom sessions are tailored for each group and can focus on a series of drinks or a specific type of sprit, such as whiskey. While participants pour, mix and shake, Minkel supplies a nonstop stream of cocktail knowhow related to everything from history to the distillation process. Classes, which cost $30 per person and begin at either 4 or 5pm, include a mammoth batch of Minkel’s boozy punch to sip along the way. Call 407-203-1114 to book.

Learning which tools to use and how to use them is a big part of the cocktail class at The Woods.

Learning which tools to use and how to use them is a big part of the cocktail class at The Woods.

Classes for Beer Lovers, Too
World of Beers, now with four Orlando area locations, offers Beer School at various times throughout the year. Classes are free or a nominal fee and include samplings along with a sixty to ninety-minute class about varieties and brewing techniques for craft beers. To stay updated about upcoming classes, visit each location’s Facebook page, which can be found here:

Altamonte Springs
Downtown Orlando
Dr. Phillips

Photo credit: Kristen Manieri