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After-Work Bartending Classes

Love a few drinks after work, but don’t want to just park yourself at a bar? Consider an after-work bartending class. Several culinary schools and education centers now offer mixology courses where you can learn to stir or shake your favorite drinks … and sip a little while you’re doing it, of course. (The best kind of learning: the kind that comes with a cocktail.) Here are three classes to look out for.

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ICE Happy Hour Series
Where: Institute of Culinary Education, 50 W. 23rd St., ice.edu
When: 5:30-7pm, multiple dates from June 26 through early August
Cost: $50
What you’ll learn: ICE beverage expert Anthony Caporale will teach you to make three to four cocktails of a given spirit. If you take the gin class, that’s a martini, Tom Collins and an Aviation; rum, a daiquiri, mojito and Dark and Stormy. More into whiskey? There’s a bourbon class, too.
For more info: recreational.ice.edu/Home/WineAndBeverages

The Bartender’s Garden: Cocktails from the Greenmarket
Where: Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St., astorcenternyc.com
When: 6:30-8:30pm, July 3 or August 7
Cost: $69
What you’ll learn: Just like chefs, mixologists work with seasonal ingredients, using the freshest fruit and herbs in their cocktails. In this Astor Center course, you’ll take inspiration from the Greenmarket; there’s an instructor on-hand to school you in the basics and advise in your cocktail composition, but the flavor combinations you come up with are all your own.
For more info: recreational.ice.edu/Home/WineAndBeverages

The Cocktail Lab Mixology 101
Where: Center for Kosher Culinary Arts, 1407 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, kosherculinaryarts.com
When: Various early evening times, July 9, July 23, Aug. 19
Cost: $75
What you’ll learn: Instructors Hal Wolin & Pamela Wiznitzer, both cocktail experts and officers of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, will teach you to make cocktails with both classic and innovative, showing participants how bartenders build from the basics to create new drinks. Price of the class includes a cocktail-making kit, so you can come away with the skills and the tools to make your own drinks at home.
For more info: recreational.ice.edu/Home/WineAndBeverages

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