In an unusual moment for the Bay Area, our weather and the calendar's declaration of summer actually agree. Dust off your shaker and your bartending skills with a couple of classes this week that'll make your pool, park, or apartment party as potent as the Vieux Carré.
Mixology 101 at the Boothby Center
When: Thu., June 23, 6-8 p.m.
: Get all the fundamentals with hands-on training in tools, cocktail construction, categories, and ingredients. Instructor H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir
) will also teach you how to make the four fundamental "M" cocktails: martinis, margaritas, mojitos, and Manhattans.
Berry Shrub Workshop
Where: Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero)
When: Thu., June 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
: A berry shrub may sound like something Crunch Berries
grow on, but in fact is a colonial-style fruit syrup made from fruits, sugar, and vinegar as a way to preserve and provide a tart brightness to drinks. Used in cocktails and sodas, shrubs provide a perfect showcase for the peak berry bounty at the market now. Join Jennifer Colliau (of Slanted Door
and Small Hand Foods
) and Aaron Gregory Smith (15 Romolo
) for the history, uses, and recipes of this forgotten mixer. Class includes a recipe handbook and hands-on production of two shrubs to take home.