Months after actually purchasing a one time bar tending course from LivingSocial my friend Kathleen and I managed to get our asses in gear and attend a three hour lesson.
The class took place at Empire Lounge, which used to be W.C. Field’s back in the day. Coincidentally it was also Kathleen’s and my local haunt when we worked together at my first real advertising job.
The class was a little overcrowded by people with no professional bar tending ambitions, or any kitchen skills at all for that matter. So our course was running long after just one hands on cocktail making experience.
For the rest of the evening we mostly watched and learned the proper techniques rather than try them for ourselves. Thankfully, we at least got to sample each cocktail he made along the way.
Much like when I took a knife skills class after years of cooking at home I can’t say I learned anything earth shattering tonight. What I did walk away with were some handy techniques that will make my cocktails even better.
Also, I am now armed with the knowledge to convince Shauna that we need a proper citrus press for the kitchen.