Shopping/Ingredient List for 12/11 Cocktail Class

 

Spirits:

  • Bourbon
  • Mezcal 
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Sparkling wine/champagne/prosecco
    Make sure it’s not too sweet and that it’s chilled when class starts.
    My favorite is the Good Clean Wine Spumante, and you can order it online. They’re friends and clients but I truly love the wine. And it’s only $20/bottle. I have a promo code to get one bottle free if you order three. It’s BUBBLES. Honestly, though, any cheap prosecco should do! 

 

Groceries: 

  • Sugar
    You’ll need about 3.5 cups total

  • Sugar cubes
    These are totally optional!
  • Sea salt
    I recommend
    Maldon but whatever you have works!
  • Cinnamon
    You just need a pinch and it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have this, but you have this… right?
  • Cardamom
    You just need a pinch and it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have this.
  • Vanilla extract 
    The fancy stuff… or at least the decent stuff
  • Lemon juice
    I highly recommend
    the Santa Cruz brand or squeezing your own
  • White balsamic vinegar
    You’ll need 16 ounces
  • 3 lemons 
  • 2 cups (1 bag) fresh cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary sprig for cocktail garnish (optional)
  • Club soda

 

Tools/Other:

  • Cocktail shaker or mason jar with lid
    Better yet,
    a strainer for a mason jar!
  • Some kind of strainer or sieve
    You only need this if you don’t have a shaker or strainer lid
  • Mesh sieve
    The small one in this set is good for straining cocktails and the bigger one good for straining the shrub)
  • Cheap wooden spoon 
    It will get stained!
  • Bar spoon
    This is totally optional but a real bar spoon is fun.
    Any spoon (or even better a butter knife) will do. 
  • Medium saucepan
  • Sharp knife with cutting board/surface
  • Small plate/saucer
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup

 

Glassware

This is all optional — you can use whatever glasses you want or have on hand — but the right glassware makes it more fun.

 
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Make These Ahead of Class

CRANBERRY SHRUB

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups sugar
2 cups white balsamic vinegar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cardamom

DIRECTIONS

Combine the cranberries, sugar, and vinegar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir it well, and let it reach a boil (it will get all kinds of foamy and shit on top). Reduce the heat to low, add the cinnamon and cardamom, stir, and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 more minutes. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve (using a spoon to get all the juices out), and let it cool completely then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge to chill. 

 

SIMPLE SYRUP

INGREDIENTS

1 cup water
1 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat and stir well. Let it come to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat, let it cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container (a mason jar is good) to chill in the fridge.