The Art of the Cocktail - Our 3rd ONLINE Event with Scott Harris

As featured in the Washington Post

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Catoctin Creek is proud to present, our SEVENTH year of this six-part educational series on the history and the art of the cocktail.  This year, we are offering the class as an ONLINE class since we can't have classes in person in the distillery.  Here are the logistics of the online class format:

  • Lower price for the class (Just $10 per person)
  • Each week before the class, we will give you a shopping list of items to purchase, including our spirits.  All of our spirits and much of the mixers will be available for purchase on our website for pickup or delivery.
  • The day of the class, I will email you a ZOOM link for the class.
  • Then, comfortably ensconced in your home, you can follow along with your ingredients and equipment.  Keep your camera on so I can see your faces, and feel free to ASK QUESTIONS!  I still want this to be an interactive experience!
  • We did this online class last summer during the COVID pandemic, and it worked out really well.  We had lots of people mention that they really enjoyed the escape for an hour or two each Friday evening, and it had even become like a Date Night for them.  I hope it can provide you some much needed social life during these last months (hopefully) of COVID.

The Class:

Starting on March 12th, Scott Harris, founder and distiller at Catoctin Creek, will appear online via Zoom every Friday for this six-week series. Beginning at 7pm, Scott will personally guide you through the history and construction of several cocktails, including the old classics, and modern takes on the cocktail!  Bottles will be available for sale on our ONLINE SHOP so you can get what you need for the workshops.

In this series, I will be focusing on various cocktails from books I'm enjoying. These are not cocktail recipe books, per se, but actual books on either history or some other topic, which have a prodigious amount of cocktails inside. Think of this season's class as a cocktail-infused book club. If you want to get the books and review them beforehand, that's fine, but this is not required. We'll mostly be making drinks and having fun, so don't sweat the details too much here!

But if you do get the books, please reach out and support your local independent bookstore if at all possible. They're little guys, like us, and appreciate your business. They'll also mail your books to you, so you don't have to travel far. Here are a couple we recommend:

Here is the schedule for the series:

  • March 12 - Behind Bars, High Class Cocktails Inspired by Lowlife Gangsters by Shawn McManus, Vincent Pollard, Paul Sloman
  • March 19 - Give Me Liberty and Give Me a Drink! by C. Jarrett Dieterle
  • March 26 - Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters by Derek Brown with Robert Yule
  • April 2 - Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt, The Complete History of Presidential Drinking by Mark Will-Weber
  • April 9 - A Drinkable Feast, A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene
  • April 16 - Shaking Up Prohibition in New Orleans, Authentic Vintage Cocktails from A to Z by Olive Leonhardt and Hilda Phelps Hammond

Ingredients will be easy to obtain, and the lessons will be fun as ever. This will be via Zoom, so I still expect lots of interaction and questions and good times. It's a drinks class, after all! As I mention in many of my classes, this class will be equal parts, cocktail how-to, education, and fun.

Tickets are ONLY $10 per person for the lessons, which leaves you room to purchase the ingredients. You can purchase our spirits in our online store.

If you don't know anything about cocktails, you'll love this class.  If you're already an expert, come and enjoy some casual conversation and a few drinks.  The cost is only $10 per person.


Each session:
$10 per person

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Zoom image of 30 people having fun in the cocktail class

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