This blog was originally published at www.aprilwachtel.com on 12/17/2014

I am incredibly excited to announce that this Friday will be my first class teaching at ICE, The famed Institute of Culinary Education! The class will be a new class called 'Couples Cocktails,' themed around cocktails 'designed to be mixed, preferably through an after-sip kiss';)


This was a fun little project, as we decided to feature 5 pairs of cocktails, each pair including one 'feminine' and one 'masculine' cocktail (the secret of course is that there is no such thing, just a perception of 'girly' vs 'manly' drinks.)

We will be linking each pair of the cocktails together by base spirit, one shaken cocktail, one stirred. The sneaky part is that to go along with the theme of the class, each set of cocktails is linked by an 'aphrodisiac' ingredient featured in the shaken cocktail, and a secondary complimentary flavor in the stirred cocktail, so when the drinks are sipped in quick succession, or mixed via smooch, the flavors will work well together;)

For example, our first cocktails will be gin based- 

  • A Bee's Knees (Gin, Lemon, Honey, Shaken), and 
  • A Vesper (Gin, Vodka, Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano, Lemon Twist, Stirred)

….featuring the aphrodisiac ingredient, Honey, with the complementary flavor, Citrus.


Another pair will be Scotch inspired- 

  • A Blood and Sand (Scotch, Cherry Heering, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Juice, Shaken), and
  • A Rusty Nail (Scotch and Drambuie, Stirred)

….featuring the aphrodisiac ingredient, Cherry, and the complementary flavor, Smoke.

This should be fun!

Also, not only am I excited to teach a fun new class in a new context, but I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the inimitable Anthony Caporale, Director of Beverage Studies at ICE, and a BADASS instructor. Anthony is building a small team of educators in anticipation of ICE's move to their new 74,000 foot location in the Financial District, and I feel fortunate to find myself in Anthony's company, as well as alongside industry juggernauts Pamela Wiznitzer and Jonathan Pogash.:) 

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