Had so much fun at my very first mixology class with the James Beard Foundation Greens, a group that holds events for foodies under 40. Junior Merino, The Liquid Chef, and his awesome team of mixologists taught us how to make three different cocktails at 101W15, a fun & modern rental building located at 101 West 15th Street. Everyone had their own shaker and set of tools to work with at the mixing stations while Junior & his team walked us through each cocktail, step by step, starting with The Dragonfly (vodka, cointreau, hibiscus syrup, pink grapefruit juice), El Angel (tequila, mezcal, hibiscus, orange juice with an Aleppo pepper & lime rim), and Kentucky Derby (bourbon, St. Germain, ginger beer, elderflower, mint) — my personal favorite. Best part of it all: we got to drink the cocktails after we made them!
Our mixology station
Shaker and essential tools, compliments of 101W15
Ingredients for our first drink, The Dragonfly (vodka, cointreau, hibiscus syrup, pink grapefruit juice)
Drink is mixed, one last step before it’s complete…
The Liquid Chef, Junior Merino, stopping by our station to check out our progress
Second drink, El Angel, with an Aleppo pepper & lime rim (tequila, mezcal, hibiscus, orange juice)
Third and final drink: Kentucky Derby (bourbon, St. Germain, ginger beer, elderflower, mint)
Bring on the bourbon! This is my kind of cocktail
The Liquid Chef, Junior Merino
Thanks to 101W15 for hosting a great event!