I know it is not technically happy hour or Friday yet, but I feel like the internet really needs this right now. Drinks guys, drinks. Last week, teachers Jill and Genevieve were kind enough to share a recipe for their favorite classic cocktail. The workshop covered a bit of cocktail history, and the following recipes are for truly classic Old Fashioneds and Sazerac cocktails. Enjoy!
G’s Old Fashioned
1 ½ oz bourbon
1 tsp Bitter Housewife Bitters (or 2-3 generous dashes of Angostura)
1 tsp rich syrup*
Generous splash of soda water
*2 parts demerara or turbinado sugar, 1 part water
Muddle orange, cherry, bitters and rich syrup in an old fashioned glass. Pour in bourbon and soda. Add ice, stir and enjoy!
Jill’s Classic Sazerac
2 Oz Rye Whiskey
Rinse of Herb Sainte / Absinthe
Fill a tumbler with ice to cool glass. In a mixing glass add one sugar cube and douse with bitters, about three decent dashes should suffice. Muddle until a paste forms, then add your whiskey and dry stir with a bar spoon. Add ice and stir until ice has diluted the mixture slightly. Dump the ice in your tumbler and coat with an Absinthe / Herb Sainte rinse. Strain the Rye and bitters into the tumbler and garnish with an orange peel.
Three Skill Exchange workshops and a party are all wrapped up for the season at Makeshift Society. Our final workshop was last night, lead by cocktail masters Jill and Genevieve. This series covered a diverse span of topics, from DIY pickled green strawberries, no-sew upholstery, Italian cheese and wine pairings and cocktails and bitters. Makeshift Society was an excellent host, and the space was very flexible for all the schemes we planned and executed over the last two months. I had a huge amount of help from my dear intern, the staff at Makeshift and a handful of very kind volunteers who were insanely helpful, assisting with everything from tickets, heavy lifting, serving, bar-tending, running errands and a whole host of other things.
This series was different from previous workshops in a number of ways, and I learned a good deal of lessons. The workshops all had higher price points, but we were able to offer more resources as a result. We’re slowly working towards being able to better support our teachers, while also working on a few plans to offer more low-cost public events in the future. I’m collecting feedback from students, and still processing all of the ideas that have come out of this series. Some mistakes were made, but we also had some surprise successes that I’ll continue to implement in future events.
Skill Exchange is on vacation (ha!) for the summer, but we’ll be back in early fall with a whole new lineup, and some new tricks to share!
Next Thursday is our final workshop at Makeshift Society, exploring the topic of cocktails. Our two workshop instructors have years of experience in the cocktail world, both drinking and creating them for others to enjoy! Genevieve Brazelton makes her own line of cocktail bitters, and is well-versed in crafting the perfect combination of aromatics, flavor and experience. Jill Fitzgerald is a seasoned bartender, and co-owner of the newly opened Outer Mission/Bernal Flats bar, Virgil’s Sea Room. Together, Jill and Genevieve will lead the workshop through a lesson on the basic building blocks of cocktails, and help us understand a bit of history behind classic cocktails, and make a few for us to enjoy. We’ll also do a tasting of bitters, and dive into understanding the purpose and place for bitters in your cocktail. Tickets are limited and of course, open to 21 + over only. Tickets here.
Last week our Italian cheese and wine workshop at Makeshift Society was a wonderful evening of cheese, history and of course, wine. Thank you to our teachers, Sophie and Deena for making the evening such a fun and informative event!
Its been over a week since the Skill Exchange mixer at Makeshift Society, and I’m still feeling quite humbled by the sold out crowd and wonderful teachers who shared their skills at the party. We worked with the lovely and talented photographer Kara Brodgsell, who documented the whole evening beautifully. These pictures represent just a small slice of the evening, and we’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks over at SkillExchangeSF.com. as I was reviewing this set over the weekend, I was amazed at all that went on during the party.
I feel like I had tunnel vision at the party, racing from front to back,checking items off the to-do list, so I missed some of the faces and demonstrations.Looking at these photos is a little like seeing the whole event with new eyes. Oh, and did you check out that fairly balanced female-to-male ratio? Men! You’ve finally found Skill Exchange, welcome!
Two events down, two more to go! This week we’ve got another workshop at Makeshift Society, one that I am particularly excited about. The topic is Italian cheese and wine, two things very near and dear to me, every single week. I have to admit, cheese is a bit of a mystery to me, and wine is an area that I enjoy very much, but know very little about. When scheduling this workshop, I wanted to create an experience that would help people like me find a balance between loving, and understanding cheese and wine, without getting too intense or pretentious. For $40, this workshop will offer tastings, conversations, and a great, relatable resource guide to help demystify cheese and wine pairings, without overwhelming the senses.
This workshop is for anyone who loves cheese and wine, but isn’t quite confident in their ability to pair the perfect combination. Our two instructors, a Cheese Monger and Advanced Sommelier will lead a small group of eager cheese and wine lovers through a 2-hour introduction to regional Italian cheese and wine, and will of course, include cheese and wine tastings. By the end of the evening you’ll have tasted at least 4 wines and 8 cheeses, and you’ll leave the class with a resource guide and the confidence to dive deeply into the nearest cheese counter or wine shop. Tickets available here.
Last Thursday was our sold-out workshop with Lara Rempel of Box Pleat Design. Lara lead a great introductory workshop for no-sew DIY upholstery. June 13th will be the final workshop of the series, focusing on cocktails and bitters!