As I've talked about before, the local Anthropologie in the Pearl District of Portland has started hosting different classes, ranging from flower arranging to wine pairing. Last month I attended a Spring Tablescaping Workshop with some girlfriends, and last week David and I went to a Cocktail Making Class!
To be honest, the class was not exactly what we were expecting. I'm not sure if I read the class description wrong or the class changed gears at some point, but I was expecting to learn how to diffuse our own liquors and have a more hands-on experience. Since I knew the class was at Anthropologie, which doesn't exactly have a dedicated event space, I knew we wouldn't all have our own stations or anything, but I did expect the class to be more interactive than it was.
Overall though, I'm definitely glad that we went. The class came off of more of a live plug of Eastside Distilling, a local Portland distillery that makes small batch spirits. They had a bartender give a demonstration of how to make three different cocktails- a Hue-Hue-Tini, a Boulevardier, and a Marionberry Sour (recipes below). We got to sample each drink, and at the end could try the sprits that went into each cocktail.
The Marionberry Sour was definitely my favorite- it is a light, fruity refreshing spritzer drink featuring their Marionberry Whiskey. David went and got some of the whiskey today so we can make them at home! The Hue-Hue-Tini was also really good and would be the perfect cocktail to start the weekend and wake you up after a long week.
I hope you get to enjoy some yummy cocktails this weekend!