Interactive Holiday Mixology Education

Interactive Holiday Mixology Education

Interactive holiday mixology class does not mean just tasting the specialty beverages. It means you get to create and drink your creations too. We attended the interactive holiday mixology event in San Tan Valley, Arizona in December. I will admit that I thought we were attending a class where we watch the instructor create a holiday drink and give tips on making it look pretty. Then sample an ounce of each drink. We were we in for a surprise.

The Class Room

Table setting Interactive Holiday Mixology, forever sabbatical

As we enter the classroom, I view multiple high top tables with black table cloths. On each table are 3 settings. Each setting had plates with gold and silver sprinkles, 1 full bottle of vodka, a shaker, a bowl of ice, 4 empty glasses, knives, many labeled liquors premeasured glasses, and more. It was an incredible set up of tools and ingredients.


The instructor quickly let us know that we would be following along with the teacher and creating each of the 4 scheduled beverages ourselves. Bonus: we get to drink them too! Our goal was to learn a new skill with each drink. For example, with the Cranberry Mule, we learned how to “pour.” Next, we learned how to “muddle” with the Winter Old-fashioned. The 3rd skill was how to use the shaker on the Snowflake Martini. Our final skill with Jack Frost was to learn how to mix (without spilling) the ingredients from the pint glass to the shaker of ice and back again.

Tools Interactive Holiday Mixology, forever sabbatical

As with any class, making mistakes is good when you have the teacher there to help you learn how to fix your mistakes. For instance, I though the empty plate at my station was empty and put another plate on top because I needed more room. When it came time to use the sugar water to rim a glass, the teacher showed me that my sugar water was on the not empty plate. Oops. Lesson learned an empty plate might not be empty.

Did you spot the “not” empty plate?

Holiday Drink List

Cranberry mule Interactive Holiday Mixology, forever sabbatical

Cranberry Mule

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 0.25 oz fresh lime juice
  • Cranberry juice

Winter Old-Fashioned

  • Sugar cube
  • 3 dashes of spiced cherry bitters
  • Slice of blood orange
  • 2 oz of winter jack
Snowflake martini Interactive Holiday Mixology, forever sabbatical

Snowflake Martini

  • 1.5 oz white chocolate liqueur
  • ¾ oz whipped vodka
  • ¾ oz cream or half and half

Jack Frost

  • 1.5 oz pomegranate vodka
  • 0.5 oz blue curacao
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • Champagne or prosecco to fill

Interactive Holiday Mixology

All drinks Interactive Holiday Mixology, forever sabbatical

Thank you for our Interactive Holiday Mixology instructor Bartender Sharlotte. Have you attended a drink creating class whether it was with or without alcohol?

21 thoughts on “Interactive Holiday Mixology Education
    1. That is what I was impressed with too. Our drinks turned out looking like the instructors! How often does that happen?

  1. What a fun class, especially for the holidays! I know nothing about making drinks, but I’m pretty good at drinking them. I could use a class like this. The drinks even look pretty.

  2. Never been to a class like this but would love to take a zero proof drink class. They’re becoming increasingly popular and many chefs are adding their non-alc concoctions to the menu. Alcohol or not, it’s fun to create what you eat & drink

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