Looking to brush up on your cocktail-makings skills? Same. I can make a mean vodka water with lemon (I know, ew) but when it comes to crafting something special, I don’t have much experience.
That’s why I was super pumped to take a SHAKE.STIR.SIP.SOCIALIZE Cocktail Class by Liberate Your Palate.
Liberate Your Palate was founded in 2015 by my friend Tamu Curtis. At that time, I participated in the company’s Passbook Tour, which gave participants access to $5 craft cocktails around Charlotte.
Since then, Tamu has expanded the brand and now offers cocktail classes (including private sessions) and mobile bartending. (View upcoming classes here!)
On a Saturday in February, I attended LYP’s Brunch Cocktail Class at NEST Restaurant & Lounge. We arrived to individual stations all set up and ready with appropriate tools/ingredients and a recipe pamphlet.
There were three cocktails on the menu, and each was paired with a brunch bite from NEST’s kitchen. Here’s the lineup:
- Smoky Pineapple Margarita with Shrimp & Grits
- Tamarind Mule with Chicken & Waffles (Gotta give a shout out to this chicken. AMAZING flavor!)
- Big Town Sour with Fruit & Whipped Cream
Over the course of two hours, we watched and listened as Tamu walked us through the cocktail creations. She also educated us on certain origins, ingredients, and processes along the way.
I really enjoyed all three cocktails, but my favorite was the margarita. Tamu demonstrated how to make “salt air” then topped our glasses with it, which added a nice salty finish to the marg (a great replacement for a salted rim!)
If you’re looking for a unique way to spend time with friends or with a date, you gotta check out Liberate Your Palate’s Cocktail Classes. You’ll definitely leave thirsty for more.
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