To celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday, a group of us got together and took a cocktail class at mint, a local bar that specializes in delicious and fancy cocktails. The class was taught by bartender extraordinaire and Mint owner Lucy. She is also the author of a book on cocktails: Hip Sips: Modern Cocktails to Raise Your Spirits
Those of you who know me know that I don’t/can’t really drink. In fact, I have never been drunk. This year, though, I have realized that I can drink very small amounts of vodka, as long as it is mixed with something fruity and a very, very sugary rim. That isn’t saying much, considering I had about 6 sips total and was feeling very flushed. Since I was the designated driver, I stopped at my 6 sips and just ate a bunch of the delicious sweet potato fries.
We learned how to make three drinks: Guava Cosmo, Bella (kind of like a lemon drop but with blackberry puree instead of lemon), and O (a twist on the mojito). Some Very Important Things I learned: NEVER use triple sec, or if you do, don’t let Lucy catch you; make your own simple syrup; don’t use the stems from mint (bitter).
It was a really fun class–good drinks, good snacks, good instruction, good company. If you like cocktails and are ever in Portland, be sure to check out Mint!
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