When it comes to serving drinks en masse for a holiday party, it's often easiest to dump a bunch of ingredients into a punch bowl or Crock-Pot and call it a day. But if you're looking to go the extra mile and impress your guests with your cocktail skills this year, Grand Tavern by David Burke is here to help.
Meredith Barry, beverage director of Grand Tavern, will lead a "Mixology Monday" class on Dec. 9 to teach attendees how to make a few holiday cocktails, including the proper techniques to stir and shake them up properly.
She's the bar manager at the swanky hotel restaurant and bar.
Barry will teach guests how to make an Old Fashioned, a spiced rum drink and a gin spritz with a cranberry-spice Campari syrup. Besides teaching what goes into each cocktail and the proper way to mix it, she will also teach guests how to make the simple syrups included in the recipes. Whatever your skill level, Barry has designed it to be enjoyable whether you want to learn the tricks of the trade or just want to sip a few cocktails and eat some appetizers.
"It's kind of a way to know how to use your tools to make more refined cocktails for your own personal enjoyment and for the enjoyment of other people," Barry says. "And if you want to take it up that notch and if you want to get to that different level, this is going to help you get there."
All attendees will get to drink the cocktails they learn to make alongside light bites from the Grand Tavern such as oysters on the half shell with caviar, truffle arancini with arrabiata sauce, savory holiday tarts and peppermint and chocolate cheesecake pops.
"It's gonna be really nice and intimate," Barry says.
Tickets for "Mixology Monday" are available on Eventbrite for $40.
Grand Tavern by David Burke, 626 N. Grand Blvd. (inside the Angad Arts Hotel), Grand Center, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.405.3399, grandtavernstl.com