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with Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Online Class

The Everyday Guide to Spirits & Cocktails: Tastes & Traditions

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Add "mixology" to your list of party tricks! Discover how to show off a spirit's most unique characteristics for drinks that get better with every sip. Certified Specialist of Spirits Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan shows you how to make great cocktails, and subsequently how to be the most popular person at any event.


  • intermediate
  • 8 episodes
  • 4h12m

Included in this Class

1. Vodka & Gin: The Cocktail Spirits

1. Vodka & Gin: The Cocktail Spirits

Meet your instructor, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, and begin with a look at how spirits such as vodka and gin were discovered, how they're distilled and how versatile they are in classic cocktails.

2. Whiskey: The Complex Spirit

2. Whiskey: The Complex Spirit

Uncover the flavors and textures found in single-malt scotches, bourbon, fine oak scotch and other whiskeys from around the world. Then, learn how the malting process works and why a whiskey's age is so important.

3. Rum: The Versatile Spirit

3. Rum: The Versatile Spirit

Taste rhum agricole, white rum, and even rums from Barbados and Jamaica. Find out how to recognize the distinct aromas and tastes of these spirits. You'll also learn how to make shopping for rum easier, before mastering several rum-based drinks.