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The Everyday Guide to Spirits & Cocktails: Tastes & Traditions

by The Great Courses
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Learn the history, spirits and techniques behind your favorite classic cocktails.

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a 200-page printable course guide with drink recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Closed captioning available (web only)
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Rum: The Versatile Spirit
4. Tequila & Mezcal: The Ancient Spirits
5. Brandy: The Luxury Spirit
6. Liqueurs & Cordials: The Flavored Spirits
7. The Mixology Toolkit & Classic Recipes
8. The Home Bar & Seasonal Recipes

Taught by

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is one of only a few hundred people in the world to have achieved the Master of Wine title from The Institute of Masters of Wine in London. She also has a professional certificate in spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a certified Specialist of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators. A winner of the Wiesbaden Tasting Trophy from The Institute of Masters of Wine, Jennifer has taught courses for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust; judged international competitions, including the Ultimate Beverage Challenge; and hosted seminars with Food Network stars.

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