Best Mixology Class
The Violet Hour
Get some history with your hooch at this swanky bar’s hyperniche mixo classes, which pair technical knowhow with cocktail lore. Casual drinkers should opt for the one-session master class—which runs five times a year and tracks the evolution of the cocktail (costs vary; the most recent was $150)—but enthusiasts can arrange private crash courses. What’s more, classes are customizable: Some of the best bartenders in town can essentially become personal instructors for you and your pals ($50 to $150 a head per session, including booze).
How to: Make the perfect Mojito
“Drop some mint leaves into a Collins glass, and use a muddler to barely bruise them.Add a little sugar. Measure two ounces of a good five-year-old rum, and pour just a little of it into the glass. Toss in three-quarters of an ounce of lime juice, three-quarters of an ounce of simple syrup, and the rest of the rum. Pop a little soda in there, add ice, give it a good stir, and put a bunch more mint on top so you can smell it when you’re drinking.” —Eden Laurin, managing partner of the Violet Hour