CUESA | Class: Fresh Squeezed: Easy Market-Driven Cocktails Class

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Fresh Squeezed: Easy Market-Driven Cocktails Class

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Anyone can make farmers market cocktails at home, with a little basic knowledge. Should you muddle or shake? Infuse, or make a syrup or a shrub? With a few tips and techniques from Lou Bustamante, local spirits and bar journalist and author of The Complete Cocktail Manual: 285 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes (Weldon Owen, 2016), you’ll be crafting flavorful libations from the season’s sweetest strawberries and pepperiest cresses.

After a shopping tour of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market for ingredients, you will learn how to incorporate farmers market produce into your delicious cocktail creations through a variety of techniques:

  • Muddling
  • Shaking
  • Infusing
  • Incorporating or featuring syrups or shrubs

The class will meet in the CUESA classroom, which is located within the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, behind the info booth on the south plaza in front of the Ferry Building. This is a hands-on class and you will be standing and walking for the duration of the class. Light snacks will be served. You must be 21 to attend.

 Easy Market-Driven Cocktails Class

Lou Bustamante is the author of The Complete Cocktail Manual: 285 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes (Weldon Owen, 2016) and a freelance writer currently providing coverage for the San Francisco Chronicle on everything bar- and cocktail-related. His beat takes him to the Bay Area’s best bars, and aside from being a prolific cocktail drinker, he has also filled a considerable number of roles within the spirits industry: working at a distillery, recipe & product development, bartending, whiskey label design, and importing 20 tons of whole cooked agave piñas from Tequila, Mexico. Prior to that he spent several years working in restaurant kitchens and farmers market stalls.

Photo courtesy of Valter Fabiano


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