Our Founding Fathers toasted the signing of the Declaration of Independence with Madeira; the most popular American cocktail of the 19th century was made with Sherry; and the Manhattan is nothing without sweet vermouth. Fortified wines are part of the fabric of American cocktails. They're also delightful as drinks in their own right. In this class, Columbia Room head bartender, Suzy Crithclow, will take guests on a journey through the world of fortified and aromatized wines like Sherry, vermouth, and Madeira. Attendees will sample different styles, learn about their evolution and how to use them in cocktails. The class includes three drinks and light snacks.

Hold the Fort...ified Wines!

March 3rd, 2018
Led by Suzy Critchlow, Head Bartender


Fancy cocktail bars are not the only place one should be able get a good drink! Learning essential bartending skills for the home is the best way to impress your guests and to guarantee that, on your nights in, you're still drinking well. In this class, Columbia Room head bartender, Suzy Critchlow, will feature lessons on home bartending techniques as well as some useful tricks to elevate your game such as easy clarification, rapid infusions, making ice, and even how to make homemade amaro. The class includes three drinks and light snacks.

Home is Where the Bar Is

APRIL 14, 2018
Led by Suzy Critchlow, Head Bartender