NY Note: Bar Basics and Mixology Classes at the Astor Center

We're confident in our abilities to make a pretty gosh-darn good cocktail, but our creations look pretty humble when compared to the potables from the mixology wizkids at NYC's poshest bars. They bring back classic creations and use unusual ingredients to create sublimely balanced drinks.

So we're excited about two upcoming classes at the Astor Center, which incidentally, might make a pretty good Father's Day gift.

The first, taught by the masterminds behind the East Village bar PDT, is actually on Father's Day, this next Sunday, June 15th. PDT Presents: Home Bar Basics is really for beginners, teaching you what tools and alcohols you'll need in your home bar, including, "an overview of the most versatile brands to consider at each price point." You'll learn some proper techniques and the specialty preparation methods used at PDT.

For more advanced swillers, there's Elements of Mixology: The Cocktail Lab, a hands-on workshop where you'll be able to "craft your own unique libations from a veritable cornucopia of spirits, mixers, fresh fruits, juices, herbs, and spices." There's also the promise of an exciting goodie bag of treats to take home.

Each class is $95, and requires pre-registration.

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