Mindful Mixology: Making Non-Alcoholic Cocktails with Derek Brown - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Mindful Mixology: Making Non-Alcoholic Cocktails with Derek Brown

3 sessions
$80 per person
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$80 per person
$80 per person
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What We’ll Do

This course has already started! However, you can still join if you’d like to (and we hope you will!). Students enrolling after the course start date and time will have access to a recording of the first session (which will be emailed to participants within 72 hours) as well as the option to attend remaining sessions live. Please select the “Join Late” ticket type to enroll after the course has begun.

In this three-part lecture series, become fluent in the ingredients, techniques, and history of no- and low-alcohol cocktails.

Course Description

No- and low-alcohol cocktails are part of a growing trend, but they have a deep history in the U.S. that can be traced back to the temperance movement. In this three-part mindful mixology workshop, author, cocktail expert, and mindful drinker Derek Brown will delve into this history and explore how to make great no- and low-alcohol* cocktails at home that are delicious and flavorful. Using ingredients from your pantry along with new no- and low-alcohol wine, beer, and spirits, we’ll explore techniques to combine them in creative ways—drawing from spirit-free drinks from the past along the way.

*All low-alcohol cocktails can be made non-alcoholic

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Syllabus At A Glance

There are three total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours on three consecutive Thursdays beginning July 29.

Session 1 (Thursday, July 29, 7:30–9 PM ET): An Introduction to Mindful Mixology

(Cocktails covered: Orgeat Lemonade and Aperol Spritz)

Session 2 (Thursday, August 5, 7:30–9 PM ET): No-Alcohol Cocktails

(Cocktails covered: Pinchhitter and Campfire Old Fashioned)

Session 3 (Thursday, August 12, 7:30–9 PM ET): Low-Alcohol Cocktails

(Cocktails covered: Downward Tiger and Champagne Cocktail)

Between Sessions

Outside of class, students will be encouraged to read articles and practice techniques used in class. 

Course Materials

Students who wish to participate during class will need a shaker, strainer, mixing glass, spoon, and jigger. These can all be purchased at cocktailkingdom.com or kegworks.com for between $50 and $100 if they don’t have them already. A list of ingredients for drinks prepared during class will be provided prior to the start of the course.

Pricing Options

We currently offer tiered ticket pricing in an effort to increase accessibility for all students, regardless of economic situation. Our lecture series are available at three ticket prices, with a limited number of no-pay spots available for students who could not otherwise participate. This model is intended to support a wider range of students as well as our instructors. To learn more about our tiered sliding scale pricing model, please visit our FAQ page.

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Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to the class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time.

About Your Instructor
Derek Brown
Derek Brown

A native Washingtonian with deep ties to the city, Derek Brown is a leading spirits and cocktail expert best known for his work at Washington, D.C.’s 2017 Spirited Award-winning "Best American Cocktail Bar," Columbia Room. He is the author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World—which earned him "Author of the Year" at the 2020 Nightclub & Bar Show Awards—and a forthcoming book on no- and low- alcohol cocktails, Mindful Mixology: A Comprehensive Guide to No- And Low-Alcohol Cocktails with 60 Recipes, slated for release January 2022.

Derek’s passion for spirits and cocktails has taken him across the globe where he’s learned about the integral role food and drink play in culture, customs, and values of communities worldwide. He’s written about drinks and drinking for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Vox, among other publications. You can follow him on Instagram (@drinkcompany) and Twitter (@ideasimprove).

What Else You Should Know

This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch a recording after each session airs. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. Within 72 hours after each session airs, we will email all enrolled students a recording of the session, which they can watch using a temporary password for up to ten weeks after the course concludes.

In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.

We provide closed captioning for all of our courses, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at experiences@atlasobscura.com if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.

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