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Beat the heat with some cool summer cocktail classes at El Chorro

Posted on: May 21st, 2013 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Here’s a newsflash: Summer is coming… and it’s sure to be a scorcher.

Obviously, this comes to no surprise to any of us. While Arizona has all but completely bypassed spring, the temps are creeping up and soon enough there will be nothing but 100 degree temps in our future until early October! Valley residents are constantly looking for ways other than taking up permanent residence in our pools to beat the heat. A perfectly refreshing and chilled cocktail always seems to help me and El Chorro understands that I am not the only one holding to that belief.

One Wednesday a month, beginning June 5th, 20 guests are invited to join El Chorro’s ‘Sultan of Sips’, Alec Van Dobben, for a bar-side meal and personal instruction on expertly crafting cocktails with spirits such as tequila, gin, rum and whiskey in the restaurant’s Classroom Bar.

El Chorro's Classroom Bar

El Chorro’s Classroom Bar

Cocktail Classes will include:

  • A brief demonstration on basic bar techniques
  • An overview of the evening’s featured liquor and tips on flavor combinations
  • The opportunity to create a unique signature cocktail
  • A tasting of participant’s cocktail creations and socializing

Classes will be limited to individuals 21 years of age and older.

Here is a complete list of the Summer Series classes:

  • Wednesday, June 5 | 6 to 7:30pm

The 5 types of Tequila: Blanco (Silver), Joven (Gold), Reposado (Aged), Añejo (Extra aged) and Extra Añejo (Ultra-aged)
Bar-side meal: Choice of steak or chicken fajitas.
Program Fee: $65 plus tax

  • Wednesday, July 10 | 6 to 7:30 p.m.

An Intro to Gin: How to approach, understand and appreciate gin
Bar-side meal: Classic jumbo shrimp cocktail with English cucumber and radish salad
Program Fee: $55 plus tax

  • Wednesday, August 7 | 6 to 7:30 p.m

Rum: Unveiling the truth on the diverse and misunderstood liquor
Bar-side meal: Jamaican jerk chicken with black beans & rice
Program Fee: $50 plus tax

  • Wednesday, September 18 | 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Whiskey: The facts on Scotch and Bourbon
Bar-side meal: Schreiner’s sausage & artisan cheese plate with pickled vegetables and warm pretzels
Program Fee: $79 plus tax

(Vegetarian options available upon request)

To RSVP, contact Sheila Gaskell at sheila@elchorro.com or 480-948-5170. Please note: classes are intimate and limited to 20 participants per date, on a first come first serve basis.

El Chorro is located at 5550 E Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley.

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance wirter, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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