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December 02, 2022 5 min read

Cocktails have been around for generations, but recently have become increasingly popular and widespread amongst even casual consumers. There are various reasons for this surge in popularity. Of course, cocktails are the perfect drink for any occasion, but they are also popular because they can be tailored to fit any mood or taste and are perfect for any time of day. So cocktails are always a fantastic choice, whether you’re searching for a cool beverage on a hot day or something to help you celebrate a particular event.

History Of Cocktails

Cocktails first emerged in the 18th century, with the earliest known recipe appearing in a British publication in 1711. The term "cocktail" first appeared in print in a newspaper article from New York City in 1806. By the mid-1800s, cocktail culture had taken off. Unfortunately, the cocktail scene fell in the late 1800s and earlier 1900s due to Prohibition in the United States. However, thanks to the popularity of speakeasies during this time and the invention of new cocktails like theBloody Mary and Margarita, cocktail culture made a comeback in the mid-1900s and has only continued to grow since then.

Different Types Of Cocktails

There arecountless cocktails, but some of the most common and popular ones include martinis, mojitos, margaritas, Old Fashioneds, and Manhattans. Each type of cocktail has its unique ingredients and flavors, but they are all mixed with a base spirit such as vodka or whiskey, with additional liqueurs, citrus, and sweet elements stirred or shaken in. Some cocktails are served in a martini glass, while others are served over ice in a rocks glass. Some popular types of cocktails include: 

The Old Fashioned Cocktail

The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that dates back to the late 1800s. It's made with whisky or bourbon, bitters, sugar/simple syrup, and a twist of orange or lemon peel and is served over ice in a rocks glass after being stirred with ice. This cocktail is perfect for any occasion, and it's simple ingredients make it easy to customize to your taste.

The Margarita Cocktail

The Margarita is a famous tequila-based cocktail that originated in Mexico. It's made with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice and is most commonly shaken and served on the rocks, but can also be blended. This refreshing cocktail is often garnished with a lime wedge and pairs well with Mexican cuisine.

The Negroni Cocktail

The Negroni is a trendy and bold cocktail made with gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. It's typically served in a martini glass or rocks glass and garnished with an orange peel. This cocktail has a strong, complex flavor and is perfect for those who want something different than the typical vodka or whiskey-based cocktails that are based around one spirit.

The Sour Whisky Cocktail

The Sour is aclassic whiskey-based cocktail that dates back to the 1800s. It's made with whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup and can be served in a martini glass. It's often garnished with a maraschino cherry or orange slice for added flavor. “Sour” is also just a term applied to any shaken cocktail with a spirit, citrus and sweet element, so you can adjust to make a vodka sour, or a Gimlet with gin.

The Martini Cocktail

The Martini is a classic cocktail typically made with gin or vodka, and vermouth and often garnished with a lemon twist or olives. It can be served straight up or on the rocks and is perfect for any sophisticated occasion.

Learn How To Make Cocktails In NYC

There are numerous ways to learn how to make cocktails, including taking a mixology class or experimenting with different ingredients at home. Many cocktail recipes can also be found online or in books dedicated to the art of mixology. When learning how to make cocktails at home, having the right equipment, such as shakers, strainers, jiggers, and glassware is helpful, as technique can have a big impact on the taste of the drink. Practice and experimentation are vital to mastering the art of cocktail making. In NYC, you can book alive experience with a professional mixologist, or if you’re outside of the city, enjoy anonline cocktail creation with us! 

Cocktail Classes At Night Inn Experience In NYC

Are you tired of the same old drinks at your local bar? Come learn to mix something new and exciting at our cocktail classes!

Led by our expert mixologists, you will learn the history and techniques behind classic cocktails and how to create unique, handcrafted drinks.

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, our classes offer something for everyone. So gather your friends and join us atNight Inn for a night of education and indulgence. Cheers!

Below are some cocktail classes near me, "NYC."

Mixology 101: Modern Classics

In this class, you'll learn how to make the perfect martini, old fashioned, and Manhattan cocktails, with suggested variations on each that will “wow” your group! 

Shaken vs. Stirred (Vodka)

In this experience, we'll teach you the differences between shaken and stirred drinks and how to use vodka in your cocktails properly. Our cocktail masterclass will allow you to join our expert mixologist for an in-depth exploration of various spirits and techniques, perfect for those looking to take their cocktail game to the next level!

Shaken vs. Stirred (Gin)

Love gin? This class will teach you how to use Gimlet & Negroni in classic and modern cocktail styles.Book your spot now and become the ultimate cocktail connoisseur!

Shaken vs. Stirred (Whiskey)

In this class, we'll focus on using whiskey in cocktails, covering classics like the Manhattan and Boulevardier and more unique options. Book now and impress your friends with your new skills at your next happy hour. Cheers!

Mix it Up: Custom Cocktails

Ready to unleash your inner mixologist? Try out-of-the-box ingredients and flavors in this class to create one-of-a-kind cocktails. This interactive class will teach you how to use flavor profiles and ingredients to create your own signature cocktails. Come ready with some inspiration and leave with a new go-to drink. Book now for a personalized mixology experience!

Cocktails with friends: Private group Mixology Class

For private groups (Cocktails & friends), we offer mixology classes in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, whether that’s a home, a rooftop, or another private space. Ourinstructors are knowledgeable and passionate about their craft. They will teach you everything from the basics of cocktail making to advanced techniques. They also offer custom classes for private events and parties. Take one of their mixology classes to learn new skills or perfect your cocktail-making abilities.

Cocktails with co-workers: Large group Mixology Class

Cocktails with co-workers is an amazing experience for your team gatherings, off-sites, or client events. We bring the mixologist directly to your office, or a space you can rent, along with all the materials needed for any group size to make incredible cocktails of their own.Reach out today to learn more!

Get In Touch!

If you want to learn more about cocktails and mixology classes, get in touch with our experts at Night Inn! We offer mixology classes for all levels, from beginners to experienced bartenders. Our instructors have years of industry experience and will guide you through the essential methods and skills needed to act like a real bartender.Contact us today to learn more!

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