Cocktails & Spirits

The Hoxton's Mixology Classes: Back to School (With Cocktails)

Ever enjoy the perfect cocktail at your local bar and wish you could make a good drink at home? Well, you might not be a seasoned mixologist, but The Hoxton's Thomas Merolla feels that anyone should be able to make a solid cocktail.

Which is why the talented bartender is hosting a monthly class at the Brickell hotspot. The interactive two-hour session, held on the second Thursday of each month, has Merolla teaching the secrets to three classic cocktails -- all of which you (in the name of learning) get to make -- and taste. Cocktails are paired with bar bites and participants receive a gift bag filled with goodies. Ours included a snazzy baseball cap, a shot glass, and two complimentary Hoxton drink tickets -- good for any time.

The classes are $45 per person, $80 for a couple, and $35 per person for groups of four or more. Classes can be customized and can be booked for private events, as well (think a sophisticated martini lesson for a bridal shower or a birthday bourbon blowout bash). Due to the limited space available, reservations are required for those interested in attending and can be made by emailing [email protected]

We recently attended (in the name of research) and actually learned a thing or two -- including how to make our new favorite drink -- the New York sour.

The Hoxton's Thomas Merolla makes the classes fun and informative.

Miami's favorite cocktail, this mojito is made with dark rum for a more complex flavor.

The first documented "cocktail", the old fashioned is a classic drink that's simple to make.

The New York sour starts with a basic whiskey sour, then adds a red wine "floater".

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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