Craft Cocktails from Your DIY Herb Garden

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Food & Drink

Event Overview

Do you love sipping craft cocktails at bars like The Violet Hour, Billy Sunday, and The Barrelhouse Flat? Wish you could show off to your friends by making them upscale drinks? Fresh, flavorful herbs are the key to in-your-face seasonal cocktails, and when you learn to grow them at home, a nearly free way to transform your drinking experience.

In this class, micro-farmer Todd Jones will take you through the basics of starting your own indoor herb garden, even if you just have spare windowsill and a black thumb. He'll get his hands dirty building an herb box and sharing the do's and don'ts of your new garden.

Next, Chef Alia Dalal will use those herbs to create 3 simple, craft cocktails with minimal ingredients and local, artisanal spirits like Letherbee Gin, CH Distillery Vodka and Koval Whiskey. Learn to make:

-Old Fashioned with DIY bitters
-Masala Gimlet
-Lychee Basil Fizz

Each student will leave with a dropper bottle of homemade bitters, a packet of herb seeds, a fearless attitude towards building a home bar and herb garden, and--let's be real--probably a pretty good buzz.

What to Bring

Just your fine selves

What's Provided

All materials will be provided

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Chef Alia Dalal

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Alia Dalal is a health-promoting chef and culinary instructor, helping people learn about the food they eat. Her distaste of too-sugary cocktails led her to seek out good beverage programs and solid spirits and to take a more culinary approach to creating upscale cocktails in her kitchen. Chef Alia has worked in restaurant and spa kitchens in Chicago, New York City and India and teaches cooking classes at places like Whole Foods Markets and The Chopping Block. Last year, she was named a finalist to host WTTW's TV show Check, Please!

For this class, Chef Alia is joined by micro-farmer Todd Jones. A gardening and growing expert, Todd is the founder of Every Last Morsel, a community marketplace for locally grown food and has personally set up many urban gardens in restaurants and homes across Chicago. He was eager to be involved in any project that involved making and testing craft cocktails on Monday morning. You can find him at everylastmorsel.com.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Alyson B.
    Reviewed on 10/10/14

    This class was so much fun! Both of the teachers were very friendly and knowledgeable. We made some great drinks, that were pretty easy to make and I look forward to trying on my own. I would be open to taking another class like this from the teachers and I would highly recommend this one!

    This class was so much fun! Both of the teachers were very friendly and knowledgeable. We made some great drinks, that were pretty easy to make and I look forward to trying on my own. I would be open to taking another class like this from the teachers and I would highly recommend this one!

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    Jessi S.
    Reviewed on 09/20/14

    Loved the class! They made the class fun and interesting.

    Loved the class! They made the class fun and interesting.

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    Tiffany R.
    Reviewed on 09/11/14

    This class is engaging, informational, and FUN. I didn't really know what to expect and walked in and Alia had the first drink ready to go, which made the class more social and relaxed from the start. She then showed us how she made the first drink while we sipped on it and then Todd spoke about the basics of gardening- which was extremely helpful to me as he is very knowledgeable. Then we were able to make the next 2 drinks all while Alia gave us some history on the liquors and how they were invented, which was really interesting. Overall, this class is a great way to get a little tipsy while getting your hands dirty and learning a few new things. Also, a great bonus was they gave each person the recipes and instructions, a seed to grow our own plants, and our own bitters!

    This class is engaging, informational, and FUN. I didn't really know what to expect and walked in and Alia had the first drink ready to go, which made the class more social and relaxed from the start. She then showed us how she made the first drink while we sipped on it and then Todd spoke about the basics of gardening- which was extremely helpful to me as he is very knowledgeable. Then we were able to make the next 2 drinks all while Alia gave us some history on the liquors and how they were invented, which was really interesting. Overall, this class is a great way to get a little tipsy while getting your hands dirty and learning a few new things. Also, a great bonus was they gave each person the recipes and instructions, a seed to grow our own plants, and our own bitters!

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    Michael M.
    Reviewed on 08/28/14

    The Craft Cocktails from Your DIY Herb Garden class was fun, social, and educational. I came into the class with zero gardening experience, and assumed my apartment would be unsuitable to grow any type of plant life. Todd was extremely knowledgeable about the subject, and helped teach me how to properly grow an herb garden. Alia was very engaging and energetic. She was able to instruct the class how to create three fun and easy drinks, while also giving a background to where each drink originated from. I would highly recommend this class to friends and family, and will be keeping an eye out for more classes from Alia and Todd!

    The Craft Cocktails from Your DIY Herb Garden class was fun, social, and educational. I came into the class with zero gardening experience, and assumed my apartment would be unsuitable to grow any type of plant life. Todd was extremely knowledgeable about the subject, and helped teach me how to properly grow an herb garden. Alia was very engaging and energetic. She was able to instruct the class how to create three fun and easy drinks, while also giving a background to where each drink originated from. I would highly recommend this class to friends and family, and will be keeping an eye out for more classes from Alia and Todd!

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    Shuchi K.
    Reviewed on 08/27/14

    Todd and Alia's class was super informative, and very fun! I liked that we were able to create the drinks ourselves from Alia's instructions! The instructors did a good job of describing exactly why and how they follow certain processes. For the herb/plant growing instruction of the class, Todd made sure to connect the lesson to our day to day life. He made note our growing conditions, and gave tips for our specific spaces. Alia also made the class interesting by giving us the historical background on the origin of the drinks. Overall, it was a great experience, and I even got to use the drink recipes at a party the next day!

    Todd and Alia's class was super informative, and very fun! I liked that we were able to create the drinks ourselves from Alia's instructions! The instructors did a good job of describing exactly why and how they follow certain processes. For the herb/plant growing instruction of the class, Todd made sure to connect the lesson to our day to day life. He made note our growing conditions, and gave tips for our specific spaces. Alia also made the class interesting by giving us the historical background on the origin of the drinks. Overall, it was a great experience, and I even got to use the drink recipes at a party the next day!

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    Tina C.
    Reviewed on 08/25/14

    This was such a fantastic class and I HIGHLY recommend it!! It was my first dabble class ever, and I couldn't have had a better experience. It was so fun and informative and I would totally take the same class again just for the heck of it :) The cocktails were really interesting and I am going to make them at home and impress my friends. So glad I did this!

    This was such a fantastic class and I HIGHLY recommend it!! It was my first dabble class ever, and I couldn't have had a better experience. It was so fun and informative and I would totally take the same class again just for the heck of it :) The cocktails were really interesting and I am going to make them at home and impress my friends. So glad I did this!

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    Corryn A.
    Reviewed on 08/22/14

    What could be a more fun weeknight activity? Skip the boring Happy Hour and head over to Craft Cocktails from your DIY Herb Garden! You'll learn some tips for making "notyourgrandfather's" cocktails as well as useful container growing advice for fresh herbs. Class was fun, casual, and informative. Feel free to shout out your questions as you go along - there's no formal structure. Alia and Todd are full of knowledge, so probe away.

    What could be a more fun weeknight activity? Skip the boring Happy Hour and head over to Craft Cocktails from your DIY Herb Garden! You'll learn some tips for making "notyourgrandfather's" cocktails as well as useful container growing advice for fresh herbs. Class was fun, casual, and informative. Feel free to shout out your questions as you go along - there's no formal structure. Alia and Todd are full of knowledge, so probe away.

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    Katherine D.
    Reviewed on 08/22/14

    I didn't realize how great this class was until I made my first drink from the class at a party. Success! The class itself was fun and taught us how to make a killer drink! The gardening skills will come in handy next spring, too.

    I didn't realize how great this class was until I made my first drink from the class at a party. Success! The class itself was fun and taught us how to make a killer drink! The gardening skills will come in handy next spring, too.

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