Online Mixology Class - History of the Old Fashioned Cocktail

This class is for lovers of simple, strong drinks with bit of history on the side.

In this live online mixology class with Mixologist Samuel, you'll learn the history of the old fashioned cocktail and how to mix up three regional variations of the drink. From the sling — developed in the early to mid-1800's — to the Wisconsin muddled-fruit variation over a century later, to the classic old fashioned, this is the class for you if you prefer simple, strong drinks and a bit of history!

  • Mixology class is fully interactive.
  • Mixologist accompanies you throughout the entire process.
  • Ask as many questions as you want!
  • Recipes Recipe links are sent in your booking confirmation.
  • Ingredients Ingredients can be adapted for dietary restrictions or lack of availability.
  • Technology Connect with the host using Zoom on your computer, tablet or mobile device.
  • Class Participation Chime in with questions through audio or chat. Use of video is optional.
  • Class Size
    Public class sizes are between 10 to 20 connections to provide an opportunity for all guests to participate and ask questions. Private classes can accommodate up to 498 guests.
  • Event Duration 1 hour
  • Prep Time 10 minutes


Bourbon or rye whiskey
Evaporated cane sugar
Angostura bitters
Two oranges
One lemon
Whole nutmeg
Maraschino cherries
Soda: Plain, lemon-lime or grapefruit

Kitchen Equipment

2oz/1oz Jigger
Mixing glass
Bar spoon
Spice grater
Vegetable peeler
Rocks or old fashioned glass
Paring knife
Cutting board
Small sauce pan

Prep Work Details

1. Make the simple syrup by heating 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small sauce pan until sugar is dissolved. (Can be stored for up to a month.) 2. Slice orange slices to 1/4" thick half wheels. 3. Prepare orange and lemon peels for garnishes.

Reviews guests left for this experience



09 Apr 2021

We enjoyed chatting with Samuel as we all had Wisconsin roots. The history of the old fashion information was great!

Mojan N

Mojan N

09 Apr 2021

Great Class! Highly recommend Samuel!



09 Apr 2021

Great fun. Samuel really knows his stuff.

Meet your mixologist

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A former audio engineer turned bartender, Mixologist Samuel is raising the bar with more than a decade of professional experience under his belt. After getting his start and honing his craft in an industrial-chic gastropub and craft cocktail bar in Madison, WI, he moved to New York City where he has been the bar manager and head bartender of one of the best cocktail bars in the East Village for the past seven years.

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Flexible booking: Cancel or reschedule this event's reservation for free up to 48 hours before the event.
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