Homemade Bitters Workshop

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Event Overview

When you watch a bartender craft a cocktail, you often see them use a dropper or dasher of some fancy liquid which most people are unaware what it is or what it does. Bitters, also known as the spice rack of cocktail world, are a liquid extraction of seeds, herbs, bark, roots, flowers, leaves and/or fruit of various plants. In this hands-on workshop, expert Ryan Rezvani will take the mystery out of making bitters. You’ll learn about the bittering process, explore the history of bitters in Europe and The United States and how they are used in bars and in kitchens today, and make two popular and useful varieties from scratch for use in your own kitchen or home bar.

This class is BYOB, so if you wanted to try your creation out on a classic Manhattan or another favorite cocktail, you’re encouraged to bring your favorite liquor! We’ll have some cocktail ingredients as well, and provide samples of different types of bitters. You’ll leave with the recipes, two 10-oz jars of your homemade bitters, and two dasher bottles to put your finished product in.

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All ages welcome

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Ryan Rezvani is the cocktail director and head bartender at Ampersand Wine Bar in Ravenswood. He also is co-founder/co-creator of the bitters company The Bitter Ex, Chicago’s only handmade bitters company. A Loyola University graduate, he was a CPS teacher for too many years, so he turned his passions and enthusiasm to the Chicago bar and restaurant scene, learning the painstaking details and creative process of making all elements of a cocktail (short of distilling his own alcohol). Making bitters has become one of his niche areas of mastery, showcasing his efforts within Ampersand’s cocktail program which Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune referred to as “impressive”. His company The Bitter Ex will be launching their first line of production in summer/fall of 2016.


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    Tanita A.
    Reviewed on 04/18/16

    This class was so much fun, the teacher and volunteers were so helpful. I will be back for more classes.

    This class was so much fun, the teacher and volunteers were so helpful. I will be back for more classes.

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