ADVENTURE: Creating mezcal cocktails! // EATING: Beretta Cocktail Class // CRAVE: The mezcal margarita!
Everyone knows Beretta has amazing Italian food, but did you know there is also an intoxicatingly delicious Beretta cocktail class program?
Cocktails have clearly been a theme for me as of late! San Francisco has no shortage of different cocktail classes popping up around the city and I have always wanted to experience one myself. Looking at my options, I knew the Beretta cocktail class would be the perfect spot learn this new skill!
Beretta frequently puts together short series of their cocktail classes, offering a few classes in back-to-back months. Each class focuses on a different type of spirit that you use to make 3 different drinks. so you can easily attend the whole series and learn to make an entire night’s worth of drinks!
Our particular Beretta cocktail class was centered around agave (think tequila and mezcal). Popping into Beretta on a Monday evening, about 30 of us descended a staircase into to their large downstairs space.
We each grabbed a cocktail that was already awaiting us (bonus!) and chose our seats at tables around the room. Each seat had a bartending station with shakers, measuring cups, stirrers, and more.
California Gold, Beretta’s bar manager (yes, her name is amazing), greeted us and told us a bit about what was in store for the evening and then dove right into the history of mezcal.
On to the drinks!
We started out tasting a few different types of tequila and mezcal, noting the unique differences in taste.
The first drink we made was a Tequila Daisy, which is more commonly known as a margarita! “Margarita” is actually Spanish for daisy – fun fact!We put
We put blanco tequila, bell pepper syrup (made special in-house!), and lemon juice into a shaker with huge squares of ice and got to shaken! After we strained out the drink and topped it with sage.
Quick break time! Of course, we needed some food to help create a base in our stomachs for all the cocktail we would be consuming. Beretta offered up a spread of bites featuring some of their best appetizers including their meatballs (my favorite in the city), bruschetta, and
Beretta offered up a spread of bites featuring some of their best appetizers including their meatballs (my favorite in the city), bruschetta, and fritto misto di pesce (fried calamari and shrimp with marinara dipping sauce).
Back to work! Our second drink was a San Miguel de Allende, a spin-off of the rye drink, the Toronto. We mixed together mezcal, fernet branca, cinnamon syrup and bitters to create a smooth brown cocktail.
Finally, our last cocktail for the evening was a Sotol Rickey. This was light and refreshing, made with sotol, lime and club soda.
The whole night was a blast, meeting new people also interested in cocktails (good common ground for friendships if you ask me), great bites, and a fun interactive activity. Definitely add the Beretta cocktail class to your list of cool, fun date ideas!
Keep an eye on Beretta’s events page for future cocktail classes!
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