Do you like knowing the back-story to everything? (If you've ever read the books Cod, Salt, or Mauve, the answer is "yes.") Or did you have a chemistry set when you were a kid? Do you thrill at the precision afforded by an eyedropper? On a more basic level, do you have a Type A personality? What about a stubborn DIY mentality? Maybe you just like to make bourgeois drinks in the comfort of your own home? If you've nodded in agreement with even one of these questions, then you're going to want to sally forth to the Bradstreet Crafthouse this Saturday for part two of a three-part series the restaurant is hosting on the origin of cocktails. Last October's "Art and Science of Drink" introduced us to cocktail basics. "Mixology: The Origin of Spirits" will dig a little deeper by discussing the beginnings of vodka, styles of tequila, philosophy of ice, and the history of fermentation and distillation—flanked by appropriate tastings, of course. There will even be a component on garnishes. The two-hour class, dreamed up by the Minneapolis DIY outfit Studio Bricolage, will be presided over by Bradstreet mixologists. Stay tuned for next month's series denouement on bitters. Visit www.studiobricolage.org or call 612.824.4394 to RSVP.
Sat., Jan. 30, 1-3 p.m., 2010