Intro to Mixology: Up your cocktail game in 30 minutes!

April Wachtel, NYC Based Cocktail Instructor

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6 Videos (36m)
    • Introduction

    • Tools and Space

    • A Word on Ingredients

    • Basic Techniques

    • Garnishes

    • The Assignment


About This Class

Are you a total bartending newbie who needs an orientation to get started? An enthusiast who loves cocktails but is new to making them? A bartender at a dive bar who wants to learn about mixology?? If so, then this is the class for you! 

This class is intended for the bartending novice, or the home enthusiast who wants to up their game quickly and with minimal investment.

In the past 3 years I have taught over 1500 beginner cocktail and bartending students the basics of bartending, and designed this class around the questions that arise in every class.

We discuss barebones tools, how to set up your space at home, juice, syrup, ice, garnishes, and basic technique. 

Your assignment will be to build on the principles introduced in class, and create your own custom cocktail incorporating your favorite fruit or herbs!

This video was filmed and edited by Madeline Muzzi, [email protected] :)

72 of 75 students recommendSee All

Well done and informative.
Great overview of the basics for any novice wanting to learn how to make cocktails!
April is very thorough in her lectures. You should definitely watch this video before anything if you are just starting out. I definitely enjoyed the class very much.





April Wachtel

NYC Based Cocktail Instructor

April Wachtel is a passionate educator, an experienced mixologist, a cocktail and spirits instructor, and founder and CEO of Swig + Swallow, a cocktail mixer company.

She is a 20 year veteran in the beverage and hospitality industry, working in every role from busser to bartender to beverage director, to brand ambassador to beverage consultant. She has developed recipes for the likes of Lincoln Center Kitchen and MetLife Stadium, and her cocktail classes and personal philosophy of hospitality were featured in The Wall Street Journal and on the Sundance Channel.

Additionally, April has appeared on The Today Show, and Fox & Friends, as well as The Travel Bite, Tech Bites, The Main Course, Sharp & Hot, and more.

In her off-time you can find April cavorting around Brooklyn rock climbing, practicing yoga, or playing ukulele.

Additionally you may have seen April's work mentioned or featured in:
Forbes, Martha Stewart, Market Watch Magazine, Bizbash, Town & Country, Esquire,, Cosmo Radio (Siriusxm), Redbook Magazine,, Chilled Magazine, COED, StupidDope,, The Daily Meal, NY Press, The Houston Chronicle, Eat This Drink That Go!,,, The Massachusetts Beverage Business Journal,, Grubstreet, The Improper Bostonian, and Stuff Magazine.