Crafting the perfect cocktail with Venus Spirits

"Tiki Time" is among Venus Spirits' upcoming cocktail classes.
(Via Venus Spirits)

Whether it’s margaritas, a drink that begs for a tiny umbrella or something fizzy, Westside Santa Cruz distillery Venus Spirits has a full slate of classes that’ll up your home cocktail game.

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If you’ve ever wondered how to craft the perfect martini at home — or purchased a bottle from Venus Spirits but don’t know what to do with it — here’s your chance to mix things up.

Mixologist Lindsay Eshleman has got a new line of cocktail classes planned for the coming weeks, starting this Wednesday with a margarita-focused class, just in time for you to impress your friends on Cinco de Mayo. Each Wednesday class is $60 and includes a distillery tour, a brief history of the spirit, a tasting and a tutorial so you can take your home happy hour to the next level.

Here’s the lineup:

  • April 19: Margarita Madness
  • May 10: Return of Añejo
  • May 24: Let’s Get Fizzical
  • June 14: Tiki Time
  • June 28: Skål, aquavit!

For more details and to register, go here.