Agave Spirits & Cocktails Class

April 29, 2019
7:30 pm

The name alone catches your eye, right?! In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to craft 3 agave based cocktails, in preparation for Cinco de Mayo (so when it’s party time, you can show off your new skills). We will start the class with a welcome cocktail, prepared by our host for the evening, Whippoorwill! Once we’ve settled in, our teachers will demonstrate and guide you on how to make a Classic Margarita, Paloma, and an Anejo Old Fashioned! How could this class be any better? Answer: Tacos. Reyes Mezcaleria will be provided for dinner! Come ready to learn all about agave and enjoy those fancy little beverages you make. For your safety, we highly recommend you Uber or Lyft to and from class. Must be 21 or older to participate in this class.

Class Duration: 2 hours

Class Instructor

Dustin Crawford

Since the age of fifteen Dustin has been in the hospitality industry. He has worked in every position in a restaurant/bar setting from dishwasher to manager and everything in between. Someone once said to him, “you don’t choose this industry, it chooses you.” Ever since he stepped foot behind a bar, he firmly believes that. Dustin started bartending in 2009 at a high-volume UCF bar to help pay for school and he never would have imagined it would have led to a career.

Fast forward ten years and he now gets to educate and train restaurant & bar staff across North Florida. He developed a passion for spirits and cocktails in 2014 when he attended a “Whiskey School” seminar. Dustin has competed in numerous cocktail competitions, winning a Jack Daniels trip in 2015, yet his greatest accomplishment was advancing to the 2018 World Class semifinals to compete against the best-of-the-best from around the nation. A month later, he was offered his current dream job, and is now able to share this knowledge and experience with anyone who is willing to listen and learn.

Shawn Newman

Hailing from Winter Park, Florida, Shawn Newman can be found behind the bar at The Robinson Cocktail Room in downtown Orlando. Since playing college baseball, Shawn has transferred his competitive attitude towards bartending and parenthood. “Growing up I played sports. Sports, sports, sports. I never found myself creative. With bartending, I am able to create a memorable experience, while providing some knowledge, and hopefully their new favorite cocktail.” While raising his 5 year old daughter, Shawn is also a World Class Bartender with more than 5 years experience and plenty of competition exposure. He has competed in Diageo’s World Class in two consecutive years,’s Bacardi Legacy Global Competition, Woodford’s Manhattan Experience, Heaven Hill’s Bartender of the Year, various local competitions, and most recently, winning Star of the Bar – with a chance at a National title in Chicago at the end of May. While having extensive cocktail and spirit knowledge, Shawn is always looking for something new to learn. “I have been blessed with some amazing mentors and peers. My dream is to be able to return the favor someday.”

Class Location

Whippoorwill Beer House & Package Store

2425 E. South Street Orlando, FL

What to Bring

We will provide all materials needed for this class.

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Total Amount: $69.23

*Ticket price includes tax of 6.5%*

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