- Jigger (for measuring ingredients)
- Cocktail shaker
- Mixing glass
- Bar spoon
- Cocktail strainer
- Vegetable peeler
- Madeira (or substitute sherry, Marsala, or Port)
- Boiling water
- Dark brown sugar
- Lemon (half)
- Ground cinnamon
- Cinnamon stick
- Whole clove
- Dry vermouth
- Orange of Angostura bitters
- Lemon twist or Olive
- Tonic water (good quality, e.g., Fever Tree or Q)
- Rosemary sprig
- Lemon wheel
- Juniper berries (optional)
- Lemon juice (fresh)
- Garnish: Lemon twist
About Your Expert
A former Latin teacher, Diana traded in the classical world for classic cocktails after she earned a master's degree from NYU in Food Studies. She is the co-founder of Night Owl Hospitality, a cocktail catering company on the Jersey Shore, where she also runs a whiskey club. This autumn, Diana returns to NYU to teach a graduate class on the history, culture, and politics of drinking. An avid traveler, Diana aims to visit a total of 50 different countries by the time she is 50.
Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
This class was such fun! Gin has always been my favorite, but I didn't know its history. I learned a lot, including when to stir and shake and some great new recipes. I highly recommend this enjoyable course. Thanks!!
This was a wonderful experience—the combination of Diana’s educational background, career and interests, give her both a depth and breadth of knowledge about gin, so she had a multitude of interesting facts about the history and politics surrounding it. Diana was organized, well-prepared, and shared her knowledge about practical aspects of cocktail-making as well. I really enjoyed this experience and highly recommend it.
This was my first class with Diana Pittet, but it won't be my last. I thought she created the perfect mix of history, trivia, and real-time drink mixing. I chose to just watch the presentation, but I reviewed the video replay and have now made all the cocktails and even experimented a bit. Diana gave me the confidence to play with proportions and garnishes, but also covered some of the basics of mixology. I especially appreciated the tips concerning appropriate tools and techniques. Cheers.
Diana is so jolly, fun and down to earth. She is very knowledgeable, practical and creative. She combined theory with practise in a very easy to follow seminar. I learned a lot about my favourite drink. Cheers to Diana!
I have been on many gin tours and tastings, but Diana gave the BEST history background about gin! Soooo impressed and engaged. Just a delight.