The mixology trend, like every cocktail worth its percentage in alcohol, has been given a good shake as of late. But some maverick mixologists at a handful of U.S. hotels have unhinged the collective liquor-cabinet door to really let the good times roll. Here are three suggestions on where to get a fix on the mix.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort; Coronado, Calif.
“Modern Mixology” consists of a one-hour gondola cruise that takes guests along enchanting canals and waterways during a class led by sommelier Kurt Kirschenman. The three “lessons” (read: tastings) also include food pairings; cocktails change seasonally. $55 per person. 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road, (619) 424-4000, ext. 6300; http://www.loewshotels.com/Coronado-Bay-Resort
The Dana Hotel and Spa, Chicago
Set in the heart of the Windy City on a rooftop patio that’s open year-round, this mixology course takes a global approach. Each month highlights a different country’s liquors and liqueurs, and sommelier Matthew McCahill even manages to incorporate wine into the ingredients. $40 per person. 660 North State St., (312) 202-6060, www.danahotelandspa.com
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
After you do South Beach, head 30 minutes north to Fort Lauderdale. The reward: your own private “cocktail concierge,” who provides an in-room mixology lesson based upon your preference of spirits. Create your own signature libation while you learn the correct usage of ingredients and proper presentation. The cost varies, plus a 20 percent service charge. 3030 Holiday Drive, (954) 525-4000, http://www.marriottharborbeach.com/