Adult Opportunities

Mocktail Making with Three Spirit and Avec

Mixology meets mindfulness: Elevate your sober beverage game by crafting and tasting two mocktails, led by a mixologist from Three Spirit, makers of nonalcoholic drinks.

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In this one-hour, hands-on workshop, participants will learn bartending tips, tricks, and techniques while crafting delicious alcohol-free beverages inspired by two classic cocktails, the Spritz and the Manhattan.

Guided by expert mixologist John Brown, attendees will customize and create mocktail variations using Three Spirit’s functional botanical blends. They will learn how to craft flavorful homemade modifiers and sweeteners and practice shaking and stirring techniques.

Each student will take home a cocktail kit that includes recipe cards, teas, garnishes, a Three Spirit Jigger, and a can of AVEC Hibiscus/Pomegranate carbonated mixer to recreate these drinks at home.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: John Brown, hospitality professional and Three Spirit brand manager

Age: 21 and older

Course number: H063


John Brown, hospitality professional and Three Spirit brand manager

John is from Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood and has more than 10 years of bartending experience in the city’s vibrant cocktail scene. Often described as a “vibe magician,” he is a bartender and master of ceremonies known for his eclectic palate and high-brow/low-brow approach to mixology. When creating cocktails, he loves to draw inspiration from his life and culinary experiences, using familiar flavors to recreate the classics in unconventional ways.

Retail Partner: In Good Spirits

In Good Spirits is a destination for non-alcoholic beverages in Chicago. Nestled in the vibrant West Town Neighborhood, this bottle shop and bar redefines the social and sensory experience of grabbing a drink. Whether you want to explore new taste dimensions, embrace a healthier lifestyle, or simply revel in good company sans alcohol, this inviting space is the perfect destination!

What to Know

This program will be held in the Cudahy room in the Administration and Research Center. Accessible entry is available through The Gerard T. Donnelly Grand Garden.

Workshop attendees are invited to attend the Mocktails and More tasting festival on Saturday, June 22, from noon to 3:00 p.m. This event requires a separate ticket from class registration.

Class registration includes one hour of instruction and a small take-home kit containing recipe cards, tea, garnishes, a Three Spirit Jigger, and one can of AVEC Hibiscus/Pomegranate. In Good Spirits will be onsite at the workshop to sell nonalcoholic products after the event.

This program is for individuals ages 21 and older.

Program Schedule

Session A: Saturday, June 22, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to noon
Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center, East Side

Session B: Saturday, June 22, 2024, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Cudahy Room, Administration and Research Center, East Side


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