Let’s shake things up with a virtual tasting of a few of Laurie’s favorite wine cocktails. Learn how with just a few ingredients, you can create a tasty libation for summer and beyond. Laurie will be joined by mixologist Aaron Joseph of Cane Collective who will share a few of the essential bar tools to have on hand as well as some key techniques to mix a drink like a pro. We’ll make 3 different cocktails that you can easily replicate at home. Recipes will be provided so you can follow along during the tasting.
Join award-winning wine expert, Laurie Forster—The Wine Coach, for a virtual wine tasting. Laurie’s edu-taining tastings are one hour long with a virtual after party for only $20 each or buy 3 classes for $50…you’ll be provided a list of the exact wines Laurie will feature to purchase online or you can source them locally. Have your friends sign up too that way you can all taste along with Laurie at home.
Our Guest Bartender: Aaron Joseph
Aaron has worked at some of the area’s most prestigious restaurants including The Inn at Perry Cabin, a luxury resort in St. Michaels, the exclusive waterfront resort town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he quickly advanced from busser to bartender within a few short months. After six years of service, Aaron had the opportunity to assist in the opening of La Samana, a sister property on St. Martin. Experiencing island culture and the use of fresh ingredients, Aaron realized his passion for mixology.
Upon his return to the states, Aaron accepted a number of challenging opportunities that allowed him to evolve into a mixologist, creating seasonal cocktails and managing beverage programs at Metropolitan in Annapolis, Farmers & Fishers in Washington D.C and Bourbon Steak in Georgetown. Most recently, he served as head bartender at Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina. Aaron was responsible for the creation and execution of Wit & Wisdom’s cocktail program, as well as staff education and training. Elated to simply make good drinks, Aaron has an affinity for putting a clever spin on classic cocktails and enjoys experimenting with house-made syrups and infusing his liquor.
With numerous cocktail competitions under his belt, some of Aaron’s accomplishments include 2015 finalist for cognac national drink completion, 2015 finalist for Clement Rhum Ti’ punch competition; 2015 published author for writing the foreword for a book called The Forgotten Cocktails, a history of Maryland cocktails from 1706 to present; 2014 readers’ choice for Baltimore’s Magazine Best Bartender; 2014 Portland Cocktail Week winner of the Cognac Experience competition; and 2014 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Competition regional Champion. While he mixes up libations depending on his guests’ tastes, Aaron’s choice is bourbon, and is eager to foster relationships with local distilleries and producers to source uniquely local ingredients for his cocktails.