Through Elemental Mixology, Andrew Willett teaches (and writes about) the mixing of cocktails and all other types of drinks in Portland, Oregon. This is done according to the highest, traditional, American standards for the craft – and with real ingredients. Elemental Mixology never has, and never will, accept any sort of corporate sponsorship.
Elemental Mixology is not a regurgitation of any other program. It is built on actual pre-1910 mixological tradition – understood on its own terms first, and only then projected into modernity.
Andrew Willett has a classical culinary school education and diploma. He has worked in the hospitality industry since 1986 in many roles, back and front of house – including as a bar-tender both early and late in his career. But, what is taught in Elemental Mixology courses could not be learned simply by working in any contemporary bar for any length of time.
Combining a culinarily elemental appreciation of ingredients with the long-neglected principles of American mixing, Elemental Mixology rewards its students with a lifetime of reliably making (and even creating) good drinks – without needing to ever memorize, or often even look at, a recipe. Elemental Mixology alumni know what to do with ingredients without referring to any book or website.