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Elemental Mixology teaches how to mix 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. Join the hundreds of professional bar-tenders and bar managers, score of chefs de cuisine, and countless home aficionados who are among Elemental Mixology alumni. Sign up now!

Testimonials

Tony Di Salvo, three-Michelin-starred Executive Chef Cast in Santa Monica:

"I cannot recommend Andrew's classes enough. Whether you are a professional or novice, Andrew's knowledge of the RIGHT way to make drinks is unprecedented. I suggest any or all of the courses, as you will constantly be learning, as Andrew is an unbelievable fountain of knowledge. Andrew's philosophy corrects so much of what you thought you knew about making drinks. It's also fun and approachable, and anyone can use these practical skills and knowledge."

Greg Bryson, Beverage Director and Bar-tender at the Wallace in Culver City:

"I have taken many seminars and courses (bartending school, BarSmarts, etc.) and this is a total game changer!... It helped so much that in the last few years I have been poached several times to open a couple restaurants... If you weren't sure if this class was for you just ask him a few questions via email."

Harry Chin, Manager at Caña, a 213 Group bar in Los Angeles:

"Andrew, the instructor, is passionate, INSANELY knowledgeable, and definitely offers the best bar course in the industry. Although I currently reside in Los Angeles, I have decided (without much convincing) to travel up to Portland just to take his masters course. Andrew teaches the true historical tradition of the craft which, in my opinion, is a necessity to know if pursuing a profession in the craft (or even for just starting a home bar)."

Chris Hain, who was hired as a bar-tender after taking the Standard Mixing Course:

"His classes give the casual drinker a tremendous appreciation of the history, science and art behind mixed drinks. Most people will learn more about drinks and liquor in the first 15 minutes of an Andrew Willett class than in their lifetime of drinking."

Julian King, General Manager at Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach:

"Elemental mixology is second to none. The value in this course is unmatched. Whether you are a person who likes to enjoy an occasional drink on the weekend or an industry veteran of 30 years you will gain an immense amount of knowledge and understanding that is not available anywhere else.

True genius is being able to take a complex idea and simplifying it so everyone can understand it. Andrew has created a course that does just that. After taking this course you will have the strongest foundations on mixology. This course is not about memorization of recipes rather understanding each style of drink. With this foundation the drinking world is your oyster. Do with it what you see fit.

I have seen over the years other courses and programs taught by well respected companies and individuals improve themselves and get a little closer to what Elemental Mixology teaches but they are still light-years away. Some have even adopted pieces of Elemental Mixology's curriculum, or terminology but they don't posses the history or facts to back it up. Elemental Mixology does.

Your instructor, Andrew, is always researching, fact checking, and improving upon his craft and curriculum. The last time I saw this was when I took a course taught by an Ivy League professor. Andrew's style of teaching is fabulous. No matter what your level of knowledge he never makes you feel bad about asking any question. He will give you historical reasons, real world application reasons, and common sense reasons for the answer to your question. It is quite spectacular to be a part of.

I have been in the industry 17 years. Originally, I took the course 3 years ago as a way to continually educate myself. I thought I had a good "cocktail" knowledge but after the first day I realized I hadn't even scratched the surface. This course is so good I sponsored three friends and co-workers to take it. Each of them had the same experience I did.

Los Angeles lost a huge untapped resource when the program moved to Portland, and Portland gained a huge asset. Taking this course will exponentially increase your knowledge, appreciation, and enjoyment of drinks. My only warning is once you take this course you cannot go back. It is like taking the red pill."

Drink Mixing Courses and Classes

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Standard Mixing Course | $395

The Standard Mixing Course takes place in six, four-hour sessions. It is best for those who wish to become educated in both traditional and innnovative mixology. The Standard Mixing Course provides plenty of hands-on experience and sets up a lifetime of making great drinks. The Elemental Mixology book is included. Click here to view the Standard Mixing Course syllabus.

Casual Mixing Class | $90

The Casual Mixing Class takes place in one, four-hour session. It is best for private enthusiasts who wish to become acquainted with traditoinal mixology. The Casual Mixing Class provides a little hands-on experience as a starting point for making great drinks. The Elemental Mixology book is included. Click here to view the Casual Mixing Class syllabus.

Brief Mixing Course | $160

The Brief Mixing Course takes place in two, four-hour sessions. It is best for private enthusiasts who wish to master bobecome acquainted with traditional mixology. The Brief Mixing Course provides a fair amount of hands-on experience for confidence in making great drinks. The Elemental Mixology book is included. Click here to view the Brief Mixing Course syllabus.

Master Mixing Course | $595

The Master Mixing Course takes place in ten, four-hour sessions. It is best for those who wish to master both traditional and innovative mixology. The Master Mixing Course provides a lot of hands-on experience and sets up a lifetime of making great drinks. The Elemental Mixology book is included. Click here to view the Master Mixing Course syllabus.

Weekend Mixing Course | $295

The Weekend Mixing Course takes place in four, four-hour sessions during a single weekend. It is best for anyone that wants a rough equivalent of the Standard Mixing Course in a single, intensive, weekend. Since the goal is to cover as much as possible of the Standard Mixing Course in a single weekend, click here to view the Standard Mixing Course syllabus.

Advanced Craftmasters Course | $450

Click here to take the Advanced Craftmasters Course placement quiz

The Advanced Craftmasters Course takes place in six, four-hour sessions. It assumes the attendees have some familiarity with mixing drinks and some basic awareness of traditional mixology. The Advanced Craftmasters Course is meant to be a hybrid of the Liquor Stewards' Course and the Master Mixing Course. The Elemental Mixology book is included.

Other Courses

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Liquor Stewards Course

The Liquor Stewards' Course takes place in six, four-hour sessions. The goal if this course is to transform the attendees into the liquor equivalent of a wine steward (or sommelier, if you prefer non-English). Types of fermentation and distillation will be fully explained in terms of their effects on flavor and aroma. The traditional ages of spirits will be fully explained, as well as why different types of spirits take more or less time than others to reach the same age. The two major types of spirits w채sser and geister will be undewrstood in terms of both produciton and flavor. How to identify any spirit (such brandy, whiskey, rum, gin, etc.) as either a wasser or geist will be made easy. The best thing about the Liquor Stewards Course is that all of the above-named features, and many more, are things that will be taught to taste for using hundreds of real liquors! The Elemental Mixology Liquor Companion book is included. $450

Ingredient Fabrication Course

The Ingredient Fabrication Course takes place in three, four-hour sessions. In culinary terms, 'fabrication' only means to transform raw ingredients into a more usefull state. Everything made in this course may be taken home by the attendees. The general principles of making syrups, bitters and liqueurs will be covered. Specific items made usually include: old-fashioned sherbet (for punch), peach bitters (since the true, traditional item is not commercially available), cherry-flavored brandy liqueur (since none at good quality is commercially available and the Heering product is not a cherry-flavored brandy liqueur), and orgeat syrup (since none that is both tradtional and at high quality is commercially available), and heel-tap liquor. $295

Drink Pricing Class

The Drink Pricing Class takes place in one, four-hour session. It is best for bar professionals who want to learn the traditional, reliable, accurate math for pricing drinks. This class will educate the attendees far above the typical price-by-estimation approach. $40

Advanced Craftmasters Course

Click here to take the Advanced Craftmasters Course placement quiz

The Advanced Craftmasters Course takes place in six, four-hour sessions. It assumes the attendees have some familiarity with mixing drinks and some superficial awareness of the American tradition of mixology. The Advanced Craftmasters Course provides both liquor education beyond what is available in any other course and a enriched understanding of American mixing history and the kind of thermodynamic awareness not available any where else. Warning: drinks served in coupes and anything bruised will displease you after this course! The Elemental Mixology book is included. $450

Contact

E-mail address: andrew@elementalmixology.com

Telephone number (text or voice): (971) 279-7152

Elemental Mixology, 900 NE 81st Ave., #310, Portland, Oregon, 97213