Intensive Courses | Travelers' Courses

Join the bar-tenders, bar-owners, chefs de cuisne of Michelin-rated restaurants and committed gourmands ― many of whom have traveled from afar ― in attending the best, and most radical, mixological and liquor-related* education available in the modern world.

*Elemental Mixology accepts no sponsorship and the curriculum and liquor selection is untainted by boosterism.

In addition to learning more about liquor and mixology than from any other source, you will learn the historical context [sample reading] of each that is largely unknown by even the most celebrated bar-tenders of today.

Elemental Mixology Travelers' Courses are intended to be more convenient for those interested in, or already planning on, traveling to Portland, Oregon.
All of the courses listed below are offered with traveler-friendly scheduling. These courses consist of two sessions per day, the first beginning at 10:15 a.m. and the second ending at 7:30 p.m. Between the two is a lunch break of an hour-and-fifteen minutes.

Master Course Curriculum
The master curriculum combines the Liquor Sommellery, Custom Ingredient Fabrication and Mixological Arts courses in a ten day, intensive schedule at a discounted rate.

Elemental Mixology 201: Liquor Sommellery
From ingredients through fermentation, distillation and aging methods, this tasting course covers the essential, historic, often esoteric and sometimes secret aspects of liquor production and its flavor.

Elemental Mixology 202: Custom Ingredients Fabrication
Beginning with making old-fashioned punch sherbet and then moving into the principles for making syrups, liqueurs and bitters, this course covers the fabrication of quality ingredients with which to mix.

Elemental Mixology 203: Mixological Arts
This course uses traditional, pre-prohibition understanding of the characteristics of disparate genres of drinks to eliminate the need for recipe memorization. Special attention is paid to technique, tools, glassware, best settings for each genre of drink, and new drink creation.

Annual Cushion Subscription
This subscription allows attendance, including unlimited repetition, to all of the above courses for an entire year.
An special, multiple-person institutional rate is available.

A job board is posted in the Elemental Mixology classroom. Employers seeking Elemental Mixology alumni as applicants for hire should use the contact tab to send a message with details that can be posted to the job board.

Note: Private enthusiasts are always welcome in the courses listed as being for industry professionals and gourmands.
Gift certificates can be purchased from specific course pages.