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Cooking up cocktails at Cook & James

by Timothy Inklebarger

Cook & James’ Mary Jackson makes a porch delivery for participants of the virtual cocktail class.

This year has been a bit of a handful, and while stay-at-home directives have limited our connection to others, the folks at Cook & James aren’t letting it stop them from having their monthly meetups.

They’re now being held virtually, but the law firm already has hosted a Taco Tuesday in September and a wine tasting in October. This month, they held a cocktail class with a Navarro Carr, a mixologist from The Sound Table cocktail bar and nightclub.

About 30 participants received all the fixing needed to learn to make both a whiskey sour and an old fashioned.

“Prior to Wednesday’s cocktail hour and class, the Cook & James team made contactless porch drops of a special box with a purple bow with bitters, simple syrup and whiskey, a branded highball glass, a jigger for measuring, a cocktail stirrer and even a package of chocolate chip and lavender sprinkled sugar cookies with the oh-so-creative branding COOK (ies) & JAMES,” the company noted in a press release.

Carr not only showed participants the right amount to make the drinks perfectly balanced, he also walked them through some of the nuances of mixing, such as shaking versus stirring a cocktail, the importance of combining the ingredients in a certain order and how a mason jar can work as a makeshift mixing glass.

More information about future events is available at close@cookandjames.com.

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