Students first learn how to make the Bubbly Poinsettia, a champagne cocktail with gin, grenadine, lemon, and maraschino accents. The pale red-tinged sparkler pairs with Gorgeous Gougères, airy cheese puffs featured in Party Snacks. The duo receives enthusiastic approval from the class, and things are off to a rollicking good start.
From there, A.J. teaches four additional holiday-perfect pairings of drinks and nibbles, including a tropics-inspired non-alcoholic sipper and The Snow Angel, a creamy combination of chocolate vodka, crème de cacao, orange liqueur, and Irish liqueur.
Dish It Up! is located at 2425 33rd Avenue W., Suite B, Seattle, Washington. Contact the school at 206/281-7800 or go to dish-it-up.com for class schedules. Classes start at $70 per person.
Photograph: Michael Skott
Drink and appetizer recipes begin here.