Starting in mid-November, Deep Eddy Vodka will start offering something new at its Dripping Springs distillery.
The distillery plans to bring in bartending gurus Jason Ducharme and Ben Walker to teach a monthly class on the fundamentals of making cocktails. Plus, Deep Eddy will also start opening to the public on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on Nov. 5.
“We’ve seen a fantastic reception for our distillery in our first year, with over 1,000 daily visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,” Tracy Beacham, Deep Eddy’s hospitality manager, said. “With the expanded hours, we’ll be able to open our home to even more visitors throughout the Austin area.”
Those additional hours will include the “Dive in to Mixology” series that Ducharme and Walker are set to teach. Each course is going to focus on a different flavor of Deep Eddy Vodka — from sweet tea to Ruby Red grapefruit to lemon — and participants can also expect to get a behind-the-scenes look at how each of the flavors are produced at the distillery, according to a press release. They’ll enjoy a cocktail hour afterward with small bites from a rotating list of local chefs.
Creating a DIY cocktails class was important to Deep Eddy, Beacham said, because it’s just one more way for the distillery, which features a 5,000 sq. ft. tasting room and visitor’s center, to reach out to and connect with the community.
“The new cocktail class is an extension of that idea and will allow our fans to bring the Deep Eddy love home with knowledge of how easy it is to make great cocktails from a few simple ingredients and our products,” she said.
Expect the classes to focus on “classic techniques that easily translate at home,” Beacham said. “The fundamentals of tasting and mixing vodkas, proper shaking/stirring techniques and use of natural ingredients you can find anywhere.”
The first class will be on Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Space is limited, with only 25 spots available at $25 per person, so make reservations soon by emailing Beacham at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to taking the class, the $25 will get you a cocktail, a souvenir glass and a 20 percent discount on Deep Eddy merchandise.
For more information about Deep Eddy Vodka, visit www.deepeddyvodka.com.