26 Jul 2021
Savannah has a culture that celebrates its spirits. And we’re not talking about ghosts.
From rumrunners to pirate’s grog and bootleggers to craft cocktails, this city offers a connection to liquor.
And now’s your chance to enjoy tidbits of history with every sip with Cocktail Classes at the American Prohibition Museum, located in City Market next to Ellis Square. Certified bartenders teach you how to make classic cocktails. Learn new skills and sip on your creations. What could be better than that?
The two-hour Cocktail Class is held at 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at the Museum’s Congress Street Up “Speakeasy,” a 1920s-style bar that offers an intimate environment for participants. It’s got the works: a tin ceiling, jazz music, and bartenders dressed in period apparel.
Obviously, this is a class only for those 21 and over. Limited space is available, which adds to the intimate experience. Feel free to ask questions and chat with other participants. The bartenders are pros and love to mix it up with funny stories, Prohibition-era trivia, and outstanding knowledge of their craft.
Participants learn about bartender tools of the trade and step-by-step recipes for two cocktails (one shaken, one stirred). It may be a Gin Rickey, an Old-Fashioned, a Sidecar, or a Highball. It’s the Roaring Twenties, after all. The cost is $69.55 but save a few bucks when you book online.
Tip: This is a classy joint, not a beach bar. No flip-flops or sports jerseys are allowed. Get into the swing of things and sport a pinstriped suit and flapper garb. If you have any questions about attire, call before going.
The Museum also offers Whiskey Classes on Tuesdays and Tequila Classes on Thursdays.
Stay in our two-bedroom Ellis Square Loft, a lavishly designed property on Broughton Street. Broughton Corner Loft accommodates six guests with open spaces and games like darts and foosball. Both rentals offer comfortable digs close to the Prohibition Museum and all the other Historic District hot spots.
Once you return home, show off those mad skills by playing bartender at the next neighborhood social.