Cocktails, Cordials & Bitters (Online)

  • Saturday, August 22, 2020
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • BARN Kitchen Zoom Room, Class Code KI082220MC
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    *Please note that registration will close 8/21
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

What could be better than brewing up some quarantine magic at home, by creating your own cocktails from scratch. Join Chef Meloni Courtway for a hands-on and demonstration cocktail class where we will make our own preserved rhubarb cordial to store for a later date, explore classic Italian Nocino liqueur recipes, and build a stash of homebrewed bitters with freshly harvested ingredients found in local gardens (hello holiday presents!). This 1-hour online class is a “taste at your own risk” event, but thankfully you don’t have to drive home!

During this class Chef Courtway will bottle several different bitters in a demonstration.

This is an Ages 21+ Event

This is a live, virtual hands-on cooking class for adults from the comfort of your own kitchen.  Meloni’s class will be fun, interactive, hands-on and entertaining. Follow along, ask questions, interact with others just like you would if you were in the BARN Kitchen.

An ingredient list and recipes will be provided in advance so that you can decide which ingredients you will need to purchase before class.

Shopping/procurement list:

Rhubarb Cordial

2-4 stalks rhubarb
1 lemon
1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
2-4 cups sugar
½ - 1 liter vodka (depending on how much you’d like to make)
A large jar


2 cinnamon sticks
1 cardamom pod
1 star anise
6-8 unripened walnuts in outer skins (found in the PNW through August)
1 cup sugar
1 orange
½-1 liter vodka 
A large jar


Bitters are made by creating tinctures with high proof alcohols and bittering herbs, leaves and fruits that are stored for several days to infuse. Spice is added to give them a full flavor.

You will need: high proof grain alcohol (80% or higher), a bitter of some kind, spices, sugar and a container to store them.


  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.

  • An email with the link to join the class will be sent to the email address you registered with. Please watch for this email.
    You will be able to click on the link and participate from your smartphone, notebook or computer. The sign-in will open 15 minutes before the class starts, so that you can test your connection if you wish.

  • PC, laptop or tablet with sound, a built-in camera, and a high speed internet connection is required.
  • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given. 

  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

Instructor Bio:

Meloni Courtway is a professionally trained chef, published food writer and certified teacher of culinary foundations and consumer sciences at Woodward Middle School on Bainbridge Island. As owner of Courtway Catering, a small event company dedicated to making cooking skills and team building part of every kitchen, she has taught intimate in home classes and large scale farm workshops, as well as catering events. She has written for Gannett and New York Times publications, and was one of the New York Times first paid food bloggers (at least 100 years ago). Meloni loves working with kids and adults as they explore their own power and capabilities in the kitchen. She also loves pie.

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