Think “tiki” is nothing but kitsch? Think again! In this sesh, spirits historian and author of Distilled Knowledge: The Science Behind Drinking’s Greatest Myths, Legends, and Unanswered Questions, Brian D. Hoefling, will take you on a guided tour of tiki as a cocktail style unmatched in its creativity or playfulness.

Journey with us to the exotic islands and California bars that inspired generations of evocative cocktails. You'll learn how to make three tiki classics as they were intended, free from excess of pineapple juice and sweet syrups that have crept into recipes over the years.

Light bites are included as Brian will demonstrate how to make three cocktails. After each demonstration, you will have a chance to grab a shaker and mix your own drinks from scratch.

The selection of recipes will give you a foundational understanding of tiki: one each from the stylistic schools of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic, and one highlighting the actual tropical drinks that inspired the movement.

Here’s what you’ll be learning to make:

• Zombie: The flagship drink of tiki's godfather, Don the Beachcomber. The recipe was a closely-guarded secret, and it was believed to be lost until recently. When it first appeared on menus, the Zombie notoriously carried a limit of two per customer.

• Mai Tai: Perhaps the most famous tiki drink of all time, and the most enduring contribution of Don the Beachcomber's rival Trader Vic. Deceptively simple, but impossible to place.

• Singapore Sling: The granddaddy of tiki drinks. You’ll just have to wait and find out what we mean. The Sling is a signature cocktail of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

All three cocktails will feature products by Privateer Distilling, which makes tiki-friendly gin and classic, New England-style rum right here in Massachusetts.

This sesh helps Kimpton Marlowe kick-off their summer Tiki Pop-Up Bar, which opens on Thursday, July 19th. To commemorate the launch of Tiki Bar, Kimpton Marlowe will host "It's Time for a Tiki" outdoor party in their courtyard on a TBD date in July or August. Each sesh guest will be given a passcode for FREE admittance to this summer soirée!

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What you get
Introductory tiki cocktail mixing knowledge 🍹
Light bites
Three tiki cocktails (shaken by you)
Instax photo keepsakes 📸
Passcode for FREE admittance to Kimpton Marlowe's "It's Time for a Tiki" outdoor party
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Sesh • about 2y

See you there 🍸

Dave D. • about 2y

I learned so much from Brian and we had delicious drinks and appetizers while learning! What more could you ask for!?

I'll be going to many more Sesh events put on by The Boston Calendar!

Sarina • about 2y

A fun evening! There was great energy with the group at this Sesh. My husband and I attended together. We are already fairly knowledgeable about cocktails, and still learned at this event. We have made one of the drinks we learned at home already (Hemingway Daiquiri) - it was delicious!

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Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018 6:30p - 8:30p


The Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
25 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02139




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