Pick a cocktail class that will appeal to everyone in the group and that features a drink that isn’t too complicated to create or uses ingredients that are difficult to find. You might also want to consider the season and base your choice around that. For example, sangria or a margarita are always popular summertime drinks, or go with a mulled wine during the holidays.
Remember to consider those who might not be imbibing and include a non-alcoholic alternative. Most mixologists will explain how to make the chosen cocktail sans liquor.
While you don’t need a specific reason to book a virtual mixology class (after all, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere), you might want to choose a theme or pick a specific type of class such as a boozy brunch. Will the class be in lieu of a traditional black-tie cocktail party before a gala? Or maybe it’s a way to toast a job well done by your team?
Some virtual mixology classes will send at-home attendees snacks and small bites, along with the necessary booze and barware. But if that’s not the case, coordinate with a local restaurant and design a menu that the guests can choose to order from on their own, or arrange to have the items delivered in time for the class. Crowd-pleasing foods like deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket, crudite, and cheeses are classic party fare options.
For a networking session, consider incorporating icebreakers into the event to help keep attendees engaged. Or if it’s a casual team gathering, play trivia or a fun game to mimic the feel of an IRL happy hour.
If you’re planning a virtual mixology class for a certain occasion, ask attendees to download a custom virtual background to help set the mood.