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Cocktail Classes From Commissary and MWL; OEC’s Clinks for Clean Water

A trio of boozy events coming up this weekend.

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MWL — On Saturday, March 28, Jordan Felix and Michael Lorberbaum from Multnomah Whiskey Library are teaming up with Bull in China's Luke Plant and Daniel Osborne to host a class designed to improve your home cocktailing skills. If you've ever wanted to learn about jiggers and ratios, or know why you should shake, build or stir certain cocktails, this is what you've been waiting for. Plus, with punch and backyard party season upon us, they'll teach you how to make large-batch cocktails, too. And if you're really wanting to show off your new skills, you can take home a Bull in China home bar set to call your very own (it includes a mixing glass, a muddler spoon, a jigger and a Hawthorn strainer). The class lasts from noon to 2 p.m. at the Library. Tickets for the class will run you $65, but if you pony up $155, you can take the class and take home that home bar set.

THE COMMISSARY — To celebrate the full-swing return of our local farmers' markets, the team behind Daniel Shoemaker and Sean Hoard's The Commissary are offering a pair of sister cocktail classes on Sunday, March 29 and Sunday, April 5. The first zeros in on juicing and works like this: Bring some fresh produce to the Commissary's kitchen, and the team will teach you how—and the importance of knowing why—to make simple syrups, shrubs and sodas. Then, a week later, they'll teach you all the many ways you can turn last week's ingredients into a world-class cocktail using the spirits of your choice. The first class costs $90 to attend, the second will run you $110, and both last from 3 to 7 p.m. Rather attend one and not the other? No problem—the classes may be a series, but each one is a standalone, too. For inquiries, or to reserve your spot, write to

SE WINE COLLECTIVE — This weekend, 22 wineries from around the state, including urban wineries like SE Wine Collective, Hip Chicks Do Wine and Clay Pigeon Winery, are coming together for Clink for Clean Water a fundraiser for the Oregon Environmental Council, who's main job is to keep our water clean and Oregon green. All you need to do is head to your favorite participating winery anytime between March 27 and 29 to share a bottle or take a case home. After that, the wineries will take it from there, donating to the OEC some pretty good bank on the proceeds of each sale. For more information, click here.

The Commissary

123 Northeast 3rd Avenue #010, Portland, OR 97232, USA