Match.com Halloween Cocktails
Oct
30
5:30 pm17:30

Match.com Halloween Cocktails

Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. This 2-hour seminar will have you mixing scary sips like a pro in no time.

Class Details:

  • A professional mixologist teaches Halloween cocktails with spooky and rare garnishes
  • Pair up to practice the techniques you’ve learned
  • Mingle over snacks, cocktail samples, and enjoy great conversations
  • Every bar accessory imaginable will be at your disposal

Impress (or scare) your friends and family with cocktails that will leave them speechless.

Private Mixology Class For Corporate Client!
Sep
19
8:00 pm20:00

Private Mixology Class For Corporate Client!

Who says you can't learn how to mix cocktails with your colleagues?!

We love to shut down our private bar for corporate celebrations! On Saturday, September 19th we are hosting 14 guests in our venue.  Guests are going to come mix, shake, and craft refreshing cocktails in our bar as our head bartender walks them through the history of spirits and techniques to craft perfect cocktails. Team building over cocktails is the best way to bond!

This is a private party and tickets have sold out.

 

Healthy Cocktails with a Twist! Drink That, Eat This!
Sep
12
7:00 pm19:00

Healthy Cocktails with a Twist! Drink That, Eat This!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

 

Who says cocktails can't be healthy ?!

Drink That, Eat This will be joining us for a private #Mixology class focused on Healthy Cocktails with a Twist! 20 Guests will join us at our private bar to learn, mix, and taste high end cocktails that are also healthy for you!

Enjoy a healthy lifestyle and still indulge in life's pleasures. Learn how to make healthy and tasty cocktails. Ready for the twist? Here's a hint, your personality is the key....  Together, we'll take the cocktail to another level!

This is a private party and tickets have sold out.

Learn how to give the ultimate dating experience as a bartender!
Sep
1
8:30 pm20:30

Learn how to give the ultimate dating experience as a bartender!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

Guests sitting at your bar are often depending on you for more than just a cocktail or company, sometimes they need your help impressing their special date! 

Don't miss Karin Wolok, from CandiDate Philly at Aqua Vitae Institute on September 1st at 8:30pm. CandiDate Philly is a matchmaking service that combines your personal and professional interests and matches you with the perfect date! Karin is coming to teach us how to pay attention to body language & guests on a date at your bar, to maximize your TIP$.

Zomato is coming to Aqua Vitae! Learn how to use Zomato to promote yourself!
Aug
27
2:30 pm14:30

Zomato is coming to Aqua Vitae! Learn how to use Zomato to promote yourself!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

"Our mission is to ensure nobody has a bad meal ever again"

Students, friends, and alumni: Don't miss Zomato at Aqua Vitae Institute on August 27th from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

The popular and quickly growing network, Zomato, which helps people discover great bars and restaurants around them, is coming into Aqua Vitae to speak with our students about the power of social media and promoting yourself.  We're going to get an inside look at how the most successful bars and restaurants are taking advantage of Zomato to make more business and connect & engage with customers.

 

Bartenders work late nights, so Philly Self Defense is coming to teach us defense!
Aug
26
2:30 pm14:30

Bartenders work late nights, so Philly Self Defense is coming to teach us defense!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

Bartenders work late nights, so Philly Self Defense is coming to teach us how to defend ourselves after working a late shift, with pockets full of cash! 

Students, friends, and alumni: Don't Miss Philly Self Defense at Aqua Vitae on August 26th, from 2:30pm-3:30pm!

"We realize that it is important to not just learn how to ‘fight” but to learn responsible and practical ways to defend yourself. There is no reason why everyone should not possess that ability."

Yeah, we know. We are way more than a bartending school : ) We do cool things like teach self defense!

 

 

Private Cocktail Session For 20 Guests
Jul
29
3:00 pm15:00

Private Cocktail Session For 20 Guests

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

We're hosting a private cocktail session for 20 guests on Wednesday, July 29th. Guests are going to spend an afternoon mixing, shaking, and learning how to craft cocktails like the pros! Every guest gets to come behind our bar for a hands-on, intimate, and interactive experience. 

Be Your Own Bartender with The Collaborative at Aqua Vitae!
Jul
22
7:00 pm19:00

Be Your Own Bartender with The Collaborative at Aqua Vitae!

  • Aqua Vitae

We're so excited to announce our second Summer event with The Collaborative on July 22nd at 7:00pm. We're inviting Jewish young professionals in their 20s and 30s to come mix, shake, and craft refreshing cocktails in our private bar.

Interested? Get tickets here: http://thecollaborative.org/c/event/byob-be-your-own-bartender 

Spend an evening mixing and shaking at Philadelphia's Aqua Vitae Institute! Learn techniques from a professional bartender, then get behind the bar for some hands-on mixology experience with fresh herbs and the night's signature spirit, gin.

Want to make friends before the class? Meet up for Center City Sips beforehand at the Uptown Beer Garden at 1735 Market Street, from 5:30pm on. Look for Collab staff Danielle or text her (you'll get her number when you register). 

Live, Love, LEBLON
Jul
20
3:00 pm15:00

Live, Love, LEBLON

  • Aqua Vitae

Students, graduates, and industry folks - Don't miss our next special event! 

We are HUGE fans of LEBLON Cachaça and excited to announce that on July 20th at 3:00pm, Leblon's team will be coming to Aqua Vitae Institute. Let's travel to #Brazil together to learn about Cachaça (Brazilian rum). 

You may have heard of the popular rum brand Bacardi? They just purchased the growing Brazilian company but LEBLON's founder, Steve Luttmann (who's from Philadelphia), is still leading the company. 

Everyone will get a kit, art of cachaca book, and will get to make/taste a classic caipirinha- as well as taste the cedilla and reserva neat.

Private Wedding Anniversary - Cocktail Session
Jul
18
5:30 pm17:30

Private Wedding Anniversary - Cocktail Session

  • Aqua Vitae

We love to celebrate love at Aqua Vitae.  Whether it is hosting a group of singles looking to mingle, creating a unique evening for bachelorettes and bachelors, or embracing a special anniversary, our mixologists compliment your special occasion with custom cocktails. 

On Saturday, July 18th we will be hosting a couple celebrating their one year wedding anniversary.  We took time to learn about the couple so we can customize the entire evening to their palette, interests, and personalities.

For this cocktail session, we will be focusing on using smokey flavors, like mezcal and scotch to make craft cocktails. Recipes to come soon :) 

If you have a special occasion coming up and want to book a private cocktail session, call 215-567-7100 and ask for Rivka.

Wine Seminar & Tasting with Ron Marsilio, Sommelier
Jun
14
12:00 pm12:00

Wine Seminar & Tasting with Ron Marsilio, Sommelier

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

Wine Seminar & Tasting- FREE for VIP students.

Sign up today if you haven't already!!!  215-567-7100.

We want our graduates and the public to have an in depth understanding of not just how to serve and pair wine, but why wine is vital to the profits of so many bars, we cover:

  • Differences in production between Red, White, and Rose Wines.
  • General Characteristics of Different Varietals, from Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Flavor and Profile Contrasts of Old World and New World Wines
  • Wine Cellar Basics
  • Storing and Preserving Opened Wine
  • Learning and Appraising a Wine List Quickly
  • Wine and Food Pairings
  • The Order and Etiquette of Opening and Presenting Wine
  • Wine and Cheese Tasting

About Ron: Over the years, Ron worked his way up from server, to captain, to sommelier and finally to restaurant consultant, all the while designing wine lists, business plans and systems for various eateries in the metropolitan area. Ron moved on to Capital Wines and Spirits for a short period of time and finally to the position he now occupies with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

 

Beer Seminar @ Aqua Vitae This Sunday!
Jun
7
4:00 pm16:00

Beer Seminar @ Aqua Vitae This Sunday!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

BEER SEMINAR

Our Beer Seminar is FREE with VIP membership or $130.00 if you sign up today!! 

We wanted to give people both a very thorough history of beer (one of the oldest examples of writing in history was a recipe for beer), and a chance to taste beer from all over the world, and we also wanted to teach very in depth beer service and pairing beer with food.  Here is what our seminar will cover:

  • Hops, Grains, Yeast, and Water, tasting the ingredients that comprise beer
  • History from Sumerian times to modern Brewing
  • The Seven Step Brewing Process.
  • Beer Entertainment and Service
  • Beer Tasting
  • Lager
  • Ale
  • Stout
  • Historical Beer
  • Specialty Beer
  • Belgian Style
  • American Style
  • British Style
  • German/Czech Style
Cocktail Whisperer, Warren Bobrow @ Aqua Vitae!
Jun
3
3:00 pm15:00

Cocktail Whisperer, Warren Bobrow @ Aqua Vitae!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

Student, mixologists, alcohol enthusiasts, come one, come all --

Don't miss the Cocktail Whisperer, Warren Bobrow, at Aqua Vitae Institute tomorrow! Bobrow is a mixologist, chef, and writer, and all around great guy! He's going to be sharing his story, experiences, and what has kept him in love with the world of spirits.

Bobrow serves as the master mixologist for several brands of liquor and has written numerous books, including "Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails", "Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today", and "Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks".

 

Tedx Speaker Party with Cocktails by Aqua Vitae
May
29
6:00 pm18:00

Tedx Speaker Party with Cocktails by Aqua Vitae

  • American Street Showroom

What happens when you combine Tedx's Speaker Party, Aqua Vitae, American Street Showroom, and Art in the Age spirits from Quaker City Mercantile? MAGIC HAPPENS!!

This Friday, Aqua Vitae is proud to be crafting up cocktails for the private Tedx 2015 Speaker Party Announcement.  The exclusive party is only open to influential leaders in Philadelphia, past TedxPhiladelphia speakers, and this year's line-up of upcoming speakers, who have yet to be announced!

Our friends at Quaker City Mercantile provided their Art in the Age Sage and Rhubarb Tea. We're going to be whipping up craft cocktails playing into the event theme, "And Justice For All". 

Cheers to guests, this years speakers, and our best bartenders working the event.

 

Whiskey and Bourbon Tasting @ Commonwealth Proper
May
23
5:00 pm17:00

Whiskey and Bourbon Tasting @ Commonwealth Proper

  • Commonwealth Proper

A whiskey tasting at the same time as a suit fitting? Is there anything else that a groom to be and his best men could want?! 

This weekend, Aqua Vitae will be hosting a private whiskey tasting at Commonwealth Proper, the premier bespoke suit maker in the U.S. 

This isn't just any whiskey tasting though, we're highlighting some of the most unique and world famous Japanese whiskeys. This tasting is private, but we'll be sure to share some pictures and details after the event.

 

 

Wine & Cheese Tasting with Ron Marsilio!
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Wine & Cheese Tasting with Ron Marsilio!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

We're hosting a private party for a wine & cheese tasting on Tuesday, May 12th.  Our Sommelier, Ron Marsilio is one of the best in the region and was the Sommelier for Le Bec-Fin. He now teaches wine classes for The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board as well as at Aqua Vitae Institute.

Guests will learn:

  • Differences in production between Red, White, and Rose Wines.

  • General Characteristics of Different Varietals, from Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Flavor and Profile Contrasts of Old World and New World Wines

  • Wine and Food Pairings

  • Wine and Cheese Tasting

**This event is private, but if you're interested in attending or booking your own Wine & Cheese tasting, call 215-567-7100 and ask to be directed to Rivka for events!** 

Jason Long, PA VP of The USBG, Is Coming To Teach Us About Scotch!
May
5
3:00 pm15:00

Jason Long, PA VP of The USBG, Is Coming To Teach Us About Scotch!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

Don’t miss out on this chance to learn Scotch from one of the very best! 

Jason Long is the Philadelphia Vice President of the United States Bartending Guild and has been working in the wine and spirits industry for 16 years covering the Mid Atlantic region for many brands such as The Macallan, Highland Park, Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Jim Beam, Laphroaig, Stoli, Sauza Tequila.


Jason Long will be coming to Aqua Vitae Institute on May 5th to explain the differences between these great whiskies, but also teach some of the great history behind some of the celebrated whisky brands!

 

Aqua Vitae Institute Crafting Custom Cocktail for Mayor's Reception @ Love Park!
Apr
29
5:00 pm17:00

Aqua Vitae Institute Crafting Custom Cocktail for Mayor's Reception @ Love Park!

  • Love Park

This Wednesday, Mayor Nutter and The City of Philadelphia is hosting a private gathering and ceremony at Love Park. Mayors from across the country will fly to Philadelphia to celebrate inner city youth and a generation of change.

Aqua Vitae Institute was asked to create a special custom cocktail for the ceremony and man the bars at the event! The drink is a surprise, but #GinDependence should give you a little clue ... 

The Gin has been donated by Rowhouse Spirits, a small distillery in Fishtown that specializes in Gin, Poitin Whiskey, and Bear Trap herbal liqueur. Philadelphia Brewing Co is also helping sponsor the event with a few of their most popular brews!

We'll release our #GinDependence drink and recipe after the event :)

 

 

 

 

April Wachtel, master drink creator, at Aqua Vitae Institute on Saturday!
Apr
18
2:00 pm14:00

April Wachtel, master drink creator, at Aqua Vitae Institute on Saturday!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

Don't miss our upcoming guest speaker, April Wachtel, at Aqua Vitae Institute this Saturday!

April Wachtel is a passionate educator, an experiences mixologist, and a cocktail and spirits instructor at Astor Center, The Institute of Culinary Educationand Haven's Kitchen in New York City.

April earned most of her chops in Boston where she bartended for over a decade. She worked in a range of venues, from fine dining restaurants to cocktail bars, and was featured as a Bartending Iconoclast on The Sundance Channel in 2010. During her time in Boston, April simultaneously cultivated a passion for education. She merged her two passions and founded a peer-to-peer learning group called the Boston Bartenders Collaborative. April moved to New York in 2011, and spent her first year in New York bartending at Lani Kai, a modern tropical cocktail bar in Soho, and Lot 2, a farm-to-table restaurant in Brooklyn.

She spent the following two years representing Bacardi Rum as the New York based Brand Master Apprentice, where she she built national brand affinity through creative events, trade and media engagement, and educational seminars. While at Bacardi she also helped to launch the Facundo ultra-premium rum collection.

April spent the past year as Director of Trade Advocacy for Solbeso, the world's first cacao spirit, collaborating with founders on all aspects of marketing and sales, educating trade and consumers, and designing and executing tastings and advocacy initiatives.

In addition to teaching, and consulting with Swig + Swallow, April recently started a social media 'campaign' to share her passion for Mocktails with the world. April developed, styled, and photographed all recipes. View the images here, recipes are imbedded in the blog here.

Philly Drinking Trends with Swabreen Bakr from The Drink Nation!
Mar
26
3:00 pm15:00

Philly Drinking Trends with Swabreen Bakr from The Drink Nation!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

Swabreen Bakr, Contributing Writer for The Drink Nation, will be coming into the Institute to talk to our students about all things trending in Philly!  

She gets to go around the city and interview brewers, chefs, bartenders and survey the drinking scene to find out about new hot spots and fun cocktail trends! We can't wait to hear her recommendations for #Spring and learn how she turned her passion for food & beverages into a full blown career.

 

 Becoming a BOSS of a Bartender with Tim Heuisler, GM of Time Restaurant
Mar
9
3:00 pm15:00

Becoming a BOSS of a Bartender with Tim Heuisler, GM of Time Restaurant

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

Tim Heuisler, General Manager of TIME Restaurant & Bar is coming to tell our students how working hard in this industry, allows you to climb the ladder, and pays off big time. 

Don't let his good looks and charm fool you, his hard work has made him one of the most successful bartenders in Philly. He's been bartending for over 11 years and has made TIME his home for the last 8 years. TIME is a top restaurant, whiskey & taproom, and music venue in Philly. You can't mention TIME without mentioning Tim, and vice versa.

Don't miss this huge opportunity to network and learn from a boss of a bartender.

Register for free here

"Always tasting, always thinking" - with Sande Friedman, from Tria!
Feb
28
3:00 pm15:00

"Always tasting, always thinking" - with Sande Friedman, from Tria!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

If you're in Philadelphia and you love all things, wine, cheese, and beer than you HAVE to go to Tria. Tria is passionate about many things, especially when it comes to fermentation, pairings, and sharing their love of tastings.  

We can't all be wine, cheese, and beer gurus (or can we?), so we're bringing in Sande Friedman, Director of Education/Director of Cheese at Tria Restaurants. She runs the cheese program at three locations, writes menu descriptions for Tria's unique offerings, manages their social media and events, and acts as an admin at the Tria Fermentation School.

Sande is going to break down what goes into developing a menu with ingredients that compliment each other while still having choices for any type of guest.  Oh, did we mention she was honored as a 30 Under 30 in the industry yet?

EVENT OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS AND GUESTS WHO REGISTER FOR FREE HERE.

 

 

 

Let's talk tequila with David Suro, the owner of Tequilas!
Feb
25
3:00 pm15:00

Let's talk tequila with David Suro, the owner of Tequilas!

  • Aqua Vitae Institute

David Suro, owner of the popular #Philly restaurant Tequilas and founder of the Tequila Interchange Project will be coming into the Institute to talk all things #tequila. 

Suro's world-famous restaurant serves authentic cuisine as well a list of over 80 brands of fine 100% Agave tequilas.

David Suro has made his life’s work telling the story of tequila and agave distilled spirits. Not to mention, creating his own line of tequila Siembra Spirits.

EVENT OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS & GUESTS, REGISTER FOR FREE HERE