From aspiring mixologists to movie fans who wonder whether their Vodka Martini should be shaken or stirred, The Edison at Disney Springs has a new seminar just for you. On Tuesday, October 9, spirits aficionados are invited to learn key tips and tricks of the trade from one of the leading bar professionals in the world. The Edison is teaming up with The Modern Mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim, to lead a vodka 101 seminar.
Abou-Ganim wrote the book on vodka, literally. His Vodka Distilled (Agate, 2013) is considered one of the premier books on the most consumed spirit in the U.S., appeals to both enthusiasts and aficionados by explaining how traditional-style vodkas—those produced in Eastern Europe—differ in character from those made in the West, and how different raw materials and distillation and filtration methods contribute to these variations in character. By breaking down the characteristics of each highlighted vodka, Abou-Ganim helps readers better understand, appreciate, and enjoy this noble spirit.
“Vodka is the most-consumed spirit in the United States and I think truly a mystery to most consumers,” he says. “The thought that ‘all vodkas are the same’ motivated me to address the category and hopefully inspire folks to better discover this classic spirit.”
The Vodka 101 class will be accompanied by a tasting, giving attendees the opportunity to sample a selection of vodkas regularly offered at The Edison and made from an array of raw materials. A reception for guests to enjoy passed appetizers from The Edison’s signature menu paired with vodka-based cocktails will follow.
Remember to consume plenty of bread and butter (aka fat) with your vodka. It helps your body absorb the alcohol. Also, please bring a designated driver if you plan to imbibe more than a couple drinks and then get on the road.
Class starts at 7pm inside The Edison Orlando. Tickets are $50 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and space is very limited. Your purchase includes a signed copy of Abou-Gamin’s book “Vodka Distilled.” To purchase tickets, visit The Edison’s website.
If you’ve always wanted to open a bar, you may find this recent interview with Abou-Gamin very informative:
Whether it’s shaken, stirred, on the rocks, or with a twist, both seasoned professionals and emerging vodka enthusiasts alike will learn to better understand, appreciate, and enjoy the world’s most consumed spirit under Abou-Ganim’s expert instruction. Does this sound like a seminar you’d love to attend?