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Scene/Seen: Mixing it up at the Earl’s Grocery Mixology Lab

If there is one thing that I’ve learned from doing the Scene/Seen series, it’s that good booze brings out the crowds in Charlotte.

Maybe the pressure to find the perfect Valentine’s Day drink contributed, but I think the crowds finally heard that there are free samples passed around of each expertly mixed cocktail at the Earl’s Grocery Mixology Lab with Bob Peters.

Normally, one of Peters’ cocktails can only be enjoyed at The Punch Room at The Ritz-Carlton in uptown, but here he makes learning and appreciating cocktails as approachable as pouring a beer, they a way a good bartender should.

This is the Bob Peters Mixology Class from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.

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Peters is driven by a passion that has elevated him to the top of the craft cocktail scene in Charlotte. His vast knowledge and willingness to share it don’t just make you appreciate cocktails more, but at the risk of sounding melodramatic, he makes you appreciate life more, too.

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The champagne cocktails were so delicate and beautiful that they attracted beer drinkers, bubbly devotees and even the odd coffee drinker who came in for a cappuccino but stayed for the recipe.

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Some in attendance were definitely planning for Valentine’s Day night. I overheard mention of a beet risotto and white zinfandel (pink and red themed) dinner. But there were also a range of other personalities like a mother who found a stray champagne cork in her stroller, which I can only take to mean good luck.

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Above all else, the lesson of the class is that anyone can make great cocktails. It’s interactive, and Peters even curated a bar equipment section so that anyone can equip themselves with a basic set of bar tools.

The next class is March 12 and will feature Muddy River Distillery rum. Get there early, get there thirsty and always tip your bartenders.

Photos: Rémy Thurston

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