25th Reunion: Cocktails & Conversation Material Prep List


We are so excited to see you at our event! Here is a list of materials and supplies we recommend everyone to have on hand.

Technical Prep:

  • Be sure to have practiced logging into the Virtual HUB, using the correct email that you used to register for reunion!
  • Make sure you have the most up-to-date version of:
    • Zoom (downloaded and set up)
    • Internet browser

Ingredient Prep:

  • Any kind of liquor you like!
  • Bitters if you have them or can get them (Angostura is a great place to start)
  • Citrus & something to juice citrus with
  • Club soda / mineral water / sodastream / beer / champagne / sparkling wine or cider (basically something bubbly)
  • A cocktail shaker or a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • A cocktail strainer or a small sieve
  • At least one Pratt Standard Cocktail syrup * see below
  • A bar spoon or chopstick
  • 3 glasses per person
  • A vegetable peeler
  • A jigger or tablespoon measure or ¼ cup measure
  • A lot of ice – 2 lbs per person should be sufficient
    • (Tip: make sure your ice is fresh, i.e. less than 3 days old)

If you do not believe you will receive your syrup in time or wish to make your own, please use these instructions below Tory will go over how to make simple syrup in the class, but it tastes way better if it has time to cool beforehand.

Simple Syrup:
1 cup boiling hot water
1 cup sugar

Bring more than a cup of water to a boil on the stove or in the microwave. Carefully measure off one cup of boiling hot water, and mix it in a non-reactive container (a jar works well) with one cup of sugar until the sugar is dissolved.

If you want to get fancy and infuse your simple syrup,
pick up some whole spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice, dried rosemary, ginger root, fresh turmeric root, dried hibiscus, etc. Or pick up fresh herbs like mint, rosemary, thyme, sage, jalapeño.

For whole spices, add them to the water when you are boiling it prior to adding the sugar.(About ¼ cup of the spice to 1 cup water is a good ratio to start. If you’ve got ginger or turmeric, make sure to cut it up.) Once it comes to a boil, let it steep for 30 minutes. Then measure off a cup of the water, mix it with a cup of sugar, and you’re set.

For fresh herbs, add them to simple syrup that has already cooled down after being mixed. Put it in the fridge, and shake the mixture twice a day for 2-3 days.

Some fun flavor combinations:

  • Vanilla & Cinnamon (add ½ tsp vanilla extract to start, and taste)
  • Ginger hibiscus
  • Turmeric lime (add lime zest to a turmeric-infused syrup and let chill)
  • Pineapple jalapeño (use pineapple juice instead of water, and add half the sugar because pineapple is already sweet. Add a split jalapeño to the chilled syrup, shake, and taste every few hours until it’s spicy enough for you)