Spirited conversations: Sawmill Market to offer mixology classes

Sawmill Market is hosting a weekly mixology class series in its private event space, the Mill Room. (Courtesy of Sawmill Market)

Learn how to shake it, stir it, and pair it the right way during weekly mixology classes at Sawmill Market.

The classes are held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in the Mill Room at Sawmill Market, 1909 Bellamah NW. Each class has a different curriculum and approach. The classes began July 21 with a lesson on tequila and mezcal. Attendees followed step-by-step tutorials to create cocktails including margaritas and learned about the history of tequila and mezcal. The course was led by Michael Trujillo, director of mixology and spirits education at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. The next week, participants enjoyed a demonstration on wine and tapas pairings, with four tapas each paired with a wine. The event was led by Christian A. Monchâtre, corporate chef at Heritage Hotels & Resorts.

“What’s really fun and kind of unique about these events and why we wanted to work with Mike is, you know, he’s just such a ball of energy,” said Mark Montoya, Sawmill Market general manager. “He’s so passionate about the art of mixology and really doing things that a lot of people don’t even think about when it comes to mixing different ingredients together.”

Next up is “Bonkers for Bourbon” on Aug. 4.

“September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, so Mike wanted to kind of start it off as a pregame to that month,” Montoya said. “He’s going to do a bourbon seminar and really kind of dive into the different styles of bourbons and single malts and really kind of showcase some of his favorites.”

The course will be based on classic bourbon cocktails. Participants will get to follow Trujillo’s direction to make bourbon creations. The class also will feature a food component.

On Aug. 11, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits’ sommelier Tomas Acosta will conduct a course on pinot noir wines from around the world. The lesson will include insight into Old World and New World pino noirs. The wines will be paired with food prepared by Mochâtre.

Trujillo returns for “Shaken or Stirred?,” a class on martinis, on Aug. 18. Martinis will be the focus of the course.

“Mike’s going to be doing his takes on classic martinis, the difference between the gin martinis and the vodka martinis, and how to make it at home and what to recommend,” Montoya said. “And then he’s also going to demonstrate how to make a Vesper cocktail, which, according to Mike it’s one of his favorites.”

Future classes are “Bubbles, Bulles, Bolle” on Aug. 25, “Gear Up for the Holidays” on Sept. 15, “Punch Party” on Sept. 22 and “Cocktails and Coffee” on Sept. 29. Classes are $30 per person. Tickets can be purchased at addmi.com/b/taste-of-the-market.-MM7FJg2UldPaf_GNfxU/events.

Sawmill Market wants to expand on the mixology classes in the near future in its demo kitchen upstairs.

“Our demo kitchen upstairs, that’s what it was built for, you know, culinary classes, chef’s demos, chef cooking classes,” Montoya said. “And also, the mixology, and the wine, and bringing in brewers to taste beers. This is kind of just the beginning of it. We have a lot coming up, especially as we get into the colder months. We really want to utilize that space and maximize it by bringing in different chefs from around the state, bringing in different bartenders and growers, to really kind of showcase the best from New Mexico.”

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