If you’re still wary about going out for a cocktail, there’s a way to bring the bar experience home while still supporting your local barkeep.
CompanyToast—which launched during lockdown as a way for companies to treat their employees to virtual happy hours—is now partnering with Café La Trova to bring the bar to all. The Cantinero Experience program is led by La Trova’s award-winning bartenders, who put together each box as well as lead the live demos on Zoom.
Everything you’ll need to take part in is included in the cocktail kit: a full-size bottle of Santa Teresa 1796 rum, a Shaker & Shaker & Spoon mixology kit with cafecito syrup, Scrappy’s chocolate bitters, orange oil spray and coffee beans. Plus, knowing that most folks don’t have more than a wine opener at home, they’ve thrown in tools as well—like a footed mixing glass, a Japanese-style jigger, a teardrop bar spoon and julep strainer. Whether you opt for the class or not, it’s a steal at $99 for the whole kit and caboodle.
Though we highly recommend participation. La Trova’s cheerful bartenders are a delight in person as much as they are onscreen, taking you through the process step by step to ensure your at-home tipple is on par with what you’d order up at the counter. The first classes on the schedule take place this Friday, June 19, and Sunday, June 21—should you need something to do with dad.
Unlike drinking from your stash at home, La Trova’s Cantinero Experience helps support local bartenders: 100-percent of proceeds from the boxes go to the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Certain sectors of the city may have started reopening but bars remain closed, making programs like these necessary to their survival. If there was ever a reason to drink, paying it forward with a cocktail is it.
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