Cognac Cocktail Class at The Varnish (UPDATED)

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Update 1/27: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Cognac Cocktail Class has been re-scheduled to Saturday, February 5th. The ticket giveaway has been extended as well (see below).

From Napoleon to hip-hop, the story of cognac has taken many a twist and turn in its 300-year history. Sipped by kings, aristocrats and Lil Jon, cognac is also a key ingredient in cocktails, from 19th century recipes to modern interpretations. On Saturday, February 5th, you’ll get to master four of these cocktails in a Cognac Cocktail Class, presented by

Your $50 ticket gives you access to an exclusive, hands-on experience inside The Varnish, the acclaimed cocktail den regarded as one of the country’s best bars. Leading the session will be Varnish co-owner Eric Alperin, 2010 Rising Star Mixologist and 2010 Spirited Award nominee for American Bartender of the Year. Joining Alperin for the two-hour class will be Varnish GM Chris Bostick.

During the class, you’ll learn how to make four cognac cocktails, including the classic Sidecar and Vieux Carré, a Cognac Manhattan, and an original Varnish cocktail. You’ll also go beyond the “Big Four” and sample cognac from premium brand Pierre Ferrand.

If you’ve been to The Varnish on a busy night, you’ll know that the intimate venue fills up fast. To ensure an optimal experience, the number of tickets to the Cognac Cocktail Class is very limited; buy your online tickets soon to guarantee your spot.

From now until February 2nd, is offering you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Cognac Cocktail Class, a $200 value! To enter the giveaway and for more info, visit the ticket giveaway page. Good luck!

Cognac Cocktail Class
Presented by
Saturday, February 5, 2011
21 and over
Online ticket: $50 ($100 value)
Info and tickets:

  • Eric Alperin and Chris Bostick
  • Four cognac cocktails
  • Pierre Ferrand tasting

The Varnish
118 E. Sixth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-9999

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  2. Jenn on February 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

    when I go to enter to contest it just says “Invite a friend” there is no option to Enter Sweepstakes…

  3. thirstyinla on February 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Hi Jenn, sorry but the giveaway ended at 8am this morning.

  4. Jenn on February 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I believe my entry went in last night when I attempted to enter on my phone.