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Batson River Brewing & Distilling Cocktail Classes in Portland, Maine

Ready to step up your at-home happy hour or dinner party hosting game? Join us every Saturday at 3pm throughout the month of March to earn your PHD (Party Hero Degree) from our expert bartenders. Your $35 ticket earns you up-close and personal instruction (witty banter included) in the preparation and enjoyment of two cocktails plus a link to the recipes so you can pull them up on your phone whenever you need them.

Pouring two cocktails

Let’s Get Tropical, March 12

Rum lovers rejoice and kick those winter doldrums to the curb by learning how to make orgeat from scratch, plus two tropical or tiki bar classics, the Mai Tai and the Zombie. Your bartender will also discuss the difference between rhum and rum, the many styles of rum, and provide some interesting history about the origins of Tropical/Tiki style. 

Batson River Mai Tai Recipe:


  • 1.5oz Dixie Bull Rum,
  • 0.5oz Combier Orange Liqueur,
  • 0.5oz Fresh Lime Juice,
  • 0.5oz Orgeat (we’ll be using Pistachio Orgeat),
  • 0.75oz Plantation Dark Rum Float

Batson River Zombie Recipe:


  • 1oz Dixie Bull Rum,
  • 1oz Plantation Dark Rum,
  • 0.5oz Lemon Juice,
  • 0.5oz Lime Juice,
  • 0.5oz Pineapple Juice,
  • 0.5oz Passionfruit Juice,
  • 0.5oz Grapefruit Cinnamon Syrup,
  • Breath of Absinthe,
  • Orange Bitters,
  • Grenadine Float