This holiday season, recruit your roommates or friends and family to take part in an online holiday cocktail event with with Billy Sunday (3143 W. Logan Blvd.). The cocktail bar hosts a virtual holiday cocktail class this month and rare Scotch tasting in January. Both come with take-home cocktail kits that you can pick up at the bar.
“Whether it be a syrup class or how to make your own bitters at home, we are focusing on different things that revolve around different themes of our own cocktail program at Billy Sunday,” said Stephen Andrews, general manager of Billy Sunday. “Everything is fresh, fun, and sometimes esoteric and kind of weird.”
Holiday Cocktail Class on Dec. 19
On Saturday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m., Billy Sunday invites you to a virtual holiday cocktail class where you’ll learn how to make two of the bar’s favorite classic holiday cocktails: a cold egg nog prepared in a cocktail shaker and the Tom & Jerry! To join, sign up online for a cocktail kit, which you can pick up at the bar the day before the class. Your kit will include everything you need to make both cocktails plus a Billy Sunday cocktail to enjoy during class. You will need to have a whisk, a metal bowl, some muscles and a cocktail shaker at home. Tickets are $55 and include the cocktail kit, which you can pick up on Friday, Dec. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rare Scotch Tasting on Jan. 16
“In January, we are also featuring a virtual tasting of rare scotches where we create portioned out tasters of super rare and unique whisky from Amaro to Scotch whiskey and will explain their rarity and taste elements,” Andrews said.
January’s rare scotch tasting will feature the bar’s favorite bottles from its shelves, with the event led by Kris Peterson (from sister bars Mordecai and Hush Money and the Spirits Archivist beverage program), who will give an in-depth history of each bottle. Then, participants will taste together and compare notes.
Tickets cost $150, which include a cocktail kit you can pick up from Billy Sunday Friday, Jan. 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each kit comes with 1-ounce pours of each of these rare scotches:
1966 Tamnavulin 22 year — Moon Import “The Birds”
1965 Strathisla 48 year — Gordon and MacPhail
1967 Dunglass 23 year — Moon Import “The Animals”
As for other proofs and provisions, Billy Sunday is offering a “cut-down” menu, as the bar did at the start of the pandemic, featuring to-go cocktails two days a week, on Thursday and Friday.
“It’s kind of day by day,” Andrews said. “The cocktail program and classes are helping keep us afloat during the winter, so we will see.”
To buy tickets for upcoming events, sign up for the community-supported cocktail program (it’s like a community-supported agriculture box for exclusive cocktails, Billy Sunday says) or order cocktails to go on Thursdays and Fridays, visit Billy Sunday on Tock.com.
Featured photo: Kristina Alto