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Saturday, July 23 • 10:00am - 11:30am
The Seven Pillars of Classic Cocktails

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How does Carbonic Acid change the balance of a ‘75 and a Collins? What is the trick to mastering brix in a variety of liqueurs in the Daisy? Why are bitters integral to a number of cocktails? Bartenders get caught up in the details when crafting dealers choice libations, which can slow them down during a shift. But what if there were seven formulas that provided the skeleton for an infinite number of cocktails? During this seminar, Bittercube co-founder Ira Koplowitz, alongside award winning bartender Marco Zappia and cocktail historian & author Matthew Rowley will touch on all the topics mentioned above and a number of others to provide concrete formulas, foolproof riffs and historical context for creating dealers choice libations in a pinch. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste a number of different pillar cocktails.

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Nicholas Kosevich

Proprietor, Bittercube
Bittercube was founded by Nicholas Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz in 2009, and they began developing, formulating, and tweaking the lineup that is now the six varieties of Bittercube Bitters. The first larger batches began maceration in July of 2010, and since then the business has grown to distributed in many states around the country. | | Beyond bitters, Bittercube has consulted with a number of restaurants and bars, creating unique cocktail... Read More →

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Ira Koplowitz

Proprietor, Bittercube
Ira Koplowitz worked for more than two years at the Violet Hour in Chicago where he developed a number of house-made syrups, tonics and bitters and contributed cocktails to more than a year's worth of seasonal cocktail menus. Beyond bartending, Koplowitz has traveled extensively, eating and drinking his way across more than forty countries, spanning five continents.  In 2009, Koplowitz founded Bittercube along with partner Nicholas... Read More →
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Matthew Rowley

Author and Journalist
From folk distilling to cannabis drinks, Matthew Rowley has spent a quarter century researching the manufacture and distribution of illicit spirits. He is the author of "Moonshine!" (2007) and the James Beard Award-nominated "Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger’s Manual (2015)." He has written for numerous publishers, magazines, and universities, is on the editorial board of David Wondrich's forthcoming "Oxford Companion to... Read More →
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Marco Zappia

Managing Partner, Bittercube
Marco Zappia dropped out of middle school because no one liked his haircut, was accepted into Stanford’s advanced placement program, promptly got into too much trouble and ran away from Palo Alto into the patchouli scented bosom of Berkeley, where he studied Sartre, Derrida, and Nietzsche. California girls didn’t like him, so he went to the east coast to Bard where he partook in many dinner parties, drank a lot of Yellowtail and tasted... Read More →


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