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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... 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... Read More →
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Matthew Rowley

Author and Journalist, freelance
Matthew Rowley is the author of "Moonshine!" (2007) and the James Beard Award finalist "Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger’s Manual (2015)." A former board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Rowley has written for numerous publishers, magazines, and universities... 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... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am CDT
Iberville Room at the Hotel Monteleone