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April Wachtel

Cocktail Instructor

Astor Center

HQ Phone: (212) 674-7501

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Astor Center

399 Lafayette St.

New York, New York 10003

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

Bacardi Brandmaster Apprentice-NYC

TEAM Enterprises

Creative Director

Emerge Global Inc

Director of Trade Advocacy

New World Spirits

Executive of Libations

The Gallows


Swig + Swallow

Board Member

Founder and Co-chair
Boston Bartenders Collaborative


Bachelor of Arts degree


Boston University

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April Wachtel
April Wachtel April Wachtel is a passionate educator, an experienced mixologist, a spirits aficionado, and a lover of learning, technology, and design. She earned most of her chops in Boston, where she bartended for the past decade. She has worked in a range of venues, from fine dining restaurants to cocktail bars and was also featured as a Bartending Iconoclast on The Sundance Channel in 2010. During her time in Boston, April simultaneously cultivated a passion for education and founded a peer-to-peer learning group called the Boston Bartenders Collaborative. She moved to New York in 2011, and spent her first year in New York bartending at Lani Kai, a modern tropical cocktail bar in SoHo, and Lot 2, a farm-to-table restaurant in Brooklyn. She spent the following two years representing Bacardi Rum as the New York-based Brand Master Apprentice, and has been in her current role as Director of Trade Advocacy for Solbeso, the world’s first cacao spirit, since March, 2014.
April has been an instructor at Astor Center since 2012, and is delighted to teach about cocktail history, tools and technique, syrups and infusions, and ratios and flavor combinations. You can find April drinking and talking about spirits in bars throughout the city, or find more information on her website,
Classes & Events with April Wachtel

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Two hours of education, including Q & A with Astor Center instructor April Wachtel.

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April Wachtel April Wachtel is a passionate educator, an experienced mixologist, a spirits aficionado, and a lover of learning, technology, and design. She earned most of her chops in Boston, where she bartended...

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DIY Home Bar: A Hands-On Cocktail Workshop with April Wachtel of Swig + Swallow Do you want to build your home spirits collection but don't know where to start? Want to wow your guests with your creative cocktail creations? Want to get your home bar up and running without spending a fortune? DIY Home Bar with NYC-based April Wachtel is an introductory crash course that will teach you everything you need to know to start making both classic and original cocktails at home. We will discuss cocktail history, tools & techniques, and how to build a smart and diverse spirits collection without breaking the bank. Most importantly, we will make (and drink!) a variety of cocktails in class as we discuss methods and ratios for proper balance. Finally, we'll send you home with 10 classic recipes and the resources to have you making beautiful cocktails in no time, and on any budget. April teaches cocktail classes at Astor Center and The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, and is the founder and principal educator at Swig + Swallow. Please note that antipasti and hors d'oeuvres will be served at this class - not a full dinner.

In April, we're switching out the chefs for bartenders and making it all about cocktails.
Wow-Worthy Cocktail Methods for Fun and Flavor with April Wachtel of Swig + Swallow Are you constantly on the lookout for new ways to incorporate flavors, aromas, and textures to your cocktails? Always hunting for new tricks and techniques to use to wow your friends? April Wachtel, veteran NYC-based bartender, cocktail instructor, and founder of beverage consulting firm Swig + Swallow believes the perfect cocktail hits on all of these notes - it has a beautiful appearance, enticing aroma, complementary flavors and distinct mouthfeel. Join April when she returns to COOK to demonstrate processes from muddling and dry-shaking to smoking cocktails and infusion to expand your cocktail-making repertoire.
Super Seasonal Summer Cocktails with April Wachtel of Swig + Swallow June marks the official entry into summer in the northeast, and summer means balmy breezes, grilling, and the abundance of gorgeous and local fruits, herbs, and vegetables. Join NYC-based bartender April Wachtel for this super seasonal class featuring ingredients you can source from the farmers market. Guests will learn processes to incorporate fresh ingredients, from muddling, to making juices, syrups and infusions. April will also discuss easy methods for preparing drinks for a group, so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy. April will make (and serve) a range of refreshing cocktails including a peach, bourbon, and basil smash, a strawberry, rum, and black pepper sour, a spicy riff on a jalapeño margarita, and a savory, briny, roasted red pepper cocktail.
In April of this year, the building was brought back as a swank, supper club-style restaurant open to the public with nightly dancing and a downstairs bar that bans cell phones.
In April, watch and judge as Cheu Noodle Bar's Chadwick Smith goes up against Will BYOB's Craig Russell.
The cooking power couple will be making their COOK debut in April for a showcase of Japanese and Italian food preparations that complement as much as rival.

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Recipe created exclusively for Greatist by April Wachtel, owner and educator of Swig + Swallow and Craft Mocktails.

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