Rum Academy - NYCE Bar Education

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900 Fulton St.

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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New York Cocktail Expo - Bar Education


RUM ACADEMY: Class 1 & 2

Application of Rum for the Modern Inspired Bartender


"This is an Immersive class for serious bar Industry professionals, who wish to increase & empower their knowledge of Rum for application in cocktails and leveling up their beverage program. This is no fluffy seminar...this is real education!"

-Matt Kourie, Founder - New York Cocktail Expo

Instructor Shannon Mustipher is the Best Selling Author of "TIKI Modern Tropical Cocktails", a seasoned spirits educator and has been featured in IMBIBE Magazine, & Punch Magazine. Her passion & knowledge of Rum is Industry acclaimed and as an instructor, she delivers the spirit of this exciting category with clarity, grace and expertise.

Students Will Enjoy Learning and Putting Knowledge to Use From this Highly Anticipated & Engaging Class!


  • Learn about Rum & Rhum, History and Classification in a focused environment
  • Taste a variety of Rum styles
  • Make a TIKI Cocktail
  • Be Tested and Graded on your Knowledge
  • Receive Certification in area of Study!



History and Classification: "Know Thy Rums"

Time: 1pm-2:30pm

Rum is a sprawling category, defying simple categorization - "white, "gold" and "dark" can mean dozens of flavor profiles from bottle to bottle, making it essential to "know thy rums.”

What you will learn and Do:

Students will taste through a selection of rums from around the world, discuss their production methodology, and the best way to apply them in Tiki and tropical cocktails.

Students will walk away armed with a solid understanding of the category and a base of knowledge from which to continue an intelligent exploration and study of the world of rum.

Class Inspirations:

As Don the Beachcomber famously quipped, "What one rum can do, three can do better.” He created a style of cocktail that had never been seen - or imagined - in his "Rhum Rhapsodies" which combined multiple spirits to capture the best of what each had to offer, laying the foundation for layered, complex and richly flavored cocktails.

Testing / Class Project / Recess:


  • Rum 101 Quiz - Asses what you have learned and receive Rum Academy Level One Certification
  • Activity - Create your own custom Daiquiri and Tiki Punch blend
  • Lunch available for Purchase at venue


Styling and Profilin': Advanced Flavor Mapping and Presentation Techniques

Class Time: 3pm-4:30pm

What you will learn and do:

  • How to taste spirits and ingredients and evaluate the role they can play in balancing 4 main elements of a cocktail: Sweet, Sour, Body/Texture, Aroma.
  • How to use classic templates as a point of departure for creating originals.
  • Best practices for incorporating non traditional ingredients and techniques into cocktails
  • Traditional and contemporary garnish technique
  • Specialty ice for TIKI
  • Hands on TIKI Garnish tutorial
  • CLASS PROJECT: Create your own custom Tiki rum/spirit blend/infusion

What you will receive:

Link to online PDF/recap of information covered in class


Class Description:

From Donn the Beachcomber's "Rhum Rhapsodies" - cocktails that blended multiple spirits and components in a way that had never been attempted up until that point, to the way bartenders of today are incorporating newly available ingredients such as agave, yuzu, and fat washing into drinks. The realm of Tiki cocktails proves time and time again to be a hotbed of cocktail innovation, inspiring bartenders to experiment with a spectrum of flavors and applications that seldom appear on other styles of cocktail.

In the realm of presentation, Tiki cocktails have led the way in attention to detail in terms of elaborate vessels, garnishes, and the use of smoke, fire, and the like. The adage “The feast starts with the eyes” speaks to the role

the appearance of a cocktail plays in creating anticipation and impact in a cocktail. In this class we will cover specialty ice for Tiki, garnish cuts, and more.

The class will conclude with an optional exam for those wishing to obtain the NYCE Rum Level 1 Certification, which grants access to the next level of Rum Tasting and trainings on 4 sub categories:

Raw Cane - Agiardiente, Cachcaca, and Agricole

English and Navy Style Rums

Spanish Style Rums

Rum Connoisseurship - Extra Aged, Single Still, Rare and Limited Rums

Enroll Today as we expect a filled classroom! Thank you!

Other NY Cocktail Expo Events!

Join us on August 18th at Melrose Ballroom for spirit, cocktail and beverage tastings!

Bartenders! Register to enter the largest "Best Cocktail Competition" in New York on August 18th at Melrose Ballroom !

Spirit and Beverage Exhibitors! Register for August 18th's tastings at Melrose Ballroom to showcase your expression at New York Cocktail Expo.

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