For those times when you and your girlfriends are stumped for a clever something to do on a Friday night, allow us to introduce you to our new favorite thing. Take a cue from Cocktail Academy and Amber Events; grab your closest lady friends, a handsome bartender, and learn to whip up some delicious new concoctions. It doesn’t get much better than that! Unless Sorella-Muse is there to capture it all, of course!


From Amber Events… When Cocktail Academy sets out to throw a cocktail party, they look for inspiration. In this case it was summer. Cocktail Academy and the lovely ladies at Amber Events held a celebratory summer event to learn how to make fresh, easy-to-make cocktails at home. What better vendor than Cocktail Academy to show the girls how it’s done! Not only were these drinks beautiful to look at, but so much fun to sip as we reminisced about the epic wedding stories of the past year.

Matt Landes, Founder of Cocktail Academy, looked to the classic families of cocktails and identified most with the Ricky, an effervescent variation of a Gimlet.

A Gimlet recipe calls for 2oz of your choice of spirit, 1oz of lime juice, and 3/4 oz of sugar syrup*(endless options). In order to turn a Gimlet into Rickey you serve it in a tall glass over ice and top with soda. Now that we determined the cocktail, it was time to make a unique variation by modifying their simple syrup. It was then decided to go with a Rosemary, Pineapple, and Blueberry syrup.

From Cocktail Academy… Cocktail Academy provides full service bar catering for any size budget or event. In addition we run a private event space called Apartment A in Downtown LA’s Arts District.

We believe in creating artistic, personalized cocktail experiences through a warm and passionate approach to hospitality. We capture the excitement and creative energy of a client and produce a program that is value driven and visually inspiring, where flavor and service are of upmost importance. When you hire Cocktail Academy, you are not simply hiring bartenders, you are receiving the entire cocktail bar experience, with expertise, education and ambience. We bring the cocktail culture with us wherever we go.

Photography: Sorella-Muse | Catering: Urban Radish | Hair: Lou Lou Hair | Concept/Styling: Nira Luna Of Amber Events | Makeup: Renee Loiz | Mixology Specialists: Cocktail Academy | Venue: Apartment A | Video: Rachel Jacobson