What is the best way to introduce a well-intentioned and enthusiastic person to good cocktails? I have a good relationship with my brother, and he'd benefit from some education from someone who knows a thing or two about mixing drinks.
He's enthusiastic about drinks, he loves to entertain, he can stock his bar with the right ingredients. Unfortunately, he'll mix a little vodka with some fruit juice, put it in a stemmed glass, and call it a martini.
I'd love to teach him how to stock his cabinet. How to mix a drink. How to think about rye and bitters. Honor tradition. Learn about new trends. And, selfishly, I'd love for someone in the family to be able to make a good drink. ; )
Bartending classes aren't out of the question, but they have to be the right kind of classes. I'd err on the side of "put on a bow tie and learn about prohibition cocktails" over "torn jeans and rum n Coke" classes.
He's near Philadelphia. Any suggestions on what I can do? Any books, people, classes or bars I should know about?