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December 03, 2009
Cocktail Classes at the Diamond

The Diamond at Maple Tree Square
- your neighborhood cocktail parlor - is proud to announce its first range of hands-on cocktail classes.

Courses on offer cater to aspiring professional bartenders and casual cocktail enthusiasts alike. 

The Professional Courses

The Diamond Preparatory School For All Things Drink offers a comprehensive range of programs such as ‘Beginner Bartender Basics’, ‘Cocktail Bartender’ and ‘Master Bartender’ for those interested in a professional industry career. The ongoing courses cover everything from basic cocktail making skills to management programs (depending on the course), with topics ranging from classics knowledge to the current techniques and products, providing guidance on creating original programs and the science behind building a proper drink.

Next Professional Course Dates:

Beginner Bartender Basics: Monday, January 4th, 11th and 18th (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) The professional bartender, the bar and your tools, basic techniques and practice, spirits, glassware.

Cocktail Bartender: Monday, January 25th, February 1st and 8th (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Introduction to cocktails, cocktail families, classics and contemporaries, modern cocktail evolution.

*** Please note that you must complete ‘Beginner Bartender Basics’ before enrolling in ‘Cocktail Bartender’.  Fees are $495 per course. 


The Rookie Courses

The Diamond also provides programs for the avid rookie with such classes such as: ‘Classic Cocktails 101’, ‘Gin & Gin Cocktails’,  ‘Contemporary Cocktails & Food Pairing’,  ‘Whiskey & Whiskey Cocktails’ and ‘How to Stock Your Home Bar & Throw a Cocktail Party’. The classes are a mix of demonstration and hands-on with students sampling six different cocktails and then expertly guided to make two of their choosing. Snacks are provided.

Next Rookie Course Dates:

Classic Cocktails 101: Saturday, December 5th (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Overview of classic cocktails, Martini, Manhattan, Margarita, Side Car, Whiskey Sour, Daiquiri.

Contemporary Cocktails & Food Pairing: Sunday, December 6th (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Tips for creating contemporary cocktails & pairing suggestions.

Gin & Gin Cocktails: Saturday, December 12th (5 p.m. to  7 p.m.) Overview of distillation & history, French 75, Pegu Club, Negroni, White Lady, Tom Collins, Martini.

How to Stock Your Home Bar & Throw a Cocktail Party: Sunday, December 13th (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Learn the key items needed in your home bar and the cocktails you can create with them, tips for hosting a memorable cocktail party.

***Fees are $90 per course. Additional Information: All classes are held at The Diamond - 6 Powell Street Gastown (Corner of Carrall St).
Course materials and equipment are provided but please bring a pen & paper.
Fees - 50% is due at time of booking with the balance to be paid by the start of class.  


We serve alcohol responsibly and recommend that you do not drive to class.

Gift certificates available.

For more information or to enroll please email:

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