Join us for a special Valentine's Day themed cocktail making class on Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 EST, 3:30 PST. Start off this romantic weekend by learning how to craft two fancy love-inspired cocktails from our expert bartender. This time we're being hosted by Alex Valencia, a Mexican-born master bartender who now slings drinks in the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village. To learn more about Alex, and get the ingredients for our delectable cocktails, read on below: STRANGE BEAUTY .25oz Grand Marnier .50oz Agave .75oz Lime Juice .75oz tequila 1oz Black Fig Vodka 1 Cinnamon Sticks GLASS: Cocktail Glass GARNISH: Cinnamon stick SMOKE DIAMONDS .75oz Dobel Diamante 1oz 400 Mezcal 2 DAB 1 DPB 2 D Mexican Mole Bitters METHOD: Stir and Strain GLASS: Rocks Alex Valencia / Co-Owner and Beverage Director, La Contenta Restaurants, New York City, New York. Cocktail fans who have followed Alex Valencia’s career know the New York City bartender as a true artist behind the bar. His creativity, talent and infectious enthusiasm have flowed from hidden speakeasies and trendy pan-Latin concepts to a world-renowned whisky room and now his own establishments in the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village. Alex’s restaurants are consistently credited as having some of the most avant-garde libations in New York City. La Contenta explores the potential of tequila and mezcal and promotes Mexican mixology through its use of “alt agave” spirits including charanda, Oaxacan-made whiskies, bacanora, sotol raicilla, tepache, pulque and more. Alex was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city. He began working in the service industry in 2003 and by 2008 had started honing his passion for mixology with talented bartenders and mentors.