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December 19, 2011 13:00 ET

Be the Life of the Party This Holiday Season-and Any Time of Year

The Everyday Guide to Spirits and Cocktails: Tastes and Traditions, a Comprehensive and Interactive Spirits Education Course Available on DVD and as a Digital Video Download from the Great Courses!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2011) - Connoisseurs or novices, spirits lovers can now amaze and delight friends and family with an enhanced knowledge of and appreciation for great spirits and cocktails. The Everyday Guide to Spirits and Cocktails: Taste and Traditions, a dynamic series of video lectures available just in time for the holidays, is a fun and engaging educational experience that reveals everything people need to know to choose, mix, and serve spirits and cocktails just like a master mixologist.

Hosted by acclaimed expert and Certified Specialist of Spirits Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan and filmed entirely on location at Washington, DC's iconic Gibson Bar, these exciting cocktail courses feature six half-hour lectures that cover the history, production, varieties, and uses of popular spirits including vodka, rum, and whiskey. As Ms. Simonetti-Bryan demonstrates how to taste and compare the quality and complex notes of each spirit with the skill and confidence of a wine connoisseur, people will learn to maximize their experiences with spirits and discover their own personal taste preferences. They'll also get a host of recipes for delicious cocktails that illustrate each spirits' unique characteristics, making this a very comprehensive guide to cocktails.

The Everyday Guide to Spirits and Cocktails: Taste and Traditions also includes two bonus lectures packed with insider tips, such as how to create the perfect home bar, how to make sure the figure-conscious can enjoy their favorite drinks, and how to craft seasonal cocktail recipes like Eggnog and Hot Buttered Rum. Available on DVD for $29.95 and as a digital video download for $27.95, this interactive learning experience makes an excellent-and affordable-gift both for the holidays and for any occasion.

"Everyone loves a delicious cocktail-never more so than during the party season," says Ms. Simonetti-Bryan. "But many people can't tell their gin from their vodka, or their sour from their daiquiri. Mixology courses, such as 'The Everyday Guide to Spirits and Cocktails: Tastes and Traditions' offer a solid grounding in understanding the origins of spirits, the intricacies of tasting, how to establish your personal preferences, and above all, how to mix that lip-smackingly good cocktail. It's a comprehensive guide to spirits and cocktails - with bite-size, half-hour lectures that can be enjoyed on your own time."

The Everyday Guide to Spirits and Cocktails: Tastes and Traditions is just one of more than 350 educational and inspiring courses for lifelong learners available from The Great Courses. To download or purchase this course as a holiday gift, please visit

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