Cocktail fans need not be serious students. Learn just a little at Oliver’s Lounge.

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Spirit “tastings” can mean a lot of things. Sometimes, you just taste stuff. Other times, you get a little lesson with your booze.

The Bookstore Bar’s series of scotch tastings are great 101 classes and the bonus is that you get to taste fantastic scotches. The Drinking Lessons series at the Sorrento is probably the most esoteric of the local offerings—the bartenders who teach those are unafraid to veer into historical minutiae and/or soliloquize about recherche spirits that most of us will likely never come across again.

And that’s all fine and good. Personally, I love some historical minutiae with my cocktail. But maybe you don’t? Maybe you just want to know the basics of rum, learn how to make a mai tai, and try Bacardi’s latest product, Seven Tiki. If that’s true, let me steer you in the direction of Oliver’s Lounge, which is hosting a $10 tasting (that price includes cocktails and snacks) on Wednesday, April 20 from 6 to 7:30.

Beverage director Steve Johansson says the class will be more serious than fun—it will bulletpoint the spirit’s history, then move on to cocktail making. Some rum punch may be involved. Sign up by calling 206-623-8700.

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