Kendra Allenby

Learn how to make Cocktails with New Yorker Cartoonist Kendra Allenby

Making a great cocktail is a skill I love to have, and love to teach. In each session you’ll not just learn how to make two cocktails and a mocktail, but I’ll also tell you about the history of these drinks while teaching you underlying principals of cocktail and mocktail making so you can experiment more on your own with tools and ingredients you already have in your own kitchen. Expect to leave this event with more confidence and knowledge about what cocktails you like, how to make them at home as well as what to order when you’re out.

In the featured session we make a gimlet, a whisky sour and a lemon fizz which gives us delicious drinks as well as a great introduction to key elements of cocktail making that open the doors to many other drinks.

I’m also always happy to build custom sessions for you based on the cocktails and techniques that you’re most interested in learning. This could include diving into any classic cocktail or going deep into rum, mezcal and tequila or other spirits, bitters, infusions, egg drinks, simple syrups, rims and garnishes, or many other aspects of drink making. My availability changes so get in touch if you want to schedule and we’ll find a time that works.

I don’t provide kits because I like to teach people how to think about making cocktails from scratch rather than just assembling ingredients. On booking, I’ll provide you with a list of simple but delicious ingredients to have on hand or distribute to your group.

My Background

On the way to becoming a professional cartoonist for the New Yorker, the Red Cross, Wired, the World Bank and other magazines and organizations, I spent years paying my bills bartending in New York City. It's a skill that keeps on giving.

I'm fascinated by the history of these drinks and I love being able to whip up a quick cocktail for a cozy night in, or make a variation on a classic as a birthday gift, or peek in my liquor cabinet to see what I can throw together for a round of drinks when friends are over. Like cooking, it's a skill that brings delight to daily life and knowing how to do it yourself makes it affordable and always accessible.

I think creativity is an important part of life whether it's cocktails, cartoons, or anything else so I'm always happy to talk in class about my experiences cartooning and hear about your creative outlets. Cartooning is solitary work, which is another reason I love to teach. I've taught bartending, art and ideation techniques to a variety of groups including tech companies, financial firms, outdoor brands and pediatricians.

What Team Members Should Bring

Internet Connection
Computer, Phone or Tablet
Cocktail Ingredients - I will provide a list of simple tools and ingredients upon booking.

The Setup For the Virtual Session

These sessions take place in a kitchen. You want to be set up to watch in a space where it's ok to spill.

Seshie Values

Diversity and Inclusion

Team Building and Camaraderie

Communication and Trust

Kindness and Empathy

Learning Something New

Cancellation Policy

As a customer if you cancel 48 hours after you have booked a session with a guide you will get a 50% refund. If you cancel before the 48 hours you receive your full refund. Customers also receive full refunds whenever a guide cancels

How to Experience Seshie

Please make sure you and your team members have Zoom downloaded. After you book a seshie in the confirmation email you will receive details providing the Zoom link and password information.