My friend Brandon Wise at Irving Street Kitchen is hosting a series of hands-on booze and brunch events in collaboration with local bartenders. On January 8 Dave Shenaut comes in for some hangover-curing cocktails, on January 22 Neil Kopplin whips up drinks with local ingredients, and to kick things off this Saturday I’m joining Brandon to talk holiday classics. We’re featuring Bols Genever, Damrak Gin, and Galliano in a welcoming wassail, a New Orleans Fizz, and a rich hot cocoa. $40 covers all the drinks and brunch from chef Sarah Schafer. Details for making reservations are in the press release.