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April 28, 4:00 P.M. Class: At-Home Mixology Techniques with D.C.’s Ground-Breaking Silver Lyan Cocktail Bar

April 28, 2024 04:00 PM

Learn to Make Cocktails from the Head Bartender of Silver Lyan, Winner of the Tales of the Cocktail Award for Best U.S. Hotel Bar   

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Known for unusual ingredients and ground-breaking techniques, the award-winning Silver Lyan cocktail bar in Washington, D.C. is renowned for its narrative-driven approach to mixology. Cocktails such as the Air Bee n Bee, made with hay-smoked bee larvae, are inspired by the story of their ingredients. While these drinks may seem intimidating to most home bartenders, Vlad Novikov, head of bars and general manager of Silver Lyan, is now sharing his secrets and demystifying some of the bar’s most elusive techniques. Guests will be taken through the R&D process from the initial story research to the final drink, along the way touching on prep technique, service, and Silver Lyan’s unique approach to hospitality. Attendees will have the chance to make (and drink) several cocktails from the bar’s current menu and, armed with a bevy of new skills, leave the class ready to recreate Silver Lyan’s inimitable drinks in the comfort of their home.  


General Admission: $75

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Air Bee n Bee> Patrón Blanco, Almond Blossom, Hay-Smoked Bee Larvae, Mango Vinegar, and Mosel Riesling 

Nimbus Spritz> Bacardí Carta Blanca, Carrot Mead, Mushroom Caramel, Spruce, White Lyan Water, and Clay “Champagne” 

DIY Collins> A Selection of Acids, Sugars, Alcohols, and Soda 

Silver Lyan Chex Mix> Chex, Seaweed, and Smoked Tea 

About Vladislav Novikov:
Vladislav Novikov is the head of bars for Riggs Washington DC and the general manager of the hotel's award-winning cocktail bar, Silver Lyan. Novikov spent several years bartending and developing cocktail programs in Chicago, before working internationally with The Peninsula Hotels, and then for Mandarin Oriental in D.C. An Illinois native, he graduated from Augustana College, studying chemistry and the Classics, and has now been with the Lyan Company for nearly three years. Novikov lives in D.C. with his husband and drinks vermouth and soda on his nights off. 

About Silver Lyan:
Nestled in the lower level of Riggs Washington DC, in the bank building’s former vault—is the first bar outside of Europe from Mr. Lyan . Travelling the world, he sources the weird and wonderful, using bespoke techniques and experimenting with ingredients to develop new ways to capture flavor. Mr. Lyan and his highly-accoladed team use unique ways of looking at the world to create drinks that you probably won’t find anywhere else. Silver Lyan draws its inspiration from D.C.’s incredible depth of culture, food, drink, people and history to offer a bar that celebrates the notion of exchange—as well as a damn good time. 



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