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A boozy brunch on Dec. 19 will offer crafty holiday shoppers a chance to eat, drink, and create two sets of drink coasters to give to their fellow drinkers. The “Waffles, Whiskey, and Workshop” event at the New York Distilling Company will provide all the ingredients in its name, along with a sense of accomplishment, says the event’s organizer.

“The goals of the workshops are to learn how to make something new and to use your hands,” said Miraya Berke.

The brunch party will take place inside the Shanty, the distillery’s own bar, and will kick off with a complimentary cocktail made with whiskey distilled on-site. There will also be a brief tour of the distillery, plenty of waffles, and a cash bar for brunch favorites like mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Berke added that children are welcome, “just no whiskey for them of course!”

Though combining crafting and liquor may seem unwise, Berke assures that coaster-making is not particularly difficult, and the materials are safe to work with.

“We’ll be making coasters out of corkboard and rope,” she said. “I thought coasters would be a fun project since it’s tied to drinking whiskey, plus we’ll be making two sets, one for you and one to give as a holiday gift.”

All coaster materials will be provided on site, along with templates, hands-on instruction, and materials to turn the coaster sets into a classy gift.

“We’ll also have a station with wrapping paper and card making to cross one gift off everyone’s list,” Berke said.

She hopes that the event will bring people together in the spirit of the holidays.

“I always feel that people connect better at events when there is an activity, so the workshop is a catalyst to meet new people,” she said. “Even if you don’t make a new friend from the event, you’ll leave feeling accomplished with something you made.”

Waffles, Whiskey and Workshop at New York Distilling Company [405 Leonard St. in Williamsburg, whiskeywafflesworkshops.com]. whiskeywafflesworkshops.com]. Dec. 19, at 11 am–2 pm. $27.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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