Botanical Mixers Workshop

  • May 10, 2024 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Caravan Wine Shop

    Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Ticket Price $65.00-$120.00 Join the waitlist

Botanical Mixers: Preserve the ephemeral flavors of spring with chef and herbalist Helena del Pesco

Hosted by Caravan Wine Shop

May 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

$65 per person, $120 for two people

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn:

  • Alcohol based tincture making
  • Glycerine based tincture making
  • How to make an infused simple syrup
  • How to make a fruit forward shrub

You will take home:

  • 4 oz jar of simple syrup
  • 4 oz jar of shrub
  • 1 oz bottle of alcohol or glycerine tincture

A well balanced mixed drink, whether it involves alcohol or is spirit-free, should delight the palate and tickle the senses. 

Many mass produced mixers are made with low quality ingredients that taste overly sweet and artificial. The good news is that high quality mixers are easy to make yourself! 

In this workshop we will work with spring’s hidden gems like chickweed, nettles, and cleavers as well as classics like strawberries and mint to create botanical mixers that can lift spirits, sooth jangled nerves or add to the mellowing effects of your drink of choice. A lovely gift for mother's day!

Helena del Pesco is an independent chef, artist, fermentation teacher, and herbalist. She honed her culinary skills working in restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and traveling to present art/dinner events at restaurants, museums and art galleries in Philadelphia, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Oaxaca, Paris, Tel Aviv, and Spain. Her own Baltimore restaurant, LARDER, showcased locally grown organic produce, cultivated a rooftop herb garden, and featured housemade ferments. Helena was born in Wausau, graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and received her MFA from UC Berkeley. She is currently a second year student in the clinical program at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. She also creates video courses at

Date & Time

Fri, May 10, 2024 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue Details

Caravan Wine Shop

Stevens Point, Wisconsin Caravan Wine Shop

LARDER AT HOME looks to fermentation and other pre-industrial food preservation techniques as a way to help home cooks eat local with the seasons year-round. In addition to live workshops like this one, chef Helena del Pesco offers self-paced online video courses at The Fermentation School.