School of Gracious Living – Let’s Meet for Cocktails

Let’s have cocktails!  I am excited to partner with Sledge Distillery for a fun cocktail class.

Sledge Distillery is a local family-owned business in Tolar, Texas.  Mark’s father, John Walter (Dub) Sledge, grew up in Hood County on Fall Creek. He was the second oldest boy in a family of eleven. When the uncles got together on the creek, Dub would help make moonshine.

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Dub and his uncle were drafted and he was sent to Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific. It wasn’t long before Dub put his learnin’ to good use. He accumulated materials to make a still and used mess hall scraps and fresh fruit to concoct high demand shine allowing him to sell or trade for anything they needed.

When Dub returned from war, he married Kathryn Massey who didn’t put up with drinking, dancing, or smoking. She agreed to marry him but his ways had to change and making moonshine would be at the top of the list!  He agreed, they married and raised three children who didn’t know him as a moonshiner although the stories lingered. When Dub passed away, his son, Mark, found his WWII recipes in his war chest, bought a still, and set out to recreate the family legacy which you experience now through our products.

We will start our happy hour learning to craft a Texas Sunset cocktail using Sledge’s famous whiskey, and hear how they craft and create their recipes. While we are sipping cocktails, I will teach you how to make Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts perfect for happy hours and gift-giving. Invite your favorite friend to join you!

If you’d like to be a part of the fun, please visit my store here and register. Space is limited and the registration deadline is July 21.  Don’t like whiskey? You can substitute the cocktail with vodka.  And, if you’d rather sip a mocktail, have a fun evening, and make my mixed-nuts recipe, then you can sign up, too. We’d love to have you.

Let’s gather, learn, and create!