Dropping knowledge with a cocktail

Text Gordy Grundy

I wish The Modern Honolulu had managed my high school. At Newport Harbor High, study hall was a drag. At The Modern's self-proclaimed Study Hall, one can sit back, have a cocktail and be educated and entertained amongst a bevy of Honolulu's finest. It's a monthly arts and culture confab and lecture series hosted by the charming Passion Jennison. Founded by Jennison and Brian Berusch of Hawaii Polo Life magazine, The Study Hall crowd is peopled with filmmakers, rap stars, moguls and artists.

September 2014's session was a tribute to one of the world's most recognized cocktail mixologists, Tony Abou-Ganim. He frequently visits Honolulu, this time in honor of the 4th Annual Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival.

"Today, we have passionate bartenders, craft distillers and wise customers," says Abou-Ganim. "The art of the cocktail is sexy, gracious and romantic. We are living in the second coming of the golden age of cocktails."

As he talked, guests sampled some of Abou-Ganim's favorite cocktails as he explained their history and virtues. School has never been so much fun!


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