Tales of the Cocktail, one of the world’s most renowned “spiritual gatherings” for liquor lovers and those in the liquor business, returned to New Orleans yesterday to kick off five days of cocktail tastings, seminars, and other events geared at cocktail lovers and spirits industry workers.
The international festival was founded in 2002 by Ann Tuennerman as a small event and has grown immensely since, providing one of the principal locales for people in the industry to network and exchange ideas.
OffBeat has gotten into the spirit with “The New Orleans Wine Business Is Booming,” a feature by Elsa Hahne.
Produced by the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS), Tales of the Cocktail centers around the historic Hotel Monteleone but hosts events in and around the city.
Here are some highlighted upcoming events:
Wednesday, July 15
Anthropology of the Modern Bar Seminar
For Peat’s Sake! (A Study of Smoke)
Sustaining a Career in Bartending Seminar
Keynote Speaker: A Spirited Evening with Danny Meyer Dynamic Duo: Brennan’s Featuring
Official Monkey Shoulder Afterparty
Thursday, July 16
Breakfast and Bas-Armagnac with Chateau du Tariquet
Nomadic Barkeep: Travel-learn-repeat!!! Seminar
All The Bar’s A Stage
Coffee in the Afternoon presented by Orleans Coffee Exchange
The London Nº1 Gin Pool Party presented by Gonzalez Byass
Friday, July 17
Canadian Whisky: The Giant Reawakens
Montenegro’s Twisted ‘Tails presented by Amaro Montenegro
Inside New Orleans with Eric Asher
Diageo Backyard House Party
Icelandic Óvart Vending Machine presented by Reyka Vodka
Saturday, July 18
Good Morning Tales Bar presented by William Grant & Sons
Grape Escape: Peru’s Pisco Varietals
Storytelling: Letters to Young Bartender
Mesa Milagro: A Spirited Mexican Dinner Series
Sunday, July 19
Slow & Low Cocktail Apprentice Tattoos & Cocktails
Ms. Linda’s Ya-Ka-Mein Pick-Me-Up
MOPHO’s Magnificent Morning-After Mastication
NOLA Brewery Tour & Tasting
For a complete schedule of events, see the festival’s website here.
Cheers, New Orleans!