Tales of the Cocktail Founder Ann Tuennerman. Photo by Elsa Hahne.

Liquor Lovers Rejoice, Tales of the Cocktail Is Back

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

Prohibition Tea

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

Irish Goodbye


For a complete schedule of events, see the festival’s website here.

Cheers, New Orleans!