Drink it in! That's the theme for this year's Tales of the Cocktails event. Cocktails, spirits, liquors and aperitifs are the headliners of this mixology festival focusing on the knowledge and traditions of the cocktail, bartending and anything involving a drink.
The five-day event, held July
16–20, 2014, will feature a series of seminars, bartender
competitions, "spirited" luncheons and dinners, free events and
invitation-only events. Tasting rooms will have popular and up-and-coming
liquor brands giving out samples of their latest concoctions while liquor specialists will be speaking on panels and hosting the event's seminars.
Don't miss the award ceremony for the sixteen different "Spirited Awards" representing the best in categories like "Best American Cocktail Bar," "World's Best Cocktail Menu" and "American Bartender of the Year."
July 16-20, 2014
Here is a rundown of events worth sipping on. Or view the complete event calendar.
Spirited Dinner® Series
On Thursday night, pick from more than 30 local New Orleans restaurants (throughout the French Quarter) that will be participating in the themed dinners. Explore what happens behind the bar at La Petite Grocery for the Secret Life of Bartenders: A Story Filled Spirited Dinner. Or delve into the The 7 Deadly Sins of Cocktails at Windsor Court Hotel. View the full list of Spirited Dinners.
Entrance to the tasting rooms (enticing and packed with libations) is included with all ticket levels. From dry vermouth to whiskey, cocktail lovers will find their favorite flavors while discovering something new. View the full list of tasting rooms.
Many of the seminars' speakers have passed on the knowledge and tradition of their liquid passions with their own books. So head to the Tales of the Cocktail's bookstore to snatch up some new reading material or swing by the Bitters Market to stock your bar with different flavors of bitters from around the world. View the full list of complimentary events.