This annual event is a great excuse to visit New Orleans (like you need one). ~TALES OF THE COCKTAIL~, a culinary and cocktail festival features award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers in the New Orleans French Quarter at five days of cocktail events such as dinner-pairings, cocktail demos and tastings, seminars, mixing competitions, design expos, book-signings, and more.
Last year I attended presentations on ice (learn how ice "laughs" at you as it moves on the top level of your drink), the history of the cocktail, I took a walking cocktail tour through the Quarter and the Napoleon House, a seminar on drinks and dishes born in NOLA, the history of the mint julepâ¦ great stuff. You get to meet a bunch of folks in the industry, from all over, and the parties and dinners are a good time.
The event is hosted at the Hotel Monteleone, one of only three literary hotels in the US (the Algonquin and the Carlyle are the others); you can get a room for only $99 a night during the event.
Tickets go on sale April 1.
Tales of the Cocktail
July 16–20, 2008
New Orleans, LA