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Cocktail Culture

Drinking With The Pros: Tales Of The Cocktail In New Orleans

Get a preview of what cocktail enthusiasts can enjoy and discover from master mixologists at the New Orleans cocktail festival, Tales of the Cocktail!

One of the best festivals of the summer is almost upon us here in New Orleans. Tales of the Cocktail is a world-renowned festival of spirits and it couldn’t be held in a more appropriate location. If you live in New Orleans, or you’ve ever been here, it feels like we invented cocktails, and… it’s basically true. Mixology and the history of cocktails can actually be traced back here to New Orleans, when the first carouser slurred “coquetiers” into “cocktail” while drinking a Sazerac.

Tales of the Cocktail is a rich, full five days of over 200 “spirited events” to honor and explore everything to do with cocktails. Some of the top Tales of the Cocktail events include Spirited Lunches and Dinners of several courses paired with some of the most unique and perfectly crafted cocktails at nearly 30 of the best New Orleans restaurants, as well as tastings upon tastings of both cocktails and artisan liquors and chances to meet the craft distillers and master mixologists themselves. There are experts in the field from all over the world that will be attending, participating, and even teaching the many cocktail seminars exploring current trends, techniques, and history of cocktails.

Throughout the festival, mixing competitions will be held with the top mixologists showcasing their craft cocktail skill and acumen, culminating with a “Spirited Awards Ceremony” honoring the best of the festival. The beauty of this festival is that it not only serves as a networking and learning experience for the experts in the world of the cocktail to show their stuff and learn from each other, but it also provides hundreds of unique, top-notch tasting opportunities and cocktail education for enthusiasts that you just can not get anywhere else in the world.

Indulge your palate with the best of the best at Tales of the Cocktail, July 17 – 21.

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