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Making Bitters with Auchentoshan

Making Bitters with Auchentoshan

As the rain poured down on an otherwise lovely afternoon in the Big Easy, a small group of us dipped into the fascinating New Orleans Pharmacy Museum to learn more about bitters and single malt scotch. It was a fitting locale, what with the medicinal history of bitters and all.…read more →

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail 2016

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail 2016

Another Tales of the Cocktail is in the books, and with it, another productive week spent in New Orleans attending seminars, tasting spirits, meeting distillers and enjoying enough revelry to make us feel fortunate this only happens once per year. It was a good run, and now that our collective…read more →

All the Winners at the 2016 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

All the Winners at the 2016 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

The 10th Annual Spirited Awards capped off another great Tales of the Cocktail, as an impressive panel of industry experts crowned winners in categories spanning bars, bartenders, new products and cocktail writing. London and San Francisco put up particularly strong showings, taking the awards for World’s Best Cocktail Bar and…read more →

A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

One of our favorite activities at Tales of the Cocktail is attending a spirited dinner. Neither as festive as the brand-sponsored parties nor as hectic as the tasting rooms, a spirited dinner is typically a relaxed affair that allows you to really delve into the featured spirit. Of course, sometimes…read more →

Brands Go Big at Tales of the Cocktail

Brands Go Big at Tales of the Cocktail

Another Tales of the Cocktail is in the books, and with it: another bout of day drinking, spirited dinners, all-out fetes and just the right amount of regret. This year witnessed a slew of larger-than-life bashes put on by notable brands who 1) know how to throw a good party,…read more →

Angostura Bitters Cocktails at Tales of the Cocktail

Angostura Bitters Cocktails at Tales of the Cocktail

Going through our notes of good cocktails we sampled at Tales of the Cocktail led us to a couple we consumed at the Angostura Bitters U.S. Cocktail Challenge. After prior competitions whittled the contestants down to five bartenders, the finalists competed for a $5,000 prize and a trip to Trinidad for…read more →

The Bare Knuckle Bar Fight at Tales of the Cocktail

The Bare Knuckle Bar Fight at Tales of the Cocktail

One of the most anticipated events at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail was the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight, which pitted seven bars against in each other in a drinks slinging, no-holds-barred fight to the death. Sort of. It was really just a spirited affair, in which the competing bars…read more →

The Big Winners at Tales of the Cocktail

The Big Winners at Tales of the Cocktail

We’re in wrap-up mode following the 11th annual Tales of the Cocktail. And some of the biggest news from the festival happens each year at the Spirited Awards, in which trophies are presented in categories ranging from best bar and best drinks menu to best new product. This year’s event…read more →

Tales of the Cocktail: Bottled Carbonated Cocktails

Tales of the Cocktail: Bottled Carbonated Cocktails

Tales of the Cocktail just wrapped up, and we’re still recuperating from the haze of parties, seminars, tasting rooms and New Orleans in general. While nights consisted of events and some rather bacchanalian revelry, during the day we attended as many seminars as we could handle. These ranged from the…read more →

Tales of the Cocktail Preview Podcast

Tales of the Cocktail Preview Podcast

Tales of the Cocktail, that New Orleans-based festival celebrating all that’s good in the world of drinks, begins this Wednesday, July 17th. We’ll be on the front lines, attending seminars, attending parties and wandering around the Monteleone with Sazeracs in hand. To get ready for this year’s event, we compiled…read more →

2012 Tales of the Cocktail: News and Notes

2012 Tales of the Cocktail: News and Notes

The 10th annual Tales of the Cocktail wrapped up last week, and with it, five days of liquor-fueled product launches, announcements, events and other revelry. Below, we highlight some of our favorite moments from New Orleans. Tales of the Cocktail turns 10 It’s hard to believe. But the little convention…read more →