Tales of the Cocktail is celebrating its 10th year this July 25th. What is it? An excuse for a bunch of bartenders, industry professionals, and other entusiasts to get together in New Orleans and, well, get drunk. I joke, certainly it is much more than that, and has become the apex of cocktail conventions. If you simply say "Tales" most industry types will know exactly what you're talking about.
The vision: "to be instrumental in advancing the craft of the cocktail through education, networking and promotion." There can be no argument, it has succeeded. I know many, many great bartenders who are going, yet I am not and I have never been. So, what do I know?
Well, the key to life, if you ask me, is to surround oneself with people who have far more talent. So, I know enough to have the spirit queen Kirsten Amann of Fernet Boston and bartender goddess Sabrina Kershaw sending me reports from the front lines - or at least a re-cap later on.
As a send off, Sabrina (who you can find at Citzen in the Fenway) made me a classic cocktail invented during 1930s New Orleans and named after a town in Normady. It boasts refreshing citrus and apple with backbone of brandy- perfect on a hot day in NOLA.
For those heading down check out Imbibe's TOTC Survival Guide and remember Dean Martin's words of wisdom: "You're not drunk if you can lie on floor without holding on."
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