New Orleans is a city known for libations and good times in ample supply. I guess that’s why it is the locale for the world’s premier cocktail festival – Tails of the Cocktail, a five-day event, from July 17-21.
This is the 11th annual Tails of the Cocktail, where renowned mixologists, distillers, restauranteurs and cocktail enthusiasts gather together to sample new mixes, award prizes, discuss business and preview up-and-coming liquor brands.
Join us for five days of drinks, delicious food and culture in one of America’s best cities! Events at Tails of the Cocktail include:
- Mixing competitions
- “spirited” luncheons and dinners
- complementary events
- invite-only private events
- liquor tasting
Make sure to reserve a seat for the “Spirited Awards,” where judges will recognize winners in sixteen different categories:
- American Bartender of the Year
- Best American Brand Ambassador
Sidney Frank Importing Company’s Corporate Mixologist, Todd Richman, is a nominee for Best American Brand Ambassador.
- Beast American Cocktail Bar
- Best Bar Mentor
- Best Cocktail Writing – Author
- Best Cocktail Writing – Publication
- Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
- Best International Brand Ambassador
- Best New Book
- Best New Product
- Best Restaurant Bar
- International Bartender of the Year
- World’s Best Cocktail Bar
- World’s Best Cocktail Menu
- World’s Best Drink Selection
- World’s Best Hotel Bar
- World’s Best New Cocktail Bar
You can see the top four nominees for each of these categories on the Tails of the Cocktail website.
Most of the events will be held in the French Quarter but there will be events at other venues as well. Locally, New Orleans will be represented by Old New Orleans Rum by its founder and CEO, artist James Michalopoulos. He will host a rum tasting at his French Quarter studio on Thursday, July 18 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. For more of Tails of the Cocktails (TOC) tasting events with topics, times and venues, check the listings on the TOC website.
New Orleans Lodging
If you think Tails of the Cocktail is an event you would like to attend, you probably aren’t the kind of person who is satisfied with a “generic” experience. Enjoy unique and personalized lodging by staying at a New Orleans bed and Breakfast!