Tales of the Cocktail announces 2015 seminars


If you’re tossing up whether or not to make the trip across the Pacific to attend Tales of the Cocktail this year, you may want to check out the seminars that they’ve just announced.

Tales of the Cocktail is the annual event staged over five days, that is dedicated to the craft of the cocktail and held in New Orleans. The Tales organisers have just announced the eighty seminars they’ll be holding over the five days.

The seminars are selected by a committee of 42 judges from throughout the world, and the panel is headed up by Philip Duff, the director of education at Tales of the Cocktail.

“Together with an expanded range of exclusive tastings and the return of the acclaimed #SED Talks, the Tales 2015 seminars represent the greatest concentration of knowledge in our industry, anywhere in the world,” said Duff. “We can’t wait to see everyone in New Orleans in July!”


For more info on the seminars and how they’re selected — or for Tales info more broadly — click here, and check out the list of seminars below. And keep in mind this only part of what’s on offer at Tales this year — there’s tastings and more to be announced.

Traditional Seminars (Beverage Management, History, Cocktail & Spirits & Fun):

Grape Escape: Peru’s Pisco Varietals with Tony Abou-Ganim

Maryland Rye: Its History and Future with Douglas Atwell

In Praise of the Vodka Martini with Jacob Briars

The International Barfly’s Bucket List with Jacob Briars

For Peat’s Sake! (a study of smoke) with Dave Broom

You Don’t Know Schmidt with Jared Brown

Making Vermouth for Home and Bar with Jared Brown

The Greatest Whiskey Category is… with Derek Brown

Jamaica’s influence on Cocktail Culture with Ian Burrell

The Flavor Complex with Benjamin Carlotto

Improved Sustainability in your bar with Ryan Chetiyawardana

The Long Haul: Bars Built to Last with Paul Clarke

Tapping Rum’s Past for Rum’s Future with Paul Clarke

Artisan? To Be or Not To Be with Dale DeGroff

Manhattans and the Origins of Bitters with Dale DeGroff

To Batch or Not to Batch with Elayne Duff

Which School Will You Choose? with Elayne Duff

Perfect Frozen Drinks: Science & Practice with Philip Duff

#SEDTalks: Tales Talks In Just 15 Mins! with Philip Duff

Prehistoric Cocktail Technology Demo with Camper English

The Essential Global Guide to Liqueurs with Camper English

Strong Cocktails, Stronger Opinions with Rachel Ford

Breaking Into the US Liquor Market with Audrey Fort

From Milano to Torino and Beyond with Giuseppe Gallo

Brands: What’s the right deal to take? with Daniel Gasper

Cheers to the Chief with Philip Greene

Irish Pubs: How they took over the World with Tim Herlihy

The Cost of a Cocktail with Bobby Heugel

Around Brazil in 40.000 alembics with Felipe Jannuzzi

Nomadic Barkeep:Travel-learn-use-repeat! with Zdenek Kastanek

Three Phases of Hospitality with Sean Kenyon

On Creating Cocktail Citrates and Elixirs with Ira Koplowitz

Bitter Is The New Sweet… Italian Way! with Francesco Lafranconi

Sustaining a Bartending Career with Naomi Levy

Around The World In 80 Staves with Jaymee Mandeville

Shakers & Movers guide to Advancement with Lynnette Marrero

The Hidden Flavors of Cognac with Ms. Franky Marshall

Talk With a Pro: An Awesome Threesome with Ms. Franky Marshall

All the Bar’s a Stage with Joe McCanta

Genie In a Bottle: How Spirits Age with Ian McLaren

Barley Matters: From U.S. to Europe with Fred Minnick

The Audacity of Sourced Whiskey with Fred Minnick

MMA: Multiple Malt Ambassadors Face off! with Ewan Morgan

Around the world in 30 gins! with Raj Nagra

Cocktails & Cohiba with Darcy O’Neil

Write Yourself Famous with Becky Paskin

How to Go Broke: Opening a Bar with Noah Rothbaum with Anthony Caporale

The Anatomy of Agave- Seductive Succulent with Ivan Saldana

Quinquina/Chinato: Bark to the Future with Eric Seed

Untold Stories of 3 Classic Cocktails with Robert Simonson

Anthropology of the Modern Bar with Claire Smith-Warner

Canadian Whisky: The Giant Reawakens with Shawn Soole

Sustainable Agave, Best Practices with Arik Torren

Mint: Keeping Cocktails Fresh Since 1492 with Charlotte Voisey

Brandy with a Spanish Accent with Jason Wilson

Brains and Booze: The Neurology of Mixology with Pamela Wizntzer

A Bottle & A Cork: Bars of Old New York with David Wondrich

The Big One: Drinking World War II with David Wondrich

Teams & Apprenticing for Bars & Brands with Dushan Zaric and Jonathan Pogash


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