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June 24, 2008

Tales of the Cocktail 2008

Cocktail party
The day Prohibition died.
AP Photo

by Julia Bainbridge

Tales of the Cocktail is creeping up, and tickets are still available for the New Orleans food and drink (or, rather, drink and food) festival. This year's events include a "Save the Daiquiri" party, a panel on great bars of the world, and a bar chef challenge presented by Food & Wine, among others running from July 16-20.

Something new at Tales this year is what founder Ann Rogers is calling The World's Largest Collaborative Cocktail Blog. Bloggers--among them the Cocktail Chronicles, Kaiser Penguin, Art of Drink, and Jeffrey Morgenthaler--will be on hand (by invitation only) to cover the many spirited events taking place over those four July days and nights. The Daily Traveler's own guest blogger Lauren Clark of is sure to be there. They've already been sneaking previews since April, both on their own blogs as well as on a special Tales of the Cocktail group blog.

Note: The live coverage will include the first-ever live session of Mixology Monday.

What's more, the Museum of the American Cocktail will reopen its doors in a spot just in time for Tales. The expanded exhibit, designed by curator Ted "Dr. Cocktail" Haigh, features two hundred years of cocktail history--vintage cocktail shakers, Prohibition-era literature, music, bar tools, and other cocktail memorabilia.

Further reading:
* We mentioned Dr. Cocktail, but there's a Mr. Cocktail in town (Beantown, that is)
* Imbibe magazine's blog--another one to check out--reports on Croatia's drink culture


I went to Tales last year, and I can't say enough about how cool it is. Any excuse to enjoy a Sazerac before noon!

Are you going this year? Take me with you!

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