It's that time of year again... Manhattan Cocktail Classic
|Phil Ward, Mayahuel, on Margaritas, tequila and tacos|
The first Manhattan Cocktail Classic took place in 2009, but I haven't been able to attend until last year's festival, which also saw the first Industry Invitational with tastings, seminars and other on-trade stuff over at Andaz 5th Avenue. There was so much to see and do - I desperately wanted to clone myself - but some of the best events I managed to attend were:
Not just your mama's Margarita anymore
Mayahuel's Philip Ward explained and showcased just how far beyond the Margarita the cocktail world has come by showcasing a slew of tequila, mezcal and Cointreau cocktails including a taco and cocktail pairing.
|Authors on how to publish your own cocktail book|
Is there a book idea on your cocktail menu?
In addition to conventional publishing, new paths are available for the bartender (or cocktail enthusiast) with something to say. Very interesting seminar with Jim Meehan, Brad Thomas Parsons, Maks Pazuniak & Kirk Estopinal, Kara Newman and Lori Narlock.
The rise of spicy cocktails
The perception of heat and alcohol's impact on "spice", and the very best examples of spicy cocktails from craft bars across the country, presented by Jason Mendenhall of The Wayland and Tanteo Tequila.
|Richard Boccato and Abraham Griffith Hawkins, Dutch Kills|
A presentation of the cocktail program and in-house block ice production facility at Dutch Kills together with a tasting of Hendrick's Gin.
|Tiki drinks at PKNY|
Frozen pineapples and Zombie mugs at PKNY in honor of the enduring legacies of Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt aka "Don The Beachcomber", Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron, and Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins.
Anyway, since I had such a good time last year I'm really looking forward to May 17-21, and officially the complete program and tickets for the public events will be announced tomorrow. However, if you can't wait there's a "secret" pre-sale starting today for all subscribers of their newsletter. Just sayin'...