Toasted at Tales

Recovered yet?  Not a chance.  That will take days, perhaps ’til next year’s Tales of the Cocktail (which has already been set, by the way, for July 8th) 

Bigger and better than ever is an understatement.  I heard mixed numbers:  some claimed 5,000 people, others, the more reasonable ones, said around 2,000.  I’d have to go with the latter, although at times, in the small, 19th century bars that lined the French Quarter that hosted some of the Tales events, with the heat topping out at 100 degrees (indoors even, at times), it sure as hell felt like 5,000 people.  Nevertheless, the event was superb, and the chance to mix and mingle with my peers and mentors left me in the clouds the entire time.  Or was it the Vieux Carre cocktails I sucked back at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar?  Who knows…

My seminar with the legendary Brian Rea occurred early on, Wednesday, the first day of the festival.  I spoke about researching drink recipes, he on collection old cocktail books.  Thanks Jack, Brian, Jeff, and Greg for speaking on my panel.  Greg has made these great repros of old cocktail books that he premiered at Tales.  He sells them here.

Photos of the entire escapade, you ask.  Yeah, well, my camera didn’t have a chance to peek itself out of my bag this entire trip.  I’m hoping to get some photos from other folks to post, so you’ll just have to stay tuned.

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