For a cocktailing lady such as myself, no other events in the imbiber's annual calendar are as highly anticipated as Tales of the Cocktail - the debaucherous week dedicated to all things boozy, hosted in the original city of sin, New Orleans. Tales offers something for everyone: seminars, tasting rooms, lunches, extravagant dinners, and legendary parties. One of the most talked about parties is always the Pernod Ricard Welcome Party, an event never to be missed.
Traditionally, the welcome party is dedicated to Absolut Vodka, but this year the party featured the entire Pernod Ricard portfolio, giving opportunities for imbibers to sample cocktails ranging from Sazeracs to Frozen Negronis. This year's welcome party had another noticeable change - a move away from batched cocktails (other than the frozen daiquiris) and towards cocktails hand-prepared by notable bartenders from all over the world.
|Adrienne Stillman of Dipsology and her Suicide Daiquiri|
|Ramos Gin Fizz Assembly Line|
|One Well Shaken Ramos Gin Fizz!|
|Altos Tequila - El Pirata de Natchez|
|Lynnette Marrero & Lot 40|
|Lot 40 Sazerac|
|Mardi Gras Absolut Bottles|
Another of my favorite cocktails from the evening was the Martell Cognac Crusta prepared by Chris McMillian and Dave Wondrich. A beautiful hand-crafted cocktail complete with that addictive sugar rim.
|Martell Cognac Crusta|
Perhaps the highlight of the night (other than catching up with friends and drinking delicious cocktails) was the performance by the Rebirth Brass Band in the Jameson Room. Sadly, I didn't get any notable photos, so i leave you with this, my favorite Rebirth Brass Band song - Casanova.
The night rolled on into the darkness (and so did I), on to enjoy many other cocktails and share laughter with friends. I did make it to bed (eventually) and what an amazing bed it was. Behold:
Now the waiting begins - the countdown to TOTC 2016 and next year's Welcome Party! I'm craving a Frozen Daiquiri already!
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