Like dozens and dozens of other drinks and cocktails writers, representatives and aficionados, I am today regrouping and rehabilitating after the extraordinary 6th annual edition of Tales of the Cocktail. I meant to blog more from the actual event, but hey, when the bar is open morning, noon and night and there always seems to be someone nearby pulling your arm over for a drink, it’s hard to find quality computer time.
So, some post-event analysis:
- As noted in my one and only post from New Orleans, Tales is fast growing beyond its current confines. If founder and head cocktailian Ann Rogers wants to keep this thing going, she’s going to have to address some expansion issues sooner rather than later.
- Having presented my first seminar at Tales, I must express my admiration for the support crew who make everything happen with almost military-like precision. Thank to you all!
- My favorite event, bar none, was the Cocktail Cinema, presented by my friend and fellow Torontonian, Christine Sismondo, which featured a great old flick – “Auntie Mame” – unlimited popcorn and similarly endless cocktails. Can there exist a better way to watch a movie?
- Close runner-up: The irreverently fun “Essential Guide to American Whiskey” hosted by Gary Regan and the irrepressible LeNell Smothers. Don’t ever change, LeNell!
- Moving the Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night was a good move. I just wish I had managed to make them...
- And finally, my sincere apologies to Martin Miller’s Gin, a very fine libation that worked perfectly in my “Green Devil” beer cocktail, but which I seem to continually misidentify as Mark Miller’s Gin.