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Friday, July 17 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Perfect Frozen Drinks: Science & Practice

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Once the sole province of the most technologically advanced mixologists on the planet, decades of abuse by chain-bars making soulless drinks killed the blender's appeal to modern cocktailians. Slushie machines never even got a look in.

But then tiki bars made a comeback as respectable temples of mixology. And then slushie machines began becoming fixtures at trend-setting bars like The Artesian (London), Mother's Ruin (New York) and the Erin Rose (New Orleans). With all this, plus brand-new research from mixological mad scientist Dave Arnold's ground-breaking book “Liquid Intelligence”, it's time to, ahem, let it goooooooooooo!

Together with award-winning presenter, spirits educator (and ex-blender slave at TGI Fridays) Philip Duff, Dave will explain and demonstrate when to blend and when to slush, how you can make slushies without having to buy a slushie machine, the mathematics of frozen drinks, pitfalls to avoid when embarking on a frozen drinks program, the importance of sugar (and salt, come to that), how to translate a stirred recipe into a frozen one, and why your blender is a heater as well as a cooler, all featuring original research underwritten by Pallini, creators of the world's best-selling premium limoncello.

There can't be a city in the world with more frozen-drinks machines per square foot than New Orleans, so come on down to a room full of more different blenders and slushie machines than you can shake a stick at for stories of pull capacity, Chocolate Monkeys, and sugar-to-acid ratios.
(Oh - and the best frozen drinks you've ever had!)

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Dave Arnold

Dave Arnold grew up in the New York area and graduated from Yale University with a degree in philosophy. He began tinkering with restaurant equipment after earning his MFA from Columbia University’s art school. Initially he customized equipment for use in his art projects, but after... Read More →

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Philip Duff

Director, Old Duff Genever
Director of Education for Tales of the Cocktail, bar & beverage consultant, founder of door 74 (Amsterdam), in-demand spirits educator, but I never talk about my work at the orphan dolphin sanctuary, do you hear? Never.

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Elmeco srl was created in 1961 thanks to the insight of its founder, the inventor of the first slush machine. Over the years, major investments in its organizational and IT systems have transformed Elmeco from a small business into an industrial company; the latest development is... Read More →
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Pallini S.p.A.

Pallini Limoncello is a brand of traditional Italian lemon-flavored liqueur known as limoncello. It is produced in Italy by Pallini S.p.A. a family-owned and operated beverage company based in Rome, Italy. It is 26% alcohol by volume, 52 proof. The limoncello was introduced in 1999... Read More →

Friday July 17, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Queen Anne Ballroom at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130