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Thursday, July 16 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
In Praise of the Vodka Martini

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The Vodka Martini remains one of the world’s most popular cocktails, but in the current ‘cocktail renaissance’ it sometimes can seem that its acolytes must profess their affection in hushed tones, lest they risk the opprobrium of the ‘Cocktail Taliban’. But the Vodka Martini, or the Kangaroo Kicker, to give it the proper name, is a drink with a long and noble history. It’s roots go back nearly a century, and its Golden Age, from the 1950s to the present day, is arguably longer than that of any of the various Gin Martini variations. Join vodka lovers Jacob Briars and Joe McCanta, together with historian and Martini lover Anistatia Miller, and Dale ‘King Cocktail’ DeGroff to learn about the long evolution of the Vodka Martini, its explosive popularity as a drink that typified the sleek, Modern age of the 1950s and 60s, We’ll show you how the world’s finest bartenders are re-imagining the Vodka Martini for today’s drinker, and why there may be no more perfect cocktail to serve with food.

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Jacob Briars

Advocacy Director, Bacardi
Jacob Briars likes to describe himself as New Zealand’s 7th most famous bartender, but usually that just gets people asking where New Zealand is and who the other 6 bartenders are. For the past few years he has travelled the world as a much-loved spirits educator for some of the... Read More →

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Dale DeGroff

Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff, aka King Cocktail,developed his extraordinary techniques and talent tending bar at great establishments, most notably New York's famous Rainbow Room, where in the '80's, he pioneered a gourmet approach to recreating the great classic cocktails... Read More →
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Joe McCanta

Global Ambassador, Grey Goose Vodka
Joe McCanta is an expert on taste. And now, as Global Ambassador for GREY GOOSE vodka, he brings together a passion for great cocktails made from freshest ingredients and the creative skill of a master mixologist. A gifted jazz musician, Joe was raised in southern California before... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Grand Ballroom South at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130