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Friday, July 17 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mint: Keeping Cocktails Fresh Since 1492

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Through banks of green moss, midst flowers and gently trickling streams, nestles the ideal place to pick tender shoots of mint…

Mint can actually be grown in most places on earth providing a common, year-round flavor that keeps drinks bright and fresh in an illuminatingly pleasant, offensive to no one, perfectly unisex way.

Mint is nothing new. Mint is found in almost every bar on the planet and in many cocktail recipes: the old and new; the robust and refined; the classic and the tiki.

But where is mint from? What was it used for before the Julep came along and what, really, is the best way to store it?

Charlotte Voisey, mixologist, spirits educator and host of The Proper Pour along with Peter Vestinos, The BarMedic, President of the USBG Chicago Chapter, and Beverage Director of The Betty, present a seminar riddled with refreshment.

Discover the route mint has taken from its mythological make up to its place as herb king of the cocktail.
Find out which of your favorite Amari, Vermouths and Liqueurs use mint as an ingredient
Taste what happens when an Old Fashioned blooms to life as a Mint Julep, enjoy the famous heir to the rarely referenced Rum Rickey and be convinced that even creamy drinks taste good when made with mint!
Learn how to grow your own mint or how to maximize the mint on your doorstep.
And see, touch and smell different varieties of mint presented in the context of cocktail applications.

Rarely does a cocktail not benefit from a copious amount of mint, spanked, bunched tight and thrust down into the ice soaring tall and plenty with intoxicatingly good aroma.
Come celebrate the lord of the leaves!

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Charlotte Voisey

Director of Advocacy, William Grant & Sons
Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard recognition, regular TV appearances including a trip to London to cover the Royal Wedding with CBS News make for exciting times for British born mixologist Charlotte Voisey.A... Read More →

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Peter Vestinos

Owner / Beverage Director, The BarMedic / The Betty
Peter Vestinos currently serves at the President of the Chicago USBG and Beverage Manger at The Betty in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. With over 14 years of experience in the bar and restaurant industry, Vestinos has worked at all levels of the business including behind the... Read More →

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William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons

Friday July 17, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Grand Ballroom North at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130