The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Saturday, July 18 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
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Craft cocktails take time… but do they have to? From the four-hour Michelin meal to the 15-minute handcrafted cocktail, today’s food and cocktail culture has changed. For today’s consumer, quantity of time means quality of product. But there’s not always time for that.

Many kinds of establishments and special events demand top-of-the-line quality drinks in very little time — delicious cocktails made fast and at high volume. But how? In this seminar, our expert panelists share stories and advice from their years in the fast-craft trade.

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the benefits of draft cocktails and how to serve 10 to 10,000 customers a consistent, fresh, visually appealing drink. They will take away the do’s and don’ts of pre-batched cocktails and the trials and tribulations of creating ready to drink, all natural, bottled cocktails for the home consumer. They will also learn how it is possible to do-away with all perishables, including citrus and ice, deliver a round of Manhattans in 25 seconds and be awarded World’s Best International Cocktail Bar. This is a seminar not be missed!

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Elayne Duff

Luxury Brand Ambassador, MKTG / Diageo
Despite a jet-set lifestyle that can have her styling cocktails in Hawaii one day, and filming for national TV the next, Diageo USA's luxury brand mixologist Elayne Duff's first love is talking craft cocktails with bartenders, bar managers and owners. After graduating from St... Read More →

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Ryan Chetiyawardana

Mr Lyan!, Mr Lyan
Ryan (A.K.A Mr Lyan) has been involved in several of the UK’s best bars for over a decade. He helped take the last four of these including Bramble, 69 Colebrooke Row and The Whistling Shop onto national titles and all featured in the Top 40 World’s Best Bars for Drinks International... Read More →
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Charles Joly

Founder, Crafthouse Cocktails
Chicago native Charles Joly is an award-winning, lifelong food and beverage professional. In 2012 Joly took on the roll of Beverage Director at the Aviary in Chicago. Partnered with Chef Achatz this venture was granted the 2013 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Formerly... Read More →
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Shane McKnight

National Craft Beverage Director, Best Beverage Catering
Shane McKnight has been a craft beverage professional in San Francisco since 1997. He is the National Craft Beverage Director for Best Beverage Catering and the founder of Top Hat Provisions & Top Hat Ginger Beer. Shane McKnight has had many opportunities in craft cocktail program... Read More →
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Ben Scorah

Founder, Road Soda Bar
Ben Scorah Chief Development Strategist Ben’s two decades in hospitality encompasses fine dining, nightclubs and bar projects in London, Prague, Miami and New York. Having managed at many NYC landmark restaurants including the The Lion and Bill’s Food and Drink as well as... Read More →


Saturday July 18, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Queen Anne Ballroom at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130