A fun event trend at Tales of the Cocktail: Big Drinks.
This year there were:
- The World's Largest Kopstootje Toast (genever slurp) info here. Over 400 people took part.
- The World's Freshest Ramos Gin Fizz "by using fresh laid eggs, cream churned from a cow milked on-site and lemons picked from the tree, the Hendrick's Team succeeded in creating the ultimate definition of a fresh cocktail."
- The World's Largest Negroni. "On Thursday, July 21, close to 400 cocktail enthusiasts gathered to witness and taste the “World’s Largest Negroni,” a massive 30-gallon cocktail made of equal parts Campari, Italy’s legendary red spirit, Beefeater 24 Gin and Martini Rosso Vermouth. The festive libation was made on site to celebrate the “Year of the Negroni” and was presented in a handcrafted ice vessel. The high-spirited event, a highlight of the Tales of the Cocktail festival, was orchestrated by Master Mixologist Francesco Lafranconi and held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter. In addition, noted Italian bartenders from around the globe flew in to make their own highly distinctive Negroni variations at the event using fresh juices, rare Italian liqueurs and Prosecco sparkling wine. In homage to the Negroni cocktail’s creator, Count Camillo Negroni, the bartenders dressed up to resemble him and donned aristocratic handlebar moustaches. "