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Come See Camper Speak at Tales of the Cocktail

I'll be giving three talks at Tales of the Cocktail this year, and tickets are now on sale. The seminars are: Advanced Sherry: Secrets, Lies, and Solera Thursday July 18 12:30pm — 2:00pm La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone Sherry is a popular cocktail ingredient, but how much do you really know about it? In this seminar, we’ll go far beyond the basic types and tastes of sherry (though we’ll certainly cover them) and into the production parameters and little-known secrets of this fortified wine. We’ll examine biological and oxidative of aging practices, paying particular attention to the orphan wine... Read more →

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Tales of the Cocktail Seminars Announced and I'm Giving Three This Year

Tickets are not on sale just yet, but seminar topics have been announced for Tales of the Cocktail 2013. I'm thrilled and anxious to be giving three talks this year. More details will follow in the coming months. The 2013 Seminars and Presenters: 19th Century Ingredients and Flavor Prof with Robert Hess 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes with Jamie Evans A Cook Walks into a Bar with Andrew Bohrer A Second Look at Flavors with David Cid ABC—Aging, Barrels and Climate Change with Wayne Curtis Advanced Sherry: Secrets, Lies and Solera with Camper English Agave Amigos: A Rare Spirits Tasting... Read more →

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I attended a good portion of a seminar called Anise: Treasure of the Mediterranean at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this July. Though I couldn't stay until the very end, the seminar was great. The speakers were Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller of Mixellany, Franesco LaFranconi of Southern Wine & Spirits, and Orietta Varnelli of Varnelli. Like all things at Tales of the Cocktail, my memory is spotty when it comes to the seminar, so here are my notes copied and pasted from my iPad. I hope someone writes a book on anise liqueurs (HINT HINT Mixellany) so... Read more →

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I probably won't be part of an enthronement ceremony too many times in my life, so I thought I'd make a big deal out of this one: I was inducted into the first American Chapter of the Ordre International des Anysetiers during Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this July. The Ordre International des Anysetiers is a charitable organization that seeks to revive the legend and traditions of the ancient guild of Anysetiers, founded in 1263 in France. Just ten of us were inducted: Southern Wine & Spirit's chief mixologist Francesco Lanfranconi, Tales of the Cocktail’s founders Ann and... Read more →

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I attended an awesome seminar on blue drinks at Tales of the Cocktail this weekend, lead by Sebastian Reaburn, Jacob Briars, and Phil Duff. Then I wrote a piece about it for Details.com, the website of Details magazine. It's my first story for the website. I learned a lot more in the seminar than is in the story, which is more of a trend piece. Fun facts: Phil Duff worked at the same bar Tom Cruise trained at to prepare for the movie Cocktail (not at the same time) The first known blue drink was a non-alcoholic soda called Soyer's... Read more →

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Smoked Cotton Candy and Other Delights at Tales of the Cocktail

On Thursday, July 26 at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, I'm giving a talk about sugar. I hope you'll attend. Along with information, we'll be serving up sugar in a few forms. The most fantabulous will be as smoked cotton candy. Then while listening to the seminar you can dunk that cotton candy into a sugarless Rum Manhattan (just aged rum and bitters) to sweeten it up. Fun and sticky! For your intellectual refreshment, we'll be providing you with information on: How sugar changed the course of history How sugar is was made historically and how it is... Read more →

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Come to my Sugar Seminar at Tales of the Cocktail!

On Thursday, July 26th from 3:00 - 4:30 PM I'll be giving a talk at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Please come! Sugar: How Sweet It Is! In this seminar we’ll study sugar from the stalk to the still and beyond. We’ll take a look at the pre-history of sugar cane, its spread around the world, primitive and modern sugar cane harvesting and sugar processing, and the various forms sugar takes around the world, from treacle to turbinado. Then we’ll study sugar in distillation as sugar cane juice and as molasses and take a peek at the changing... Read more →

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As you can tell by that new banner ad to the left side of the screen, tickets are now on sale for the tenth annual Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans this July 2012. I've been going for the past seven or so years and love it. There are a ton of new ticket packages and promotions over at the Tales website worth checking out whether you're planning to attend everything or just a few parties. See you in New Orleans! Read more →

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