New Orleans is well known for at least two things: parties, and a 24-hour bar scene. So what better city in the world to host the greatest cocktail party on earth?
It’s called Tales of the Cocktail and it’s a five-day event devoted to cocktails, cuisine and culture.
This year, the event celebrates its 10th anniversary, which means things are only going to be bigger, better and boozier.
So tickets will likely sell out faster than ever.
Attend some of the most elaborately staged parties of your life presented by the biggest liquor brands in the world. Ever milked a cow to make a Ramos Gin Fizz?
In between, attend seminars to learn about important cocktail topics. Making Your Own Vermouth, for one. Or The Top 10 Cocktails of the Last 10 Years.
Best of all, here you get to drink in class.
Tales of the Cocktail 2012
Wednesday, July 25 to Sunday, July 29
214 Royal St., New Orleans
Tickets: $40 to $100 (individual events) here; $141 to $625 (packages) here
Stay: Hotel Monteleone, rates from $129 here with Group Code TOC20G
Best bet: Participate in a true jazz funeral procession late Saturday night as a has-been cocktail is laid to rest (last year was Long Island Iced Tea).
Photo Credit: Rodrigo Orta