Countdown to Tales

Posted by Anita on 05.11.09 7:18 PM

(c)2008 AEC **all rights reserved**It’s hard to believe that in just two months — July 8 through 12 — we’ll be back in New Orleans for this year’s Tales of the Cocktail. Cameron and I are both participating in this year’s TalesBlog group, and {gulp} I’m moderating a Saturday-morning seminar called “Secrets of Cocktail Photography“.

TalesBlog is already up and running with previews of many of the interesting sessions, tasting rooms, events, and meals that make Tales the must-do event for anyone who loves cocktails. The contributor list is pretty much a Who’s Who of top cocktail bloggers, so it’s worth adding to your feed-reader even if you’re not planning to attend.

In other Tales-related news, host venue Hotel Monteleone is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Carousel Bar, and they’re celebrating with a contest open to all bloggers. Here’s the gist: From 1949 until sometime in the late 60s or 70s there was a drink on the Carousel Bar’s menu called the Monteleone Cocktail. Unfortunately, the hotel folks have no idea what the exact recipe or ingredients were.

Here’s where you come in: Submit a recipe for your best idea for the new official Monteleone Cocktail. Entries will be judged by VIPs at the Carousel anniversary celebration on May 21. There are no requirements on types of liquor or style of drink, but all entries must be posted on your blog and emailed to the sponsors no later than May 18. (Send your drink recipe, along with your name, address, and phone number, to

The winning entry will become the new official Monteleone Cocktail, and the winner will receive four free nights at Hotel Monteleone during Tales of the Cocktail 2009.

bar culture, drinks, New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail, travel



Comment by Jimmy Cracked Corn

I propose that the Monteleone Cocktail was a simple non-alcoholic mix of 7-Up and maraschino cherry juice with a cherry on a toothpick in the bottom.

Posted on 05.12.09 at 6:05AM

Comment by cookiecrumb

Whoo! Cocktail photography. You are the best. I don’t even photograph cocktails, but I could learn something from you.

Posted on 05.12.09 at 3:15PM

Comment by Lauren

Yay! We’re going this year so we’ll see you there!

Posted on 05.13.09 at 4:53PM

Comment by Tartelette

That’s great news about your moderating the cocktail photograpy panel!

Posted on 05.14.09 at 10:34PM

Comment by Dave P.

Brilliant — can’t wait to hear about your NOLA trip!

Posted on 07.09.09 at 10:17AM

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