By Stefanie Collins, editor BARS&clubs

Tales of the Cocktail has released its seminar line-up for Tales of the Cocktail 2017, to be held in New Orleans from 18-23 July.

This year, 84 original seminars have been selected to display Tales’ commitment to education, development, and innovation. And to address virtually every aspect of the cocktail and spirits industries, while being presented by some of the industries’ most well-known professionals.

Philip Duff, director of education, says that the line-up for 2017 is very exciting for several different reasons.

“For one, well-loved global ambassador of rum Ian Burrell is leading a seminar with new information on falernum, shrubs and other Caribbean ingredients essential to good rum cocktails. Charlotte Voisey is back to teach us everything we always wanted to know about cherries (but were too afraid to ask).

“Chris Lowder has curated a really stellar group of #SEDTalks.

“And on a personal level I’m excited to introduce Bar Indepths, a new series of seminars that rigorously deconstruct some of the most successful and innovative cocktail bars in the world. Roll on July.”

Duff has headed the committee for four years, singling out unique seminars from different voices within the industry that cover a broad range of topics.

This ensures that attendees have the ability to construct a seminar schedule tailored to their specific desires and interests.

The full seminar schedule, including dates, times, and locations, will be available in early April.

Tickets for Tales of the Cocktail 2017 will go on sale for the general public on April 13, 2017.

Seminar highlights:


  • Raising Cane: Rum’s Rise to Respectability – Jacob Briars
  • Whisky Heretics V: Extreme Scotch – David Broom
  • Better Drinking Through Chemistry – Ewan Morgan
  • Beetlejuice! When Bugs Meet Booze – Camper English
  • Sustainability in Spirit Production – Bex Almqvist


  • Finding Classic Cocktails in the Dusty Archives – Philip Greene
  • Traveling Like a Pro: More than Just Brag Tags – Anthony Pullen
  • Great Hoaxes in Cocktail History – Robert Simonson


  • Mastering Your Prep Game: Technique & Application – Iain Griffiths
  • Making Scents Out of Flavour: Olfactory Experience – Eamon Rockey
  • Sailor’s Joy: 400 years of Drinking at Sea – David Wondrich
  • New Ice Techniques, Tools, and Technology – Camper English


  • How To Make The Right Deal: Acquisitions 101 – Ryan Malkin
  • BYOB – Build Your Own Brand – Daniel Singer
  • From Dreams to Daiquiris – Mark Maynard-Parisi
  • Bar Indepth: Dandelyan – Deets, drinks and botany – Ryan Chetiyawardana

Bar Career

  • Movers & Shakers: A Guide to Making it Abroad! – Julien Lafond
  • Bartending Robots: Friend or Foe? – Jennifer Colliau


  • Bubble, Bubble, Ferment & Trouble – Danil Nevsky
  • Old-School Fermentation – Sarah Lohman

For seminar descriptions or general information about Tales of the Cocktail 2017, visit

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