Tales of the Cocktail 2.0

January 17th, 2018


  • As you probably know, Tales of the Cocktail is one of, if not the, biggest and most important cocktail conferences in the world. Tales is going through a transition. After much controversy, which we wont rehash, but reported on extensively first in episode #203, Tales is in the process of being reorganized as the Tunermans are selling their shares.
  • Listen to Bartender Journey Podcast No. 241 by clicking on the player on this page or subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Android or Stitcher Radio.
  • This week we will talk to the two gentlemen that are in the process of purchasing those shares and will take over management, Gary Soloman and Neal Bodenheimer. We’ll hear about their plans for Tales.
  • And next week we’ll continue the conversation about what is being called “Tales 2.0” with Mr. Philip Duff. I hope you are subscribed so that you get the new episodes as soon as they become available, downloaded directly to your phone. For free!


Cocktail of the Week:

Sazerac – The official cocktail of New Orleans as proclaimed by the Louisiana House of Representatives in a 62-33 vote in 2008.

  • We’ll use David Wondrich’s recipe from his great Esquire Drinks
  • 2 ½ oz Rye Whiskey.
  • 3 drops Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • Cube of Sugar
  • Absinthe rinse


  • Muddle the sugar cube with a few drops of water and the bitters. Add the whiskey. Stir well with ice.
  • Put a little Absinthe in an Old Fashioned glass. Roll it around and discard (or drink!) Strain Cocktail into the glass. This drink is unusual in that it’s served in an Old Fashioned glass without ice.
  • Express the oils from a lemon twist over the drink and drop twist into the glass.


  • This is of course a variation on an Old Fashioned.
  • We spoke extensively about the Sazerac cocktail with Elizabeth Pearce, Drinks Historian and author of The French Quarter Drinking Companion way back in episode #132
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  • We are going to have to figure out how to pay for the trip down to Tales this year…you know I did some work for them for 3 years, recording seminars and producing another podcast for the Tales 365 members, but our arrangement has come to an end. I always get great content for the show at Tales – last year I think we got 4 show’s worth of great material.


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