2015 MCC Canceled But Some of the Events Will Go On

    Manhattan Cocktail Classic may have canceled this year but New York is rallying to keep some events going. MCC is refunding tickets purchased for the Gala and the Industry Invitational but as they stated: “The local events highlighted on the “Special Events” page are still being held without association to the Manhattan Cocktail […]

MCC: Tasting Piscos from Chile

As part of Manhattan Cocktail Classic, I attended a Pisco Chile tasting. LA has enjoyed very good Peruvian restaurants lately and they will very proudly say they are the originators of pisco. But the Chileans have been producing pisco for at least 450 years. The main difference I’ve tasted immediately was Pisco Chile had quite […]

MCC: Is There a Book Idea On Your Cocktail Menu?

One of the seminars I attended at the Industry Invitational at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic was about cocktail books. Titled “Is There a Book Idea On Your Cocktail Menu,” the seminar was sponsored by Chatham Imports and moderated by Kara Newman. Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters; Jim Meehan, author of the PDT Cocktail; Lori […]

MCC: Diageo World Class 2012

At the recent Manhattan Cocktail Classic, I was invited to attend the Diageo World Class Happy Hour which happened nightly for 3 nights of the Industry Invitational. For the first time, the United States was invited to compete in the international bartending competition. Tanqueray Gin Global Ambassador Angus Winchester and Peter Dorelli of the Savoy […]

MCC: Alcohol Health & Mercy

  As part of the Industry Invitational at this year’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic, I attended a seminar on Alcohol Health presented by Mercy. The talk was given by Doctors Steven Lamm, Richard Firshein and co-founder and bartender Alex Ott. First Dr. Lamm talked with us regarding what was known to be safe- one drink for […]

MCC: Left of Center Beverage Programs with Tobin Ellis

When I spotted Tobin Ellis‘ seminar on Left of Center Beverage Programs at the Industry Invitational for Manhattan Cocktail Classic, I knew I wanted to attend. I had previously attended his Drink Engineering seminar at Nightclub & Bar back in March and found him to be an exceptional speaker. What is left of center? Breaking […]

MCC: Introducing Sorel

One of the exciting new products I tried at Manhattan Cocktail Classic was Sorel, a hibiscus liqueur produced by Jack from Brooklyn. I first tried it at the Gala and then at Brooklyn Day, one of the themed days of the Industry Invitational. Over 15 vendors from Brooklyn came together at the Andaz 5th Avenue […]

MCC: Dev Johnson Wins The Don Q Mix It Up Competition

One of the cocktail competitions I was excited to see at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic was the Don Q Mix It Up competition. I had attended the LA Regional contest as a judge. With competitors from USBG chapters from around the country, the competition lasted several hours as both technical and taste judges evaluated the […]

MCC: Count Negroni’s Birthday Bash

As part of this year’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic, I attended Campari‘s Count Negroni’s Birthday Bash where I enjoyed Negronis in all forms- freshly stirred, barrel-aged, bottled & carbonated and on-tap. I had a sneak peak of the bottled Negronis at the Gala a few nights before. Before the party got started at the New York […]

MCC: Small Screen Network Happy Hour with Charlotte Voisey

At Manhattan Cocktail Classic last month, Small Screen Network hosted three nights of happy hour, each day represented the past, present and future of cocktails. I attended the “past” and “future” happy hours with Charlotte Voisey. Charlotte has a show on Small Screen Network called the Proper Pour. My favorite was Charlotte’s “futuristic” take on […]