Back To Schedule
Wednesday, July 20 • 10:00am - 6:00pm
Shots of Inspiration: Bitter Makers and Author Signings

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Located in the Hotel Monteleone lobby, the "Shots of Inspiration" tables return with one of the most exhaustive collections of cocktail books including the newest titles and old favorites.

Stop by throughout the week for our special book signings where the world’s best cocktail writers will be on hand to talk about their latest works and sign a copy for you to take home. Bitter Makers will also be on hand to discuss and sample their new and classic products. Join us to find a little inspiration all week long. 

*Author signings and bitter tasting time slots are 1 hour long and include different authors and bitter makers each day. Be sure to check the daily schedule to see who and when they will be there!*

10:00 AM

  • Bittered Sling Bitters

11:00 AM

12:00 PM 

1:00 PM 

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

avatar for Adam Ford

Adam Ford

Founder, Atsby Vermouth
Adam Ford, a lawyer by profession, is the founder of Atsby New York Vermouth. Inspired by a vermouth he tasted in Italy, Ford sought to create an American vermouth using local, artisanal ingredients. In the process of researching the perfect combination of botanicals for his product... Read More →
avatar for Alex Day

Alex Day

Partner, Proprietors LLC
Geeky bartender when possible, professional bartender wrangler in practice. Co-owner of Proprietors LLC, Death & Co, Nitecap, 151, Honeycut, The Normandie Club, and The Walker Inn. Co-author of "Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails."
avatar for Amy Zavatto

Amy Zavatto

Spirits/Wine/Cocktails writer.
avatar for David Kaplan

David Kaplan

Proprietor, ProprietorsLLC
David Kaplan is the founder and co-owner of Death & Company, a New York City nightlife destination, as well as the founder and co-owner of Proprietors LLC, a full service hospitality company, with Alex Day and Devon Tarby. David has worked in the hospitality business since the age... Read More →
avatar for Francois Monti

Francois Monti

Author & Journalist
François Monti is a Belgian cocktails and spirits writer who has been living in Madrid since 2009. He was one of the writers for French magazine Ginger (Spirited Awards finalist for Best Publication in 2014). His personal blog, Bottoms Up, available in both French and Spanish, is... Read More →

Heather Greene

Heather Greene is one of America’s leading whiskey experts, media’s newest “go-to” woman on the topic of brown spirits, and New York Times shortlisted author of Whiskey Distilled, A Populist Guide to the Water of Life on Viking Studio, an imprint of Random House Penguin... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Cioletti

Jeff Cioletti

Founder/Author/Editor, The Drinkable Globe
Jeff Cioletti’s tenure in liquid literacy has exposed him to some of the best libations the world has to offer and given him access to the producers and purveyors of such fine refreshments. His combines his love of drink with a passion for travel and one usually involves the other... Read More →
avatar for Mark Bylok

Mark Bylok

Author & Publisher, The Whisky Cabinet
Mark Byok authored The Whisky Cabinet, co-hosts The Whisky Topic Podcast, and is the publisher of whsky.buzz website. He's been writing about whisky for over 8 years, focused on whisky culture & trends, whisky reviews, and cocktail culture. Mark's book was an overnight Amazon best-seller... Read More →
avatar for Marvin Allen

Marvin Allen

Best Cocktail Judge
avatar for Mirella Amato

Mirella Amato

Global Director - Beer Knowledge and Appreciation, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Beer specialist, Mirella Amato, has dedicated herself to promoting local the art of beer appreciation since 2007. She is one of eleven people in the world to have earned the title of Master Cicerone®. Mirella is a National Level BJCP judge and has sat on the jury for the Canadian... Read More →
avatar for Noah Rothbaum

Noah Rothbaum

Chief Cocktail Correspondent, The Daily Beast
Noah Rothbaum is The Daily Beast's Chief Cocktail Correspondent. He is also the author of the book The Art of American Whiskey: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, through 100 Iconic Labels (Ten Speed Press), which was published in the spring of 2015, and the associate... Read More →
avatar for Reid Mitenbuler

Reid Mitenbuler

Reid Mitenbuler is the author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey (Viking, 2015). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and Whisky Advocate, among other publications.
avatar for Wayne Curtis

Wayne Curtis

writer, Freelance
Wayne Curtis is the author of “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails” (2006), a look at the long and ignoble history of America’s most reviled spirit. He’s also a contributing editor at The Atlantic magazine, where he wrote the “Drinks” column... Read More →

avatar for 18.21 Bitters

18.21 Bitters

18.21 Bitters is a bitters and cocktail mixer company based in Atlanta, GA. We craft small batch bitters, tinctures, syrups, tonic, ginger beer, shrubs, and craft cocktail mixers using the freshest local ingredients. Craft a better cocktail.
avatar for Berg & Hauck's

Berg & Hauck's

From the picturesque Bavarian alpine region in Germany comes an authentic line of fine food & cocktail flavoring, manufactured with traditional methods and skilled craftsmanship. The pristine environment of Germany’s southernmost area has a rich history in herbal extracts. Naturally... Read More →
avatar for Bittercube


Recognized as innovators in the craft bitters scene since 2009, Bittercube Bitters are developed and created in Milwaukee, WI, by hand with naturally sourced ingredients. No extracts or oils have ever been used in Bittercube Bitters.
avatar for Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters

Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters

Handcrafted by Dale DeGroff and renowned absinthe distiller T. A. Breaux, Dale's bItters combines the delightfully complex pimento allspice berry with a hint of anise and other herbs, providing a distinct new flavor that enhances many cocktails.Crafted entirely from whole botanicals... Read More →
avatar for Octavia Books

Octavia Books

Please join New Orleans independent bookstore Octavia Books at Tales of the Cocktail 2016 where we are back with the on-site book store in the lobby of Hotel Monteleone.
avatar for Wild Hibiscus Flower Company

Wild Hibiscus Flower Company

Makers of unique and delicious products using hibiscus and other edible flowers. Products include the original Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup for the ultimate edible flower garnish and ruby-red natural hibiscus infused syrup. Used for many types of beverages and in sparkling wine... Read More →
avatar for Wilks & Wilson

Wilks & Wilson

Wilks & Wilson is a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana that produces fine elixirs, mixes and bitters made from old world recipes utilizing natural and mostly organic ingredients. Our products are designed to allow anyone to create a superior craft cocktail with the spirit... Read More →

Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone