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Thursday, July 21 • 10:00am - 6:00pm
Shots of Inspiration: Bitter Makers and Author Signings

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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!*


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Personalities
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, he discovered the long-forgotten history of what was once America’s most glamorous spirit, and so this book was born. Ford lives in New York City with his family... Read More →
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Ben Schaffer

Partner, The Best Bar in the World
Ben Schaffer is the co-founder of the Best Bar in the World, LLC, with international barmen Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry. | | Ben acted as “the voice” of the Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, creating all its written material from before its launch right through its spirituous ascendancy. The Dead Rabbit has won every major award in the cocktail industry, culminating in “World’s Best Bar” at Tales of the Cocktail 2015. | | He... Read More →
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Brian Hart Hoffman

Chief Creative Officer, Hoffman Media
bhoffman@hoffmanmedia.com | Instagram: @brianharthoffman
avatar for Brooke Bell

Brooke Bell

Director of Editorial Operations, Hoffman Media
bbell@hoffmanmedia.com | Instagram: brookembell | Twitter: brookembell
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Davin de Kergommeaux

Writer & Author, Whisky Canada
Award-winning author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, contributor and feature writer for Whisky Advocate Magazine, contributing editor for Whisky Magazine, founder, Canadian Whisky Awards, whisky judge, public speaker.
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Fred Minnick

Ascot-wearing Fred Minnick wrote the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey, the critically acclaimed Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker and the upcoming Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey. Minnick writes for Whisky Advocate and Whisky Magazine. Minnick lives in Louisville, Ky., where he teaches bourbon classes for the Kentucky... Read More →
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Jack McGarry

Co-Founder, The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog
Jack McGarry is The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog’s co-founder and operating partner, who also created its extensive historically-based drinks program. In July 2013, he was honored with the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail International Bartender of the Year award. He is its youngest ever recipient, and only the second in America (after the legendary Audrey Saunders). To realize the Dead Rabbit project, McGarry tested thousands of... Read More →
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Jared Brown

Master Distiller, Sipsmith Limited
Sipsmith Master Distiller Jared Brown made his first spirits at age ten after reading that early American colonists froze cider and lifted out the ice to concentrate the alcohol. As an adult (after a degree in hospitality from NYU, five years in operations at the Essex House Hotel and a few good bartending jobs) he went on to co-author a few dozen books on drinks and drinking with his wife Anistatia Miller, including the world’s... Read More →
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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. As former editor-in-chief (and current editor-at-large) of Beverage World magazine, author of “The Year of Drinking Adventurously,” founder of The Drinkable... Read More →
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Jeffrey Nichols

Author & Publisher, Snooty Bird
I am a cocktail book author and enthusiast with a great new book out for the cocktail novice that wants to achieve results comparable to the amazing experience they receive at a great bar in the comfort of their own home.
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Jonathan Pogash

President/Owner, The Cocktail Guru
I am a father of 2, a husband to 1, and a mixer of drinks | | Jonathan Pogash, “The Cocktail Guru,” is an educator and cocktail consultant for restaurants and beverage brands. With offices in New England and NYC, Jonathan's signature cocktails can be seen and enjoyed in many of North America’s most upscale cocktail lounges and restaurants. He has lent his expertise to “The Today Show," "Fox & Friends," Fox Boston... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Bovis

Natalie Bovis

owner, The Liquid Muse, LLC
This is my 10th Tales of the Cocktail! I am excited to be back hosting / co-producing the winners video at the Spirited Awards. This year, I will also serve smoothies at the Perfect Puree booth on Thurs & Friday mornings rise & shine with a healthy energizer!! Thursday afternoon (11 am - 1 pm), I'll be serving drinks at the National Honey Board Tasting Room. That afternoon, I'm signing my cocktail book Edible Cocktails: Garden to... Read More →
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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 editor of the forthcoming The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails (Oxford University Press), which will be published in the fall of 2017... Read More →
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Paul Clarke

Executive Editor, Imbibe
Paul Clarke is the executive editor of Imbibe magazine and the author of The Cocktail Chronicles (Spring House Press). A journalist who has specialized in spirits, cocktails and the culture of drink for nearly a decade, he has written for the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Serious Eats, Tasting Table and many other publications and websites, and is a member of the editorial board for the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, to... Read More →
avatar for Philip Greene

Philip Greene

Consultant/Brand Ambassador, Papa's Pilar Rum, Hemingway Rum Co.
Philip Greene is an attorney, writer and cocktail historian.  He is Trademark and Internet Counsel to the U.S. Marine Corps, based at the Pentagon.  He is also one of the founders of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.  He has presented at conferences, festivals and other events around the world on a wide range of topics, including multiple times for the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and has also done events for the... Read More →
avatar for Robert Simonson

Robert Simonson

Spirits/Cocktail Writer, New York Times
Robert Simonson writes about cocktails, spirits, bars and bartenders for the New York Times, where he had been a contributor since 2000. He is the author of the acclaimed 2014 book "The Old-Fashioned: The World's First Classic Cocktail" (Ten Speed Press). He is also a major contributor to "The Essential New York Times Book of Cocktails," which was released in 2015, and "Savoring Gotham." His comprehensive history of the cocktail renaissance... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Chetiyawardana

Ryan Chetiyawardana

Mr Lyan!, Mr Lyan
Ryan (A.K.A Mr Lyan) has been involved in several of the UK’s best bars for over a decade. He helped take the last four of these including Bramble, 69 Colebrooke Row and The Whistling Shop onto national titles and all featured in the Top 40 World’s Best Bars for Drinks International. Personally he has twice been named UK Bartender of the Year and has title to several national competitions. Ryan has been a contributing columnist to... Read More →
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Sean Muldoon

Managing Partner, The Best Bar in the World Hospitality Consulting
Sean Muldoon is Managing Partner of The Best Bar in the World Hospitality Consulting (BBITW), the creative force behind New York’s The Dead Rabbit, GreenRiver in Chicago, the upcoming BlackTail at Pier A in New York and formerly Belfast’s The Merchant Hotel. He is an award-winning international barman and visionary who has raised the bar for what cocktails and bars can and should be.  Sean is most renowned for The Dead Rabbit in... Read More →
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Warren Bobrow

Barman/Brand Ambassador/Author, Cocktail Whisperer
Published author of five books on cocktails. First book, Apothecary Cocktails is in the top 1% of all spirits books on Amazon and was nominated for a Spirited Award at Tales of the Cocktail 2014. | Whiskey Cocktails followed, then Bitters/Shrub Syrup Cocktails. | My current release is Cannabis Cocktails | I appear in the July 2016 and June 2016 issues of High Times Magazine | I'm a Cannabis Cup Judge | Ministry of Rum Judge 2010... Read More →

Sponsors
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Embitterment Bitters

Embitterment is a Washington, D.C.-based cocktail bitters company that produces high-quality, handcrafted aromatic products designed for both professional bartenders and at-home mixologists. | | We're bitter, which means our glasses are always half-empty, so we’re always thinking about the next drink, the next batch of bitters, and the next way to bring exquisite flavor to the people who are out there searching for it.
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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.
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Pink House Alchemy

Pink House Alchemy (pH) is a company dedicated to taste experiences. Developed in a one-hundred year old pink house, the alchemists founded this company through their love for food and flavor. Inspired by complimentary patterns in roots, barks, fruits, herbs, and botanicals, pH works every day to find new and perfect connections between ingredients.
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Portland Bitters Project

Handcrafted, small batch bitters from Portland, Ore. Innovative, layered flavors like Woodland and Aviation Lavender, made from organic botanicals, organic corn spirits and raw sugar. Custom bitters creation available as well! pdxbittersproject@gmail.com
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Suze Bitters

Since 1889, Suze has excelled in the art of combining gentian with various aromatic plants in order to create extremely aromatic bitters. Suze Bitters is a new range of concentrated aromatic bitters, developed by Suze with 3 of the most influential French bartenders: Fernando Castellon, Joseph Biolatto, and Julien Escot. This unique collaboration gave birth to a premium three-bitter range that will meet the expectations of the most demanding... Read More →




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