Las Vegas Invades Tales of the Cocktail

Las Vegas Invades Tales of the Cocktail

This past Thursday, thirty or more of Las Vegas’ top mixologists descended upon New Orleans’ annual Tales of the Cocktail® celebration. For three hours, BackBar USA‘s sold-out event Las Vegas Invades Tales of the Cocktail transformed the Masquerade Nightclub inside Harrah’s New Orleans into a rocking showcase of Sin City’s contributions to the cocktail and spirit’s industries. The A History of Drinking team was lucky enough to attend as official media for Tales of the Cocktail.

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Led by world renown author and veteran bartender Tony “Modern Mixologist” Abou-Ganim, the Vegas roster included:

Team Absolut Elyx

  • Ricardo Murcia – Bellagio Hotel
  • Philip Dow – Monte Carlo Hotel
  • Roy Ellamar – Bellagio Hotel
  • Michael Monnreal – Light Group
  • Kristin Schaefer – Absolut

Team Bacardi

  • Mariana Mercer – The Cosmopolitan
  • Ramon Ordonez – Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
  • Julian Luna - The Cosmopolitan
  • Drew Levinson- Wirtz Beverage
  • Roger Gillespie – Lavo

Team Bulleit

  • Max Solano – Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico Steak House at Venetian I Palazzo
  • Francesco LaFranconi – Southern Wine & Spirits
  • Ricky Lyn – China Poblano
  • Juyoung Kang – Bvld Cocktail Room

Team Hangar One

  • Christopher Hopkins – Wynn I Encore
  • Andrew Pollard – Wirtz Beverage
  • Kevin Vanegas - Wirtz Beverage
  • Heather Toledo – BackBar USA

Team Hennesey

  • Craig Schoettler – Aria Resort & Casino
  • Michael Vorsanger – Vdara Hotel & Spa
  • Nate Hedland - Aria Resort & Casino
  • Lilliam Hargrove – Rhum Bar

Team Moet

  • Derek Crow – The Cromwell
  • Timothy Morris – Carnival Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas
  • Michael Przydzial – Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace
  • Vache Manouklan - Carnival Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas
  • Allie Offenbach – BackBar USA

Team New Amsterdam

  • Tony Abou-Ganim – The Modern Mixologist
  • Nectaly Mendoza – Herbs and Rye
  • Alenrry Iniguez – Herbs and Rye
  • Nicholas Kabetso – Golden Nugget
  • Janna Drucker – BackBar USA

Team Sauza 901

  • Raul Faria – Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill
  • Travis Reel – Japonais at The Mirage
  • Bryant Lane – Lavo
  • Jair Bustillus – Southern Wine & Spirits
  • Patricia Richards – Drai’s Enterprises

During the event, the 1500 attendees rocked out to the tunes of Las Vegas’ DJ Ikon and got a chance to sample craft cocktails featuring the likes of Bulleit Bourbon, Absolut Elyx, Sauza 901, Bacardi, Hennessy, New Amsterdam, and Hangar 1 Vodka. The venue was a mad-house, but luckily, we did have the chance to get a photos of a few cocktails and, more importantly, the recipes!

The Hang O-VerThe Hang O-Ver

recipe by Christopher Hopkins, Wynn Hotel Las Vegas & Team Hangar One

  • 1 1/2 oz Hangar One Vodka
  • 3/4 oz Strawberry-infused Martini Bianco
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Verbena syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled, ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a verbena spring and atomized grapefruit bitters.

The JackpotThe Jackpot

recipe by Tony Abou-Ganim & Team New Amsterdam

  • 1 1/2 oz New Amsterdam Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 1/2 oz Solerna Blood Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz Ponthier Blood Orange Puree
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled, ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a dried Blood Orange and lemon wheel.

The Palomino PalomaPalomino Paloma

recipe by Raul Faria of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and Team Sauza 901

  • 3 oz Carbonated Sauza 901
  • 2 oz Fresh Ruby Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 oz Serrano, lime and sage simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz Lime juice

Build in an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with sage-salted grapefruit segment and sage sprig.

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