The Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala a celebration of one of civilization’s simplest creations - varying combinations of alcohol, ice, sugar, and juice - transformed through stirring, shaking, and sometimes finger twirling, into the mighty cocktail. Year after year the gala continues to be one of New York City’s most exciting and wildly anticipated events, and is my favorite event of the year, a night of revelry, debauchery, and more cocktails than one can possibly count.

The Main Hall - Photo by Filip Wolak

The Gala is the kickoff event for the week long Manhattan Cocktail Classic - five days of events, lectures, decadent soirees, lavish dinner parties, tiki safaris, mixology classes, city tours, bar crawls, boozy brunches, tasting rooms, and of course, lots and lots of drinking. It’s an opportunity for guests to try new spirits, imbibe in hand crafted cocktails, and connect with brands they otherwise would not try. I have discovered some of my now favorite tipples in past years, and this year was just the same.

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