It’s time to book your tickets for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic
By Francine Cohen

Photo by Charles Steadman

You came, you saw, and approximately 20,000 of you voted to determine which seminars should be featured at Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2011.

The votes have been counted, the seminar schedule determined, and here’s what you have to choose from when tickets go on sale April 1st.

Don’t miss the boat.

Manhattan Cocktail Classic Seminars Schedule

11:30am – 1:00pm: The Science of Mixology
12:15pm – 1:45pm: Hand’s on with Tony Abou-Ganim
1:45pm – 3:15pm: History: What is it Good For? Dave Wondrich
2:30pm – 4:00pm: Whiskey is the New Black
4:00pm – 5:30pm: How to Behave in a Bar
4:45pm – 6:15pm: Rye Mania with Dave Wondrich
6:15pm – 7:45pm: Aperitivo: The Italian Happy Hour hosted by Joe Campanale
7:00pm – 8:30pm: Beyond the Hangover Cure

11:30am – 1:00pm: Art of the Simple Cocktail
12:15pm – 1:45pm: Glasses & Tools hosted by Dale DeGroff
1:45pm – 3:15pm: Whiskies of the World
2:30pm – 4:00pm: Classic Cocktails, Classic Film
4:00pm – 5:30pm: A Drop Of The Hard Stuff
4:45pm – 6:15pm: Preserving with Liquor
6:15pm – 7:45pm: Global Drink Ritual
7:00pm – 8:30pm: The Science of Citrus

11:30am – 1:00pm: Spirits in a Blind with Steve Olson and Doug Frost
12:15pm – 1:45pm: Drink Like You Eat
1:45pm – 3:15pm: Discovering Le Cognac with Dale DeGroff, Steve Olson, Dave Wondrich, Doug Frost, Paul Pacult and Andy Seymour
2:30pm – 4:00pm: Three Mixologists, Three Drinks, Three Ways
4:00pm – 5:30pm: From the BeGINning
4:45pm – 6:15pm: Tequila’s Rebirth
6:15pm – 7:45pm: Age: The Final Frontier
7:00pm – 8:30pm: Yo, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Rum

11:30am – 1:00pm: Botanical Bartending
12:15pm – 1:45pm: The Agave Sessions
1:45pm – 3:15pm: The Mindful Bartender
2:30pm – 4:00pm: The Science of Taste
4:00pm – 5:30pm: Mysticism and Magic
4:45pm – 6:15pm: The History of Distilling in New York City

Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party — the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is an annual celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture. New York City’s annual five-day celebration of cocktails and culture happens May 13 – 17 with over 100 events spread across five days and five boroughs, including 30 seminars taking place at Astor Center during the festival, which were selected by popular vote from amongst over 85 proposals.

The final line-up of 2011 seminars offer a terrific spread of imbibing education: from the history of Italian aperitifs to the science of whiskey cocktails; from ancient drinking rituals to techniques in home preserving with liquor. The seminars will be hosted by noted mixologists, spirits experts, cocktail mavens and acclaimed booze journalists.

“We were thrilled to be able to empower our festival audience to choose the seminars they most wanted to see at the 2011 festival,” said Lesley Townsend, founder and director of the Classic. “Not only was this decision-making process very much in keeping with the democratic spirit of the Classic – but it yielded an absolutely fantastic line-up of seminars that we will be nothing short of honored to host.”

The Classic offers a vast array of unique experiences to enthusiasts and professionals alike, expanding the very definition of what constitutes a “cocktail event.” For additional information, please visit