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Tales of the Toddy in Photos



On Thursday (12.18), cocktail creators and cocktail enthusiasts converged upon the Hyatt for the 10th annual Tales of the Toddy. The holiday themed Tales of the Cocktail cousin featured whimsical drinks and outrageous costumes. Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture it all on film. Click on through for the photos.


Today In NOLA 12.12.15


Today in New Orleans, take your pick of the city’s myriad of holiday events! Freret Market will host a holiday-themed version of the monthly market, Freretstivus Market, and St. Roch Market will present the Tales of the Cocktail Holiday Pop-Up Sale where you can sip as you shop. It’s also time for the Running of the Santas and Krewe of Kringle. On this day in 1818, engineer and army officer Paul Hebert was born in Iberville Parish. Now, more to do this Saturday.


The Hangover: Tales Photo Wrap


Photos by Dr. Bill Copen

Tales of the Cocktail has ended for 2015 leaving libations-lovers with visions of sugar  plum sours swimming in their heads. NoDef’s Dr. Bill Copen was there to cover all the action. Linked below, readers can catch up with his daily updates to check out what they missed (or forgot). Likewise, on Saturday (7.18), the winners of the annual Spirited Awards were announced. Check out who won titles like “american Bartender of the Year.”


TGIF at TOTC


By Dr. Bill Copen

By the end of the week, some guests at Tales were slowing down, but the massive Fest was still picking up speed. Amaro was was explained in detail, some found refuge with the merch, and the cocktails kept flowing. Click on through to read about all the action and check out some photos.


Punch Line

Bon Vivants Bringing Pig & Punch Back to Frenchmen



This weekend is your chance to pig out for a good cause. The sixth annual Pig & Punch event will take place this Sunday (7.19) from noon until 5p.m. as a part of Tales of the Cocktail. There will be punch and pork galore— and all to support education in New Orleans. 


Tales of Tales (Photos)


By Dr. Bill Copen

By Thursday (7.16), the glasses at Tales of the Cocktail 2015 were most definitely half-full. Experts like Dave Wondrich and Charlotte Voisey taught and judged. Brand ambassadors squared off. And the setting being New Orleans, of course a brass band played. Click on through to read about all the action and check out some photos.


Tales of the Camera


By Dr. Bill Copen

Tales of the Cocktail 2015 kicked off on Wednesday (7.15) aty the Hotel Monteleone. The day featured dancing, speakers, and lots of drinks. From the opening toast to Danny Meyers' keynote to the late night parties, NoDef was there to capture all of the fun. Click on through for photos.


Punch Drunk Love (Tales Planner)


On Tuesday, Tales of the Cocktail gets rolling. Over the next week, hundreds of events centered around adult beverages will be staged. Tastings, product roll-outs, seminars, and good ol’ fashioned parties will keep livers working overtime. To help y’all navigate through the crowded bar that the Quarter will become, NoDef has put together a list of highlights.


Hot or Not

Tales of the Toddy 2014 in Photos



On Thursday (12.18) night, hundreds of bartenders, chefs, and drinkers gathered at House of Blues for the annual Tales of the Toddy cocktail competion. The toddies were served both hot and cold, and the two man bartending teams were decked out in their finest costumes. Treo, Sylvain, and Barrel Proof's staff were all repreented amongst the winners. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture the action.


Hot Fest

Kirk Estopinal Talks Tales of the Toddy



Tales of the Cocktail’s winter event, Tales of the Toddy is slated to mix things up on Thursday night from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. The contest will feature 48 bartenders, 14 restaurants, 27 spirit brands, and (of course) music. Before the sipping starts, NoDef chatted with one of the evening’s judges, Kirk Estopinal of Bellocq.


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