April 25, 2009 – The Museum of the American Cocktail, in partnership with its supporting sponsors will celebrate World Cocktail Week, May 6 – 13, with a toast to the history of the American Cocktail. Celebrations will be held in cities around the world including New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Wash. DC, Seattle, and even as far away as Sydney, Australia!
Founded in 2005, the Museum of the American Cocktail is dedicated to providing education in mixology and celebrating the rich history of the American cocktail. The unique exhibit, designed by curator, Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh, features 200 years of cocktail history. Through its exhibit and seminars, the Museum advances the profession of mixology while stressing the importance of responsible drinking.
World Cocktail Week was established to promote a better understanding and appreciation for the cocktail and its history, and to raise money for the Museum in New Orleans. The date commemorates the first reference of the term "Cocktail" in the 1806 edition of "The Balance and Columbian Repository."
“We plan to establish a major tourist attraction and educational institution in New Orleans that will become a valuable resource for professionals in the beverage industry while celebrating a wonderful piece of American history.” says Dale DeGroff, founding President of the Museum.
Proceeds from the fundraisers will go toward supporting the Museum and its mixology program. For info about World Cocktail Week events go to: www.MuseumOfTheAmericanCocktail.org The museum is located inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans at the Riverwalk Marketplace, (adj. to Julia Street,) Open Mon-Sat 10 to 7, Sun. 12 to 6 504-569-0405.
Here is a list of the currently participating venues:
The Drawing Room - May 1st
937 N Rush
Chicago, Il 60611
As a participating venue in World Cocktail Week, The Drawing Room will feature several sponsor brands. The event coincides with the launch of our Spring menu that will be the most progressive spirit/cocktail program in the city. With a focus on classic and original cocktails,utilizing fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Other highlights will include cocktail and spirit flights showcasing a broad range of mixology styles and techniques.
Contact: Charles Joly 773-965-2277
Kold Draft, Maker's Mark, Plymouth Gin
Drinks Over Dearborn - May 11, 9pm
650 N. Dearborn St. 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Contact: Kyle McHugh (312)361-0229
Speakeasy Over Dearborn - In honor of World Cocktail Week, and to support the Museum of the American Cocktail, join us as we bring Chicago's classic Prohibition speakeasy back to life for one night. After closing, Chicago's only specialty beer, wine, and spirits boutique, Drinks Over Dearborn, will be transformed into a gin joint worthy of Big Al Capone himself. Once you call up from the unmarked entrance below and give the specific password you've been given, you'll be buzzed up to join in the fun. We'll have live blues, a "blackjack" table, and sinful tipples of all sorts includng Pernod Absinthe, Plymouth Gin South Siders, Absolut 100 Bloody Marys, and more. Plus, our "cigarette girl" will be on hand encouraging patrons to help join and support the Museum of the American Cocktail. At 12 midnight, the party will get broken up and, in true hooch parlour fashion, the store will return to its mild-mannered self in the morning, with the "coppers" none the wiser. Tickets will be distributed to the hospitality trade as well as consumers. Please check regularly on Drinks Over Dearborn's webpage, Facebook page, or Twitter page for information on securing tickets.
Featuring: Domaine de Canton, Pernod Ricard USA, Plymouth Gin
The Edison - May 13th
108 West 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Edison will be serving Moscow Mules served in a copper mug for $5 all night long to celebrate World Cocktail Week, stop by and check it out.
Aidan Demarest (213)613-000
Monarch - May 6, 7pm
St. Louis, MO 63139
Special five course dinner with cocktail pairings featuring "Twisted Classics: New Orleans Cocktails and Cuisine" kickoff on May 6th. Cocktails will be prepared by BAR Ready certified Mixologist Ted Kilgore, and food will be prepared by this year's James Beard nominee Josh Galliano. This will be followed up with special featured cocktails throughout the rest of the week ending on May 13th. A portion of proceed will be donated to The Museum of the American Cocktail.
Contact: Ted Kilgore 417-569-5527
BarSol Pisco, Hendricks Gin, Jim Beam (ri)1 Rye Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA, Plymouth Gin
Each year, bars across San Francisco participate in a special "San Francisco Cocktail Week". You can get more information about their event from their website here: www.SFCocktailWeek.com
Here are just a few of the events being planned:
Elixir - May 13, 9pm
3200 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Elixer will be hosting a Charity Guest Bartending fundraiser for the Museum of the American Cocktail
Featuring: Sagatiba, Skyy, Barsol, Mt. Gay
Epic Roasthouse - May 15, 5pm
369 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
World Cocktail Week Happy Hour: Bayou on the Bay
$30 per person
Join us for Friday afternoon cocktails and celebrate Bayou on the Bay as we share a toast to World Cocktail Week and enjoy San Francisco’s best ambiance, swilling at the best cocktails shaken up by some of San Francisco’s world-reknowned bartenders. Proceeds from this glorious cocktail party will benifit San Francisco Cocktail Week partners and supporters, the Museum of the American Cocktail, and Tales of the Cocktail, two Big Easy institutions that have help to define today’s cocktail culture and heritage.
Oliver's - May 6th thru May 13th
Mayflower Park Hotel
495 Olive Way NE
Seattle, WA 98101
Contact: Steven Johansson 206-623-8700
Oliver's in the historic Mayflower Park Hotel will be celebrating World Cocktail Week in conjunction with The Museum of the American Cocktail May 6th - May 13th. Featured cocktails for the week will be a slight twist to our favorite classic's.
Featuring: Maker's Mark, Cruzan Rum, Cointreau, Plymouth Gin, Skyy Vodka, Perfect Puree of Napa Valley
Vessel - May 6th thru May 13th
1312 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Contact: Jim Romdall 206-734-9552
Vessel will be running a special cocktail menu throughout World Cocktail Week, which will feature specially selected classic cocktails.
Featuring: 42 Below, Domaine de Canton, Hendricks Gin, Jim Beam (ri)1 Rye Whiskey, Kold Draft, Maker's Mark, Plymouth Gin, Remy Cointreau
Chantanee Thai's Naga Cocktail Lounge - May 7th
601 108th Ave NE, Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98004
Contact: Andrew Bohrer 206-321-5109
On Thursday May 7th, all day, the Naga Cocktail Lounge will offer a $30 cocktail flight with matching Thai style small food plates. The flight begins with a bourbon based house cocktail the "Ueno San," ends with another house cocktail: the gin and ginger based "Jesse James Julep" and in the middle, where gin and bourbon meet, a modern interpretation on the tiki classic: the "Suffering Bastard." Food will include miang kam, house made Esan sausage and Thai "moonshine" marinated chicken. This is our celebration for World Cocktail Week and to make others aware of the good work of The Museum of the American Cocktail. If you are too worried about drinking on a week night, please let this possibly true fact persuade you otherwise: Scientists have no way of knowing but suspect that it is possible for dozens of people's lives to be improved by moderate cocktail consumption. The cocktail flight will be available all day, including happy hour. The Naga Cocktail Lounge hope to see you on May 7th to raise cocktail awareness and raise a glass with a mighty "Hu-zah!"
Featuring: 42 Below, Domaine de Canton, Jim Beam (ri)1 Rye Whiskey, Kold Draft, Plymouth Gin, The Perfect Pureé of Napa Valley
Tini Bigs - May 11th & May 12th
100 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98101
Contact: Jamie Boudreau
Tini Bigs will be featuring a special cocktail menu, with classic drinks specially selected by Jamie Boudreau to help celebrate World Cocktial Week!
Featuring: Makers Mark, Pernod Richard, Plymouth Gin, Remy Cointreau
517 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Contact: Andrew Friedman (206) 579-2491
Liberty will be participating in a city wide event to celebrate World Cocktail Week!
Featuring: Domaine de Canton, Hendricks Gin, Jim Beam (ri)1 Rye Whiskey, Maker's Mark, Plymouth Gin, The Perfect Pureé of Napa Valley
Bourbon House - Thursday May 7th
Dinner with Master Mixologist Bobby G
Bourbon Tasting & Dinner
144 Bourbon Street (at Iberville Street)
New Orleans, LA 70130
$75 inclusive of tax and tip. A portions of the proceeds to benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail
Join the New Orleans Bourbon Society and Jim Beam's Master Mixologist Bobby Gleason for a 4-course dinner expertly paired with original cocktails specially prepared by the award winning bar chef.
Space is limited, please call 504.274.1829 or email [email protected] for reservations.
For more details go to: http://www.BourbonHouse.com/special-events.html
The Museum of the American Cocktail - Friday, May 8th 6-9pm
Presented by Motac and Beam Global Spirits & Wine
Fundraiser for The Museum of the American Cocktail® (motac)
Join us for this Big Easy party hosted by the best restaurants in town with Cocktails prepared by New Orleans' greatest mixologists who will pay tribute to the great traditions of New Orleans. In addition, special drinks from Beam Global Ambassador Bobby G, and Museum founders Dale DeGroff and Chris McMillian will present the WORLDS LARGEST FIRE AND ICE MINT JULEP!
Tickets $40 (Includes food, drink, music, & The Greatest Cocktail Show on Earth! ) http://www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org/Events/Default.aspx#Seminar33
Sponsored by BEAM GLOBAL
Pranna - May 13
79 Madison Avenue (at 28th Street)
New York, NY
Organized by Contemporary Cocktails and Handcrafted PR
Contact: Aisha Sharpe
Featuring: Domaine de Canton, Perfect Puree of Napa, Makers Mark, R1 Rye, Depaz Rhum, Mount Gay, Hendricks, Bols, Skyy Spirits, Plymouth, Cointreau, Barsol, Sagatiba, 42 below, Pernod
Cocktail Cage Match - May 6th, 1 to 2pm
WAMU 88.5 FM
Tune in to WAMU’s Kojo Nnambi Show to hear a debate between Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve, PX and Derek M. Brown of the Gibson, SOVA on the merits of culinary cocktails versus classic cocktails.
Honoring D.C.s Greatest Bartender - May 6th, 3pm
Visit to the grave of George A. Williamson, legendary D.C. bartender and inventor of the Rickey.
For details, contact: Derek Brown
Bar Pilar - May 6th, 5 to 7pm
1833 14th St., NW
Plymouth Gin Rickey Happy Hour with Adam Bernbach, DC's indigenous cocktail featuring Plymouth Gin.
PS7’s - May 7th, 5 to 8pm
777 Eye St., NW
80's Happy Hour Remix - Gina Chersevani in promotion with Skyy Vodka will be remixing 80's cocktails to a new beat, with music provided by DJ Brian Miller! There will flare, fire, and fun with the help of fellow guild members Rachel Sergi from Zatinaya and Jason Strich from Rasika. Get out your hairspray and tight roll your jeans for an outrageous time.
The Warehouse Cafe - May 8th, 6 to 8pm
1021 7th St NW
Punch Club Happy Hour, featuring classic punches by Dan Searing of Room 11
SOVA Espresso and Wine - May 9th, 7 to 9pm
1359 H St NE
Featuring the Bay Area Philosopher and assorted Pisco cocktails with Pisco expert Melanie Asher and SOVA head bartender Jamie MacBain
The Gibson - May 10th, 6 to 8pm
2009 14th St., NW
Tiffany's Tiki Happy Hour - We are offering a selection of three classic tiki drinks made by Tiffany Short.
Proof - May 11, 7pm
775 G St, NW
Cocktail party and five-course dinner benefiting the Museum of the American Cocktail will kick off with a cocktail hour featuring passed hors d'oeuvres and five specialty cocktails created just for this event. Proof’s executive chef Haidar Karoum will prepare a five-course tasting menu that will be paired with five additional specialty cocktails.The city's top mixologists will create cocktails for the evening, including Adam Bernbach, Derek Brown, Gina Chersevani, Justin Guthrie, Owen Thomson, Todd Thrasher, Chantal Tseng, Rico Wisnor, Jill Zimorski, and Sebastian Zutant.
$145 per person
Contact: Karen Chan
Sonoma Lounge - May 12th, 6 to 9pm
223 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Upstairs Happy Hour - Cucumber Milk Punch, along with other cocktails featuring Hendricks Gin by Justin Guthrie and Tom Street
Tabard Inn - May 13th, 10pm
1739 N Street, NW
Reverse Happy Hour with Chantal Tseng - Featuring “May” cocktails by Chantal Tseng.
Hugo's Lounge - May 6th, 7pm
33 Bayswater Road
Kings Cross, Sydney
WCW Australia Opening Party
Sky Room - May 11, 7pm
Cur Wickham & Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Luxe Bar - May 12, 7pm
446 Beaufort Street
1806 - May 13, 7pm
169 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000
WCW Australia Closing Party
Contact: Sebastian Reaburn +613 9663 7722
Pernod Ricard USA
1806 - May 19, 7pm
169 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000
To celebrate the glorious history of cocktails and the long association between the finer things in life and outstanding design, 1806 and the Australian bartender community have come together to showcase cocktail shakers, strainers, jiggers, spoons and glassware from the past hundred years. The exhibition will open with a cocktail party, of course, on the 19th May, and will then run for approximately one month. Entry to the launch is by invitation, but entry to the exhibition will be free. However we will be asking for donations to the Museum of the American Cocktail to continue their excellent work promoting better cocktails and responsible consumption of sensational spirits. Join us at 1806 for a fascinating journey through design, decadence, prohibition and luxury as seen through cocktail shakers and equipment. We will be recommending a classic cocktail to match most of the exhibits, so have a browse through the display, and then sample the cocktail that was inspired by, made in, or connected to your favourite shaker. This is Pernod Ricard exclusive organised by Yakasan.
Contact: Sebastian Reaburn +613 9663 7722
Pernod Ricard USA
Nobo Bar - May 7, 7pm
ul. Wilcza 58A
Contact: Tomasz Roehr Phone: +48509469200
For a week from May 7th until the 14th, Alkoteka.pl together with Nobo Bar will be holding a week long exhibition of cocktail shakers, soda siphons and glassware. Two events will take place at the beginning and end of the exhibition to commemorate the first published definition of the cocktail. During these events we will be talking about the history of the cocktail as well as presenting classic and molecular versions of a chosen drink. We will also be asking people to contribute or buy membership to The Museum of the American Cocktail.
Featuring: Remy Cointreau