Bohanan’s Restaurant and Bar will be pouring its heart out for a top-shelf cause during the inaugural San Antonio Cocktail Conference to benefit HeartGift. The fun kicks off at Bohanan’s Restaurant and Bar Thursday, January 26, and concludes with a Bloody Mary Brunch Sunday, January 29, 2012. In between there will be plenty of tastings, seminars and events, all designed to combine cocktail culture education with fun. “This is not a cocktail festival, it is a cocktail conference,” says Bohanan’s bar manager Carlos Faz. “Fun though it may be, the necessary ingredient of a cocktail conference is that it takes the form of education on the art of classic cocktails, and provides information and instruction for those interested in learning more about the craft.” Proceeds from the four-day event will benefit HeartGift, a group of surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, medical personnel, volunteers and host families who are dedicated to providing life saving heart surgery to disadvantaged children in developing countries where specialized treatment is scarce or nonexistent. Since its establishment in 2000, HeartGift has helped more than 120 children in 22 countries on five continents. Presented by Bohanan’s, Soho Wine & Martini Bar, Ocho Lounge at Hotel Havana, The Esquire Tavern and Rio San Antonio Cruises, the event is modeled on the successful Manhattan Cocktail Classic and New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail Event. The first of its kind in Texas, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference will bring together an impressive list of experts in the fields of classic cocktails, liquors and more. It is sponsored by Republic National Distributing Company and Sheraton Gunter Hotel. The schedule for the classes and gala can be found at www.sacocktailconference.com. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online. Prices are $30 for a class and $50 for an evening soiree.