A world of cocktails exists beyond martinis, margaritas and Manhattans. And during the next four days, San Antonio will be welcoming a host of mixologists, expert bartenders and other libations luminaries to the city. The San Antonio Cocktail Conference is the first of its kind in Texas and will kick off tonight with a splash at the Opening Night Soiree at Bohanan’s, from 7 to midnight.
The San Antonio Cocktail Conference is based on the popular Manhattan Cocktail Classic and New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail. The evenings are devoted to parties, of course, but a full, varied schedule of classes from experts in the business are available throughout the conference. To see the complete list of events and classes, availability and to register, visit the conference’s website.
Friday will bring the first day of classes to the conference—with 14 seminars dedicated to a variety of lessons in cocktail creation offered at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel throughout the day.
“We are hosting some of the best bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts from across the United States and as far away as Australia and Italy ,” explains Scott Becker , general manager of Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar. “With this kind of world-class talent, the cocktail education experience is sure to be unmatched.”
It all goes toward a good time, but there’s also has a higher purpose. It is a benefit for HeartGift, an organization that comprises surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, medical personnel and volunteers, and host families, all dedicated to providing life-saving heart surgery to disadvantaged children. These are youngsters who live 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. For more information about HeartGift, visit the website by clicking here.
At tonight’s opening event, representatives from a number of brands of spirits will be hosting nine bars, making 18 specialty cocktails. And, look forward to some lively bidding on a Fender Stratocaster autographed by all of the band members of Journey. These proceeds, too, will go to HeartGift.
On Friday, start the party with Rio San Antonio Cruises, which will launch from a tiki party at the El Tropicano Hotel. The boats will serve as taxis, providing cocktails and a ride along the San Antonio River, to and from Soho Wine & Martini Bar and Ocho Lounge at the Havana.
On Saturday, it’s the Original Cocktail Competition, hosted by Fee Brothers Bitters and Red Bull at Bohanan’s; the Esquire Tavern hosts the Saturday Night Soiree. On Sunday, it’s brunch at the Gunther Hotel, sponsored by Cinco Vodka.
Click here for three interesting cocktail recipes to make on your own.