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The San Antonio Cocktail Conference is fast approaching. And while the parties you’ve grown to love, including the opening night gathering at the Majestic Theater and the Houston Street stroll, are back, so are more seminars than ever.

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The Aviation

These get-togethers, on both Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-17, focus on all aspects of the cocktail, from setting up your own home bar to creating your own signature cocktail as well as discussions on gin, various types of whiskeys and more.

The following is a list of the seminars, a brief description of each, the time, the place and the price.

For a full schedule, click here.

Terroir and Sustainability: A Conversation
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

While the tasting of a spirit allows us to explore its profile, taste, and aroma, few things speak louder about a spirit’s DNA than its terroir. Come and hear from two premium brands at SACC, including the Peruvian Pisco Portón, discussing the importance of enforcing an artisanal and sustainable approach in the making of their spirit. Join in the discussion and learn about the important steps taken to shape the future of the industry. Tasting is required.

  • Price: $35

How Sweet of You: Discovering Sweeteners in Cocktails
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Discuss the various sweetening agents and alternatives, and how each affects the taste of cocktails.

  • Price: $35
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The Gin Rickey

Part 1: The ABC’s of North American Whiskeys
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Discover the history of the evolution of American whiskey at a tasting workshop on the styles and definitions of American and Canadian whiskeys.

  • Price: $35

Gin Is In, but What’s IN your Gin?
Bar 414 at Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

A discussion and educational presentation on gin botanicals, why the brands use what they use, and how to pair the gin you use with a particular brand of tonic. Combining Spanish gin and the tonic culture.

  • Price: $35

Self-Branding for Bartenders
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

It may come as a surprise… but you are a brand. Not in the “Let’s go buy a Super Bowl commercial or 2-story gin cannon” way, but by the most basic definition of the word. The question is are you ACTING like a brand? Building your personal brand and maintaining it is so important in today’s competitive job market, and you must become your own best advocate, setting yourself up for the future job you’ll apply for, creating buzz around your name, self-branding is vital and it’s the first step in the networking process.

  • Price: $35
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Daisy

The Mechanics of the Hustle
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

With craft cocktails all the rage at the moment, bars need to speed up service without compromising quality. Demand is off the charts and it is our job to keep up the supply. As bartenders/bar managers at three very different high-volume craft cocktail bars in three of the largest markets in the US, these are women with a few tricks up their sleeves.

  • Price: $35

The Four Seasons of Cognac
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

From winter to summer, cognac finds its place in every cocktail. Experience cognac through a hands-on seminar aimed at highlighting the aroma profile of the spirit. Discover the seasonality of cognac through an incredible tasting showcasing nine different cognacs along with a spice & condiment pairing plate.

  • Price: $35

Scotland vs. Mexico Parte Dos
The Last Word, Friday January 16, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

We will build upon last year’s Scotland vs Mexico by comparing rare Milagro and Glenfiddich liquids. We’ll add a “bridge” spirit, using a traditional Oaxacan espadin Mezcal, Montelobos. This seminar will invite guests to discover new tastes and palates in spirits they might have overlooked by showing similarities in their aromas, craft and production.

  • Price: $45

Part 2: Pappy Hour – what’s All the Fuss About?
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Enjoy a brief history of the Stitzel Weller Distillery and an explanation of the move to premium for American whiskies, from the glut years to the bourbon mania of the present. A panel of experts will participate in a discussion of how American whiskey still delivers incredible value, including suggestions on bottles that are delicious, readily available, and won’t break the bank.

  • Price: $35
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The Chelsea Sidecar

The Cocky Rooster
Bar 414 at Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Mixology is a craft and the #1 trend across the US. That figure behind the bar is not simply an autonomous drink mixer; to the patrons, the bartender is the most powerful figure in the restaurant/bar. When facing an abyss of trend thirsty individuals looking to socialize for hours over several hand crafted cocktails, it can be easy to lose the meaning of “Hospitable Service”. A discussion of today’s definition of ‘mixologist’ – sometimes humorous, but always educational – and ideas for making patrons feel welcome. No intimidation: we’re bringing service back!

  • Price: $35

Cocktail Branches
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Following the release of the book, Cocktail Branches, this seminar takes some of the most popular classic cocktails made today and shows you just where you can go with them. Michael explores all the hidden variations for a broader drinking society!

  • Price: $35

Deadly Games (Nitrogen, Fire & Stupidity)
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

David Denney, one of the nation’s best-known hospitality attorneys, and Jason Kosmas, co-founder of both Employees Only (World’s Best Cocktail Bar 2011 – Tales of the Cocktail) and 86 Co. Spirits, will present a session on the business and legal aspects of some all-too-common practices that can leave guests seriously injured and put bars into financial ruin. The session will discuss some significant examples from around the world involving the dangerous service of alcohol. From dangerous service to dram shop liability, bar owners and professionals will learn from actual examples, with takeaways that will directly impact their businesses upon returning from SACC.

  • Price: $35

The Importance of Yeast in Spirits Production
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Usually when discussing distilled spirits, fermentation is just given a quick nod. But the fact that without it we would not be able to distill and create our spirits at all. Join us as we discuss the process of fermentation, where it begins and ends and its importance in creating the base line of your flavor profile in agave spirits and beer. You will sample a hand-made and bottle fermented shandy with a local beer and agave syrup, as well as a deliciously refreshing beer and tequila cocktail.

  • Price: $35
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The Clover Club

The Psychology of Ordering: Understanding what your Guests Want and Why they Want It
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Friday, January 16, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

There are many factors that determine what a customer orders and why. This seminar aims to help bartenders, managers and servers better understand and satisfy their guests’ needs by exploring the psychology of ordering. This seminar will cover the psychological impact of things such as atmosphere, menu design and staff attitude on your guests with an end goal of giving the best service possible.

  • Price: $35

“Real Substance” – How the Martini Helped Shape Cocktail Culture
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

No one drink has been more instrumental in defining cocktail culture than the martini. Yet the martini’s origins are anything but clear. It is the mythical beast in the realm of drink. No one knows for certain when or where this intoxicating combination of hard water and fortified wine came to be, but one thing is for certain: without the martini the world would be a much less sophisticated place. join us as we look back at the roots of the world’s most iconic cocktail and learn how one drink has helped to shape the way cocktails are enjoyed today.

  • Price: $35

What Now? – Career Opportunities for Professional Bartenders Beyond the Bar
St. Anthony Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

We live in an age where there is an unprecedented demand for highly skilled professional bartenders. With a demand like this there are scores of new career paths opening up for young men and women with the right training and correct motivation. Do you have what it takes? Panel Guests: Jason Kosmas (founder – 86 Co., co-founder – Employees Only NYC), Omar YeeFoon (Brand Ambassador – 86 Co.), Curtis Cheney (bartender turned distiller), and Bill Norris (writer/beverage director).

  • Price: $35
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Southside

Exploring Honey Cocktails
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Honey has long been used as a tasty sweetener in cocktails both classic and new, but most mixologists have a limited understanding of the range of aromas and flavors that nature’s spectrum of honey varietals can bring. Join Charlotte Voisey for a lively, fun and educational tasting of honey, spirits and cocktails!

  • Price: $35

Tex vs. Mex: Texas Flavors vs. Mexican Spirits
The Last Word, Saturday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Tex-Mex has been marginalized as bad tacos and – even worse – margaritas. So it’s time to look beyond the mixto tequilas and sour mix. This seminar explores the smoke and spice of current Mexican spirits and liqueurs and pairs them with true Tex-Mex – Texas BBQ and authentic Mexican cuisine. Attendees palettes will be tested as a range of Mexican spirits are paired with cocktails beyond the margarita and the two best cuisines that Texas has to offer.

  • Price: $45

Mixology 101: Build Your Own Signature Cocktail
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Ever wanted to mix and create a signature cocktail of your very own? Now’s your chance! Join Jonathan Pogash, “The Cocktail Guru”, for a hands-on, fun and informative session on how to choose flavor ingredients and create balanced drinks. We will delve into a bit of cocktail history, learn about bar tools and proper techniques, and ultimately let loose and experiment with some of the best seasonal mixers and quality spirits on the market. It’s all about creativity and fun!

  • Price: $50

From Berry to Beverage: The Story of Juniper
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

What is this mystery berry that makes gin so unique? Accompanied by classic and innovative juniper-based libations, Kerrin will discuss the history of juniper and its evolution from mythical medicinal wonder to spirits world game changer.

  • Price: $35
The Negroni

The Negroni

Porch Cocktails? F-sho!
Patio at Luke Riverwalk, Saturday, January 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

In New Orleans, they don’t hide crazy; they parade it on the front porch and give it a cocktail! Join Chef John Russ on his ‘front porch’ and learn the history and traditionsof the porch lifestyle of the Mid-City New Orleans. Recipes, anecdotes and rumination on those often lambasted but truly loved drinks will be shared among friends!

  • Price: $45

White Whiskey: The Flavorful Alternative to Vodka
St. Anthony Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Head distiller and co-founder of Ranger Creek, TJ Miller, will discuss the process and techniques for making white whiskey and the flavor component it can add to cocktails.

  • Price: $35

Are You Experienced?
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Choosing a cocktail and the right music may not be separate decisions. What should you be drinking when listening to different genres of music? When listening to jazz, country, blues – whatever the vibe is – we will examine how these two cultures are perfectly harmonious.

  • Price: $35

Whiskey Bon Voyage
San Antonio River Cruise – Launch from IBC Plaza, Saturday, January 17, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Join Daniel Barnes and Matt Moody in this one of a kind tasting while traveling by barge on the San Antonio River. Learn about the qualities that make this spirit unique by tasting through a few out-of-production bottles, modern bottles, and some very special treats from Treaty Oak Distilling. Guaranteed to rock the boat – sign up quickly, seating is very limited.

  • Price: $45
The Gimlet

The Gimlet

Mezcal
Bohanan’s, Saturday, January 17, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Join John Garrett, David Suro and Judah Kuper to celebrate two maestros of Mezcal, Aquilino Garcia Lopez (Oaxaca) of Mezcal Vago and Emilio Vieyra (Michoacán) of Siembra Metl. These mezcaleros will share their stories from growing up surrounded by this special art, to the struggles and triumphs along the way. This special engagement will allow you to hear how they are preparing for the future, and about the passion and persistence it takes to ensure a place in this growing category. Discuss the differences between Oaxaca and Michoacan with tastings from each producer.

  • Price: $45

Shaking It Up with Champagne!
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Join LUPEC NYC ladies, Meaghan Dorman (Raines Lawroom, Dear Irving), and Lynette Marrero (Speed Rack, DrinksAt6) for an effervescent discussion on mixing booze and bubbles. Explore Nicolas Feuillate champagne craft cocktails while learning how to elevate the cocktail experience with different expressions of this quality ingredient. Participants will come away with a higher appreciation of the value to quality ratio that champagne can bring to beverages.

  • Price: $45

The Speakeasy Experience in your own Home Bar
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

How did a guy whose professional background is finance, whose career is entrenched in corporate strategy, with NO professional bar training, get inspired by leading mixologists like Meehan and Schwartz and Morgenthaler to become a non-professional professional behind his own home bar? Jack Preston spends his days in corporate America as SVP of Finance & Strategy for Restoration Hardware, and his nights hosting guests in his home – with a bar menu that rivals some of the best bars and speakeasies around. Jack will take you on his journey to test over 160 cocktails and teach you how to take your bar to the next level, including buying liquors that make a difference, creating your custom menu and acquiring the best tools. Bonus: “To vodka or not to vodka”.

  • Price: $45

The Relativity of Flavor Pairing
The Last Word, Saturday, January 17, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

A scientifically insightful approach to pairing food with drinks, focusing on beer, spirits, and cocktails. We’ll cover the science of flavor perception using all the senses and relating it to the format of the paired dinners. Exploring food and drink-centric cultures beyond our borders to give a true perspective on what it takes to give meaning to a spirits/cocktail/beer dinner. We’ll take your spirited dinner from an unrelated food/brand showcase to an harmonic, convergent and synergic experience.

  • Price: $45

Old School Distilling Families/New School Spirits
St. Anthony Hotel, Saturday,January 17, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

The history of the Henderson Family in the bourbon industry: the story behind the creation of Angel’s Envy, some of the highest rated new whiskies in the world, secondary barrel finishes, integration into old school and new generation cocktail creations, and lots of laughs. There will be lots of room for questions – this seminar is highly interactive and fluid!

  • Price: $45

Into the Glass
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Dushan and Jason explore where inspiration comes from to figure out how you can get flavors into the glass. Sometimes it is an ingredient, sometimes a spirit or a technique, sometimes a classic cocktaili or even an occasion – regardless, cocktails are about a time and place. Learn different ways to achieve flavor and then determine how to incorporate them.

  • Price: $35
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Tom Collins

Brandy Cocktails: A Flight of Brandy for Tasting & Accompanying Appetizers
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

This seminar is a small group exploration of assorted brandy cocktails paired with simply elegant noshes – bites that also incorporate the spirits. Olaf will create gastriques and reductions and work them into cocktails giving you a sneak peek into the way he entertains at home.

  • Price: $45

Guilty Pleasure
Sheraton Gunter Hotel, Saturday, January 17, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

In this seminar we will examine the symbiotic pleasures of pairing chocolate with spirits. Maybe the two should always be enjoyed together! Chocolate with bourbon, chocolate with rum, chocolate with cognac, and chocolate with sherry – we will have a sinfully good time enjoying every combination. With Dallas Chocolatier, Dude, Sweet Chocolate.

  • Price: $35
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