Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Celebrating the art & craft of the mixed drink


What do you drink when you're not drinking wine? We've posed this question to winemakers and wine lovers, wine directors and store owners -- and the answer always arrives with a bit of a crooked smile. The vintners love beer, the retailers tell stories of ghostly green absinthe, of vodka made in airplane hangars.

And our readers, well: Our readers love a good martini.

So, in a toast to this unified scene of connoisseurs and boozehounds, we bring you a sneak peek of New York's finest celebration of spirits, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, coming up May 14 - 18. All wine drinkers will be welcomed with open arms.

Now in its second year, the Classic brings together bartenders, mixologists, and spirit enthusiasts for a four-day conference on the art and craft of the cocktail. Whatever's in your glass, there's a seminar that will give you a deeper understanding of both its history, and its future. Here are some of our can't-miss picks.

Want to check out the MCC?

Snooth readers get 25% off of any Manhattan Cocktail Classic seminar. Just enter the special discount code "MCCPartner" when you check out.

Drink Punch and Be Merry

Saturday, May 15

What better way to spend a Saturday morning than learning about the history of drink mixing? Dave Wondrich's seminar looks back at long-gone ingredients, ancient mixologists, and the tippling habits of pirates and kings.

Chasing the White Dog in Manhattan: The History of Moonshine
Sunday, May 16

Notorious bootlegger Junior Johnson sits down with author Max Watman and Joe Michalek, founder of Piedmont Distillers, to discuss moonshine traditions, and share stories about running booze in the back country of North Carolina.

Why would you pass up the chance to drink moonshine (oh yes, there will be samples) with a legend?

American Drinks Invade Europe
Monday, May 17

Fernando Castellon and Dave Wondrich trace the American influence on European cocktails through an examination of 19th century cocktail cookbooks from England, France, Germany, and Spain.

The Agave Session: The Magical Elixirs of Mexico
Monday, May 17

Study the roots of Tequila and Mezcal, all while sampling artisinal agave-creations. This session celebrates the long, twisting history of Mexico's beloved spirit.

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  • Snooth User: KRey
    477252 1

    The MCC is going to be fantastic. For details about now available 50% offers to the seminars and remaining events, please see my blog post on I'll also be sharing my picks for best seminars for next week.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:10 AM

  • Snooth User: Amber33
    477344 1

    Vodka made in airplane hangars?! This sounds like an amazing event. I am always looking for new cocktail ideas. Yesterday I found some delicious recipes on 360 Vodka's facebook page ( who will be a part of MCC. Looks like I will have to attend!

    May 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM

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