As it does every summer, Tales of the Cocktail is making its annual appearance July 20–24 in New Orleans. Yours truly will be there, covering the seminars and events on the Tales Blog and generally enjoying the Big Easy (especially its excellent restaurants and go cups).
“From mold-breaking saloon owners to current day cocktail mavens, women have had a vital, though often overlooked, impact on the evolution of bars and cocktails.” Lynnette Marrero, bartender and president of LUPEC NYC, plus an all-star cast of some of the most influential modern female bartenders, will present an inspiring history of ladies like Ada Coleman, the former head bartender of the Savoy Hotel in London, and Helen David, who opened the Brass Rail Bar in Michigan during the tumult of the Great Depression. Alcohol had an especially profound effect upon social changes, among them women’s suffrage and, after Prohibition, the relaxing of mores that allowed women into bars to drink. According to the official Tales of the Cocktail synopsis: “With the spirit and wit specific to lady barkeeps, we plan to raise a glass (or more) to the women that have influenced cocktail history.”