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Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail

John Lermayer on the balcony of Napoleon House.
John Lermayer on the balcony of Napoleon House.
Courtesy of Mandarine Napoléon

Another Tales of the Cocktail is over, and Miami bartenders and spirits professionals are back in town after spending nearly a week in the Big Easy drinking, eating, learning, and networking.

This year's TOTC was epic, with a strong cadre of South Florida professionals storming the French Quarter to take part in cocktail competitions, guest-star at some of New Orleans' best bars and restaurants, and learn a thing or two at seminars that ranged from tastings of rare rums and the connection between James Bond and cocktail culture, to tips for bartenders wanting to shake things up in front of the camera.

Highlights included a full re-creation of the Broken Shaker at the Williams Grant party (where a camel was the guest of honor) and John Lermayer ruling over the annual Mandarine Napoléon Battle of the Sexes competition. Chicago, London, New Orleans, and New York better watch out, because Miami has just proven it's got the chops to be the next great city for cocktails.

See also: Miami Bartenders in NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail
Photo by Laine Doss

The Broken Shaker goes to New Orleans. Virginia King and Gui Jaroschy looked at home at the pop-up (and totally authentic-looking) version of the Shaker, made specifically for the William Grant portfolio party at Lakefront Airport.

Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail
Photo by Laine Doss

The entire Broken Shaker crew at the Broken Shaker pop-up.

Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail
Photo by Laine Doss

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival's Robert Burr hosted a seminar on extremely rare European rums at the Sonesta Hotel during Tales of the Cocktail.

 

Cocktails in blue.
Cocktails in blue.
Courtesy of Giovanny Gutierrez

Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi hosted the Olmeca Altos Tequila Garden at the W French Quarter.

Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail
Photo by Laine Doss

Julio Cabrera, in the Hotel Monteleone's lobby, was on his way to guest-bartend at the Barcardi Portfolio party.

Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail
Photo by David Minsky

Cocktail adventurers: King of the cocktail Dale DeGroff, Rob Burr, and Laine Doss.

Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail
Courtesy of Mandarine Napoléon

The Regent Cocktail Club's John Lermaer claims the "Big Easy" for Miami.

 

Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail
Photo by Laine Doss

High West Distillery's Marita Leonard provided tastings at the Meet the Craft Distillers' tasting room at Hotel Monteleone.

Dennis Luna, Walid Hamid, Giovanny Gutierrez, and Gabriel Urrutia ham it up at the Aquarium of the Americas.
Dennis Luna, Walid Hamid, Giovanny Gutierrez, and Gabriel Urrutia ham it up at the Aquarium of the Americas.
Courtesy of Dennis Luna

Talk about drinking like a fish.

Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail
Photo by Laine Doss

There's this guy.

Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail
Photo by Laine Doss

Not a person, but a product. Panther Coffee served at Spitfire Coffee in the French Quarter.

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