Get into the Holiday Spirits with Tales of the Toddy® 2013

The spirited celebration returns December 19 to Generations Hall as the city’s most renowned bartenders and chefs serve up world-class cocktails and cuisine.

NEW ORLEANS – October 14, 2013 – In a few short months, the holidays will be upon us once again. And nothing goes better with all the wassailing, mistletoe and good tidings than great cocktails. On December 19, Tales of the Toddy® returns for its eighth year to help everyone get into the holiday spirit. Join us for the most spirited holiday party of the year with expertly crafted yuletide cocktails, excellent cuisine from local restaurants and live music by Mississippi Rail Co. that will take a contemporary spin on the carols we know and love.

“This year we have added an extra spin to Tales of the Toddy®.  We have added an extra element of competition for our talented local bartenders,” said Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail®. “There will be teams of five that compete for the best nog, bubbles, cider, chocolate and toddy. Let the competition begin!”

To get the competitive spirits flowing, we’ll be pitting the city’s best bartenders against each other in a holiday cocktail shakedown. Teams of five will compete and judged by their peers in one of five categories—nogs, bubbles, ciders, chocolate and toddies—for bragging rights of being crowned the Tales of the Toddy® champions.  And you the guests, will vote to award the best cocktail overall! So get your tickets and get into the holiday spirits at Tales of the Toddy® 2013. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to educational programming for the New Orleans Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild.

Tales of the Toddy® Official After Party at Barcadia! For one night only starting at 8:30 p.m. on December 19th bring your special Tales of the Toddy® Coin to Barcadia and receive a complimentary Bayou Rum cocktail. Taste the Spirit of Louisiana! Eat, Drink, Play at Barcadia. The Firefighters of the New Orleans Fire Department will be on site with their 2014 calendar! During the event, guests can purchase a copy of the 2014 New Orleans Firefighters’ calendar for $20 and get a free photo and autograph from their favorite heroic hunk. All calendar proceeds from will be donated to the New Orleans Firefighters Foundation.

Tickets for Tales of the Toddy® go on sale Monday, October 14, 2013 for $35.00. For special $10 discount codes, check Tales of the Cocktail on Facebook, Young Leadership Council (YLC) Tidbits and the Tales of the Cocktail® Newsletter. For more information on Tales of the Toddy® and to buy your tickets to the event, please visit  For special hotel rates at our partner hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, please click here.


Chris Patino, Director of Brand Education for Pernod Ricard USA

Judging Panel:

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry

Neal Bodenheimer

Rhiannon Enlil

Tiffany Soles

Participating Mixologists:

Marvin Allen – Hotel Monteleone

Ted Blumenthal – Booty’s Street Food

Jeanette Condon – Allegro Bistro

Becca June Conklin – Bourbon “O” Bar

Eric Dahm – Grand Isle Restaurant

Nick Detrich – Cane & Table

Abigail Gullo – SoBou

Paul Gustings – Broussard’s Restaurant

Chris Hannah – Arnaud’s French 75

PJ Hanne – Felipe’s Taqueria

Ryan Iriarte – High Hat Café

Nicholas Jarrett – Cure & The Saint Bar and Lounge

Stephen Joseph – Winston’s Pub & Patio

Ian Julian – Dominique’s on Magazine Restaurant

Jason Lee – Maurepas Foods

Steven Lemley – Bourbon “O” Bar

Sarah Manowitz – Spitfire Bar

Scot Mattox – El Guapo Bitters

Cole Newton – Twelve Mile Limit

Christine Jeanine Nielsen – Lucky Rooster

Kimberly Patton-Bragg – Tivoli & Lee

Mark Schettler – Apolline Restaurant

Lucinda Weed – Sylvain

Kent Westmoreland — The Cocktail Bar at Windsor Court

Bazil Zerinsky – Bar Tonique


Participating Restaurants:

Apolline Restaurant

Borgne Restaurant

Bourbon House

Broussard’s Restaurant


Creole Creamery

Cook Me Somethin’ Mister

Dis Taco

Felipe’s Taqueria

Fleur De Lis New Orleans Cuisine

Fulton Alley

Katie’s Restaurant & Bar

Keife & Co.


La Petite Grocery

Lucky Rooster

Maurepas Foods

POOF Gourmet Cotton Candy

The Grill Room at Windsor Court

The Ya-Ka Mein Lady

Tivoli & Lee

Tujague’s Restaurant

Participating Sponsors:

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select Bourbon

Absolut Vodka

Avissi Prosecco

Barcadia Bar & Grill

Bäska Snaps

Bayou Rum

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Bulleit Rye Whiskey

Citadelle Gin

Crown Royal Maple

Cruz Tequila

Cruzan Single Barrel Rum

Jameson Irish Whiskey

King’s Ginger Liqueur

Knob Creek Smoked Maple

Legendre Herbsaint Original 100 Proof

Liqueur de Sapins


Monkey Shoulder Whisky

Mountain Valley Spring Water

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac

Plantation 3 Star White Rum

Plymouth Gin

Praline Pecan Liqueur

Reyka Vodka

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

The Glenrothes Select Reserve

About Tales of the Cocktail®

Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail® has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. Join us in New Orleans July 16-20 for the 12th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® where for five days the cocktail reigns supreme. All Hail the Cocktail!

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique cocktail culture in New Orleans and around the world. Every year the NOCCPS produces a number events including Tales of the Cocktail®, Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, and Tales of the Toddy® with proceeds being invested back into the international spirits community through scholarships, training programs and financial aid.

For more information on Tales of the Toddy® and to purchase tickets, visit