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How Veteran Presenters Prepare for Tales of the Cocktail: Part II

For Tales of the Cocktail® Virgins, the prospect of attending the week-long festival week-long festival can seem daunting. After all, there are so many things to see and do that it’s impossible to know where to begin — and that’s not even factoring in all that the city of New Orleans has to offer. What’s a first-timer to do? Luckily for you, there are people who know exactly how, where, and when to navigate the festival. These Tales Veterans have been attending the event for years, and know the best restaurants to see, the best ways to prepare, and — most importantly — the best ways to recover the morning after a day (and night) full of festivities. Here, our second round of this summer’s seminar presenters divulge their secrets to getting the most out of your Tales of the Cocktail® experience.

Roberto Serrallés, left, with business partner Rande Gerber. Roberto Serrallés, left, with business partner Rande Gerber.

Roberto Serrallés

What is your go-to healing remedy after a long night at Tales?

A nice brisk morning run along the riverfront Woldenberg Park, just south of the Quarter, helps get my bloodstream oxygenated and clears my mind.

What NOLA bar or cocktail are you most looking forward to checking out?

First stop for a Don Q Gran Añejo Old-Fashioned with Chris Hannah at Arnaud's French 75, followed by a Don Q Single Barrel Sazerac at Muriel's. I will then finish off by getting acquainted with all of the great concoctions at Cane & Table.

What’s your NOLA guilty pleasure?

Late night music at Tips!

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Sustainability Summit.

If you could only bring one item to Tales, what would it be, and why?

I always bring milk thistle herbs to support my liver function!

Three people speaking on a panel. Jeffrey Kluger, Claire Smith-Warner and Tristan Stephenson discuss the anthropology of the modern bar

Tristan Stephenson

What is your go-to healing remedy after a long night at Tales?

I like to inhale a large cup of coffee, then go and present a seminar. There are few things that can waken the senses like a large audience does.

What NOLA bar or cocktail are you most looking forward to checking out?

The Carousel Bar at the Monteleone.

What’s your NOLA guilty pleasure?

Alibi. Miller High Life. Alibi.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Raising Cane: the seminar I'm presenting with Jacob Briars and Ian Burrell.

If you could only bring one item to Tales, what would it be, and why?

One effervescent vitamin C tablet. I'd cut it up like a pizza and ration myself a little slice of it every day.

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Peter Holland

What is your go-to healing remedy after a long night at Tales?

If my primary plan of steering clear of drinking too much goes wrong, I'm all about hydration and fresh fruit!

What NOLA bar or cocktail are you most looking forward to checking out?

It's all about Latitude 29! Line those Mai Tais up sir!

What’s your NOLA guilty pleasure?

Gumbo...

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Most? Tough to nail down to just one. The social aspect, seminars, and spending quality time at Latitude 29.

If you could only bring one item to Tales, what would it be, and why?

iPhone: gotta keep in contact!

A man sitting behind a laptop, raising a glass. Joe McCanta started off as a jazz pianist, working shifts at a wine bar to get through music school, and now he works in the prestigious position of global brand ambassador for Grey Goose Vodka. Photo by Jennifer Mitchell Photography.

Joe McCanta

What is your go-to healing remedy after a long night at Tales?

Milk Thistle Extract! Highest strength available (I like the ones from Australia best).

What NOLA bar or cocktail are you most looking forward to checking out?

I always love a dip into the Maple Leaf for some amazing funk.

What’s your NOLA guilty pleasure?

Johnny's Poboys.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Playing jazz piano in the streets (at the Grey Goose Espresso Martini pop up bar)!

If you could only bring one item to Tales, what would it be, and why?

A diary — as there's just so much wonderful stuff that happens every minute to take in!

Ewan Morgan

Ewan Morgan

What is your go-to healing remedy after a long night at Tales?

Coconut water and Berocca and a swim.

What NOLA bar or cocktail are you most looking forward to checking out?

Drinking a Snake vs Mongoose at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.

What’s your NOLA guilty pleasure?

Fried chicken at Willie Mae's, fried shrimp and oysters at the Stanley, frozen Irish Coffee at Erin Rose, fried trout at Dooky Chase's, praline bacon at Elizabeth's...basically everything fried.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Volunteer day and Snoop Dogg.

If you could only bring one item to Tales, what would it be, and why?

Zantac.

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