I am happy to report that the Museum’s hometown of New Orleans led a great celebration:Tim McNally, host of WIST radio’s .The Wine Show, rallied about ten different bars in New Orleans to participate in a World Cocktail Celebration held at Café Adelaide, where Museum founders Chris and Laura McMillian, and Chris Patino of Absolut/Plymouth, Lu Brow of Adelaide’s Cafe, Marvin Allen of the Carousel Bar in the Monteleone Hotel, and many others devoted their time and talent showcasing New Orleans cocktails using our sponsor brands. "Through the graciousness of Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan, participating bars at the event provided great food and cocktails while raising awareness of the Museum, and raising much needed funds for the new exhibit. A good time was had by all," said McNally
Here in NY the festivities began on May 8th at Pegu CLub, then again on the 12th . Ann Tuennerman’s event at the Flatiron Lounge began the evening, featuring Charlotte Voisey’s winning cocktail the PUNCH and JUDY (signature punch for the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail) special thanks to Ann for helping to spread the word about the Museum celebrations and opening…
From there we filed over to Employees Only where Jason Kozmo and Dushan Zaric focused their wizardry on original twists on New York Classics to a roaring crowd. The bar was packed, the cocktails fabulous, and it was like a family reunion of all the best mixologists in NY
Hugo’s Lounge, in Sydney, AU raised a generous sum for the Museum from its celebration, organized by Mark Ward. Very special thanks to Mark for leading the World Cocktail initiative in all of Australasia. For three years now, Mark has dedicated tremendous time and energy to implement a well organized approach to building this event, and while doing this, has magically reduced the distance between the U.S. and our mates down under. Also participating was 1806 in Melbourne and several bars in New Zealand (see http://www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org/wcd/ for complete list.)
In Chicago, Adam Seger featured Skyy and Partida drinks at Nacional 27 in Chicago, promoting consumer awareness about the Museum and this summer’s opening of our new exhibit in New Orleans (which Curator Ted Haigh is now hard at work building). Also in Chicago at the Drawing Room, Charles Joly featured his Maker’s Mark drink called the Nooner (Maker’s, maple syrup, fresh ginger, Navan, and orange bitters, and his Plymouth Gin "Secret Cocktail" (la Pick Lady), special thanks to The Drawing Room for donating $2 to the Museum per specialty drink sold using the sponsor brands.
In Los Angeles at the Doheny, Vincenzo Marianella’s menu featured all of our sponsor brands including his original Giselle: Blackberries, mint, Sagatiba , Massenez Crème de Cassis, fresh lemon juice, homemade agave ginger syrup, and Champagne
Audrey Saunders at Pegu raised a generous sum for the museum and expressed that she was considering an idea whereby a special MOTAC cocktail could be featured each day at her bar, focusing on one sponsor each day as a regular, on-going program, if sponsors would like to support it with product donations, thereby making it possible to donate the proceeds from sales of that drink to the Museum.
In San Francisco Tony Abou-ganim, Jeff Hollinger, H. Joseph Ehrmann, and Duggan Mcdonnaugh put together an entire week of events to honor their very distinct San Francisco bar tradition. In other cities like Boston, St. Louis, and Los Angeles the best mixologists were shaking on our behalf, encouraging membership to the Museum of the American Cocktail, and advocating excellence and education in mixology, and responsible consumption.
Several of our sponsors have been especially supportive, reaching out to various venues around the country to donate product for their events, Diego Loret de Mola (Barsol Pisco), Simon Ford (Plymouth Gin), Karlyn Monroe (Cointreau), Shawn Kelley (Pernod), Jamie Terrell (Sagatiba), Charlotte Voisey (Hendircks), Partida & Skyy, Finlandia, Makers Mark, Bols, Jose Cuervo, Depaz, Perfect Puree, etc , especially those who were rushing product to participants at the last minute. Additional thanks to Phil Greene, and Gina Chersavani, Derek Brown, owner Mark Kuller at Proof for the successful cocktail dinner fundraiser hosted at Proof in Washington DC, Misty Kalkofen at Green Street in Boston’s, Jimmy Yeager at Jimmy’s in Aspen, CO, Erika Haase at Hwy 61 Roadhouse in St. Louis, and everyone else for lending their talent and stellar reputations, and showing lots of love to our sponsors. Also Gary Regan, whose announcements in his widely read Ardent Spirits e-letter and Worldwide Bartender Bulletin helped fill the bars.
The Museum has had a big spike in memberships over the past few weeks, thanks to all who worked hard to pitch, organize, and promote World Cocktail Week. And thanks to Robert Hess for collecting information from the various celebrations, keeping our website current, processing new memberships, and bringing three of Seattle’s best bars; Oliver’s at the Mayflower Park Hotel, the Zig Zag Cafe, and Liberty into World Cocktail Week.
When an event like this becomes so big and encompasses so many individuals, it is impossible to mention everyone, so I know there are many omissions here and ask all of you to understand how much we appreciate your efforts on our behalf, we are very grateful for your support!
Dale and Jill DeGroff
The Museum of the American Cocktail
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