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16th Annual Tales of the Cocktail: MKTG & Diageo Making A Splash Together

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Photos courtesy of Diageo.

Photos courtesy of Diageo.

MKTG and Diageo made a splash at the 16th annual Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans (July 19-24, 2016). TOTC is the world’s premier cocktail festival for both industry and consumers, sponsoring a series of seminars, tasting rooms, spirited dinners and volunteer events with the Bon Vivants (San Francisco-based & nationally recognized cocktail, hospitality, marketing and design firm). Immersive experiences allowed attendees to experience innovative Canadian-themed cocktails by Crown Royal, rejuvenate in the morning at the Tanqueray Gin & Juice bar, taste rare malts from the scotch portfolio- brought together by some of the greatest bartenders in the world at the World Class Family Reunion dinner and let loose at the #DiageoGames portfolio party.

Some highlights included:

Ode to the Bowl: Tequila Don Julio, Zacapa Rum, Ketel One Vodka and Bulleit Bourbon sponsored the unofficial kick-off to Tales of the Cocktail at the world-famous Rock’n’Bowl lanes, in a partnership with the Spare Room in Los Angeles. Teams from around the globe competed for the Punch Bowl prize, with Team London bringing home the gold!

World Class Family Reunion: After five years of touring the country and looking for the best bartenders, Diageo’s World Class program hosted a dinner to reunite past competitors and reminisce about the challenges and triumphs of the past five years.

#DiageoGames Portfolio Party: Diageo showcased 14 of its brands at the Diageo Games, arguably one of the most talked-about events at Tales of the Cocktail this year. Each brand represented a country, and activities that consumers could participate in included volleyball, badminton, speed-walking and foosball.

A buzz was building throughout the week with the “Follow the Torch” campaign and hashtag.  Bartender Sean Kenyon and a group of 15 bartenders began the journey with the torch in Denver, CO, riding their motorcycles to New Orleans, and the journey was completed throughout the week of Tales of the Cocktail in the French Quarter by bartenders on a custom, branded pedicab with inflatable torches. Each leg of the run was shared on social media, and generated more than 53,000 likes and views.

Tasting Room- A Spirited Celebration of the Americas: Lauren Mote (2015 Canadian World Class Champion and co-founder of Bittered Sling Bitters) partnered with Diageo’s Reserve Brands to execute this tasting room to take guests on a tour from Western Canada to the Southern United States, mid-Mexico through to Central America, with a quick bounce to the Patagonian region of South America, all told through the story of cocktails.

Guests enjoyed the following cocktails, brought to life in posters and recipe postcards designed by New Orleans-based artist Phillip Collier:

Neerlandia: Ketel One Vodka, Caesar Mix & Bittered Sling Gastown Bitters

Freemasonry Fizz: A breakfast-inspired Ramos gin fizz featuring Tanqueray No. TEN with local organic eggs & Fruit Loop cereal garnish

Anacafé: Zacapa Rum 23 paired with fresh espresso, yellow Chartreuse & Giffard Banane

Century Plant: Tequila Don Julio Blanco, Mezcal, Aloe Vera Juice, Ginger, Lime & Gose beer

 

–Contributed by the MKTG Diageo team

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Written by Andrea D'Alessandro
Andrea D'Alessandro

July 26th, 2016 at 1:50 pm