Tucson: Southwest Spirit Summit with Tony Abou-Ganim

Cocktails, anyone?

Cocktails, anyone?

Cocktails, anyone? Spirits galore pour at the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson November 16, 17 & 18. Check out the dizzying details, discounts, and deals for overnight stays. Drink responsibly. Purchase tickets here.

from the press release

ALL ACCESS PASS for the Tony Abou-Ganim Southwest Spirit Summit ~ $125 per person ~

Includes admission to all Happy Hours, Jim Beam BBQ Bash, Tasting Floor admission for Nov 17 and 18, all seminars except for (#1″Ladies Only” with Tony Abou-Ganim and #7 “Understanding Agave” with Steve Olson ), Speedrack Competition and Southern Arizona Cocktail Classic & Farewell Party.

Friday November 16th, 2012
Happy Hour: Iron Chef Cocktails with Tony Abou-Ganim~ 5:00pm-7:00pm~(FREE Event-Open to the public)-FOYER –sectioned off with 3 bars, two tables for book signing (TBD)
Kick off the weekend with event host Tony Abou Ganim as he re-creates award winning cocktails from his latest challenge on Iron Chef America.  Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase and have Tony personally autograph his signature book, “The Modern Mixologist”  .
The Beam Global BBQ BASH ~-$40 per person ~ 7:00pm-10:00pm OASIS Feast on a fabulous whiskey -Inspired BBQ buffet  under the Arizona night sky.  Enjoy Beam specialty drinks featuring small batch whiskeys, prepared by Beam Global mixologists in the poolside cocktail cabanas.

Saturday November 17th, 2012
TASTING FLOOR: 12 noon to 5pm, Ballroom C  ~ Tasting Floor Pass-$40 per day  (if purchased individually)                Enjoy tastes of over 100 of the world’s finest spirits, learn from the  foremost spirit authorities and mixologists at exciting seminars; ; relax and get your second wind in the RedBull Recharge lounge and much more.

SEMINARS:
#1) Understanding Agave with Steve Olson-(FREE with Tasting Floor Pass)~ -11:30am-12:45pm ~BALLROOM A
Join renowned experts Steve Olson (aka the wine-geek),  Tequila’s “unofficial US ambassador,  David     Graphshi, and “mezcal missionary, Ron Cooper, for an intimate blind-tasting-based seminar that will     explore the mystique of agave-based spirits. Presented by Sazarac (Includes cocktails samples)

#2)  LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservations of Endangered Cocktails)presents: Women Behind the     Bars: (FREE with Tasting Floor pass)- ~ 1:15pm-2:30pm -BALLROOM A                                                                Presented by two of the top female mixologists in the country – Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, this lively     seminar will take you thru the very  colorful History of women in the industry,  the creation of LUPEC , its     mission & Influence .

#3) American Tiki with Julie Reiner  and Brian Miller- 2:30pm-3:45pm ~ (FREE with Tasting Floor pass)- ~      BALLROOM B –     Learn the history and secrets of making Tiki cocktails, once a part of the most popular culinary trend in     America in the 1950s.  Today, Tiki cocktails—featuring rums, exotic juices, and unusual flavor     combinations—are hotter than ever thanks to  mixologist Julie Reiner who has been elevating the cocktail   scene in NYC for the last decade, most notably with the opening of the Flatiron Lounge (2003), the Pegu  Club (2005) and her latest venture, Brooklyn’s Clover Club. (Includes cocktails samples)

#4) Bombay Sapphire Presents: “Making Great Cocktails at Home: Hands On with Tony Abou-Ganim-Ladies Only” seminar includes a complete set of bar tools! ~ $70* per person ~ -4:00pm-5:15pm-SALON B        *100% of the proceeds from this seminar will be donated to the Helen David Memorial Fund

Join Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, as he shows you what you need to stock your home bar, tools of the trade and how to use them, and all the secrets behind mixing great drinks at home. Be it a classic a Martini, Tony’s favorite cocktail, the Negroni or one of his originals, he’ll show you how easy it is to craft these wonderful libations.

From shaking to stirring, muddling to blending, Boston Shakers and Hawthorn Strainers, you’ll learn all you need to know to set up and tend your home bar. Whether a professional bartender or just want to impress your friends, you’re sure to enjoy this entertaining journey into what it takes to make a great cocktail! But remember, ladies only!

HAPPY HOUR ~  Remy Cointreau USA Presents: Modern Tiki Happy Hour -5:30pm-7:00pm-~ $40 per person ~  -BALLROOM B   Join mixologist superstars Julie Reiner and Brian Miller as they recreate classic Tiki cocktails from the most famous of all tiki bars, Lani Kai in NYC.   Attendees will sample  traditional tiki creations made with fresh juices & exotic combinations of rum and liqueurs.  (Includes cocktails samples)

COCKTAIL DINNER~ Tequila Don Julio Cocktail Dinner with Tony Abou-Ganim & Casino Del Sol Resort’s Best! -7:30pm-9:30pm ~$75 per person (includes gratuity)~ PY STEAKHOUSE    Enjoy a truly unique evening at the award winning PY Steakhouse.   Iron Chef Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim in collaboration with Casino del Sol Resort Executive Chef  Jason Jonilonis and his Culinary Team  will present a fabulous 5 course cocktail paired dinner .

Mount Gay XO Night Nightcap Cocktail Hour-10:00pm-12:00am ~ Free and open to the Public -PREMA LOUNGE  Wrap up the day with a nightcap or two from the Mount Gay collection of Rums Sunday November 18th, 2012

Sunday, November 18th 2012

TASTING FLOOR: 12 noon to 5pm, Ballroom C  ~ Tasting Floor Pass-$40 per day  (if purchased individually)    Enjoy tastes of over 100 of the world’s finest spirits, learn from the  foremost spirit authorities and mixologists at exciting seminars; ; relax and get your second wind in the RedBull Recharge lounge and much more.

SEMINARS:
#5) Gin Daisies with Charlotte Voisey (FREE with Tasting Floor pass)- 11:30pm-12:45pm- BALLROOM A         Explore the wonderful world of gin & gin cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Charlotte Voisey.       Charlotte Voisey, Company Mixologist with William Grant & Sons USA was recognized by the James     Beard Foundation in 2009 for  her  contribution to mixology. Charlotte’s unique cocktails can be found     on     menus across the world. (Includes cocktail samples)

 #6) Vodka Tasting Panel (FREE with Tasting Floor pass)- 1:00pm-2:15pm-BALLROOM B
Join 4 of the world’s foremost vodka authorities as they explore the ever increasing popularity of Vodka in  its many forms.

#7) Lucas Bols Presents: A History of Punch with Jason Asher & Marcos Tello ~ (FREE with Tasting Floor pass)- ~   2:00pm-3:30pm BALLROOM A
Discover the origins of punch, one of the world’s oldest & finest mixed drinks and the godfather of     modern cocktails.  Jason Asher, mixologist for Young’s Market & Marcos Tello, Brand     Ambassador for     Bols Genever will be on hand to guide attendees through punch history,     preparation, and a tasting of fine     genever-based punches.

#8) “The Great Whiskey Cocktails” with Beam Global’s Masters Mixologist Bobby Gleason-3:00pm-    4:15pm-. (FREE with Tasting Floor pass)- BALLROOM B                                                                                                      Taste and experience  American Whiskey as master Beam Global’s Master Mixologist Bobby Gleason guides     you through the Jim Beam whiskey portfolio,  (Includes cocktail samples)

SPEEDRACK NATIONAL COMPETITION-3:00pm-7:00pm ~ $20 per person~ (100% proceeds benefit breast cancer research)-BALLROOM D   Speed Rack National competition, makes its Tucson debut  at the Tony Abou Ganim Southwest Sprit Summit.

One of the most exciting national cocktail challenges, Speed Rack  features the nation’s best female bartenders in an exciting fast pace competition. (Includes cocktail samples, snacks)

HAPPY HOUR – “On the Town” with Dale DeGroff -6:00pm-8:00pm~ $40 per person ~  (Proceeds to benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail)-BALLROOM E
Join Award-Winning Mixologist and Author Dale DeGroff  for an evening of  cocktails inspired by music, storytelling.(includes paired appetizers)
2nd ANNUAL SOUTHERN ARIZONA COCKTAIL CLASSIC AND FAREWELL PARTY!-7:00pm-10:00pm~ $40 per person ~  OASIS POOL  Rock the night away enjoying the best street tacos and cocktails from some of Tucson’s best mixologists as they battle it out to see who is the best in the Southwest.

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