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The 2014 Manhattan Cocktail Classic is one month away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t already be excited and get your tickets. Mainly because these events are so popular and will soon sell out! You don’t want to miss your chance on any of these delightfully booze events.

While a few are already sold out, there are still a slew of great events ripe for the picking. Here are a few of our favorites that we’re excited to join in on.

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Smell the Rainbow: An Exploration of the Color of Flavor
Saturday, 5/10 – 1:00 pm @ Middle Branch – $60

We are obsessed with Middle Branch and all their delicious cocktails, and for MCC they are teaming up with Dipsology.com, an online community and curated guide to noteworthy cocktail destinations.

The interactive seminar will allow you to explore the relationship between smell and taste. Join for an afternoon of fantastic cocktails, fun games, and great company, like Middle Branch’s Managing Partner Lucinda Sterling and Education Coordinator for St. George Spirits Andie Ferman.

I’ll Take Manhattans: The History and Origins of Aromatic Bitters
Saturday, 5/10 – 2:00 pm @ Macao Trading Company – $75

Do you know what bitters are and how to expertly incorporate them into your cocktails? Neither do we.

Get a lesson from the James Beard Award-winning mixologist and author Dale DeGroff for a presentation on the origins and history of aromatic bitters were you will learn about the key botanicals and spices found in bitters. Sponsored by Bulleit Rye, you’ll be enjoying lots of Manhattans throughout the afternoon.

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Artesian Versus Dead Rabbit
Sunday, 5/11 – 12:00 pm @ Dead Rabbit – $35

Dead Rabbit is one of the most revered cocktail bars in recent history, so it’s no wonder that the best of the best bartenders make a showing here.

Booze-slingers Artesian in London’s Alex “The Beast from the East” Kratena and “Psycho” Simone Caporale will go mix for mix and shake for shake with the Dead Rabbit’s Jack “The Lad” McGarry and Bobby “The Edinburgh Assassin” Hiddleston.  Presented by Giuseppe Gallo and Jacob Briars, join in on this epic throwdown.

A Deliciously Decadent Afternoon of Chocolate and Cocktails
Sunday, 5/11 – 3:00 pm @ American Whiskey – $45

Need a little sweetness to go with that booze? Jonathan Pogash “The Cocktail Guru” and Johnny Iuzzini team up to give you a walk-around tasting of chocolates and the cocktails they pair well with. While we will refrain from devouring every piece of chocolate in front of us, guests will have a chance to taste through a selection of bespoke desserts made by NYC’s premier chocolatiers and pastry chefs, each paired with a complementary spirit.

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The Gala
Friday, 5/8 – VIP $295 at 9:00pm, Regular Admission $195 at 10:00pm
@ the New York Public Library

Don’t forget about the best event of all: the Opening Night Gala! Held at the iconic New York Public Library, each floor is transformed in a speakeasy-esque fashion with free-flowing cocktails, music, and dancing all night long. Experience the magic first hand!

Take a look at the entire list of events here and get your tickets today.

Yours,
Von