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14 Drinks from the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala at the New York Public Library

It's hard to even conceive of a cocktail party more elaborate than the Gala at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. The kickoff event of the five-day conference, at the New York Public Library on Friday night, spread over three floors of the majestic space, with something different around every corner: multiple dance floors and live bands, photobooths and entertainers, cocktails tucked away in lounges and around corridors. Here's a look at some of the best cocktails, from rum "Re-fashioneds" to canned Campari. More

Leo Robitschek On Getting Prepped for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic kicks off tonight with the Gala at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue. Organizers expect to serve something like 22,000 cocktails tonight; prepping that many drinks takes some planning and hard work. I talked to Leo Robitschek, bar manager at NoMad and Eleven Madison Park, about the process of preparing and batching up cocktails for such a large gathering. More

More Sips from the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

The festive opening night Gala that kicks off the Manhattan Cocktail Classic may be the biggest event in the MCC schedule, but the week offered tons of other opportunities to celebrate cocktails—seminars, dinners, and parties galore. In fact, these smaller-scale events impressed us even more than the grand Gala—it's great to get a chance to focus on just a few well-crafted cocktails, get to know a new spirit or drink-making technique, and enjoy a look behind the scenes without struggling against huge crowds. Here are a few snapshots from the highlights of our MCC week. More

25 Sips from the 2012 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Opening Gala

The beautiful New York Public Library was the place to be on Friday night—not for the books, but for a lavish opening night celebration kicking off the 5-day Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Dozens of different cocktails were poured (over 75 different drinks, by our count) for about 3,000 guests. We were on hand to sip (and sip, and sip some more) and snap a few photos. More

Manhattan Cocktail Classic Preview

[Photographs: Laren Spirer] This past weekend was the preview for the newly-minted Manhattan Cocktail Classic, which, according to Founder/Director Lesley Townsend is "part festival, part fĂȘte, part conference, part cocktail party." If the preview is a hint at what's... More

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