California Programs Continue with Agave Event and a Salute to New Orleans

Julian Cox serves the welcome punch

Julian Cox serves the welcome punch

The Museum of the American Cocktail’s California programs continued May 19 with “Agave de Mayo: A Spirited Revolution,” an exploration of agave-based spirits, complete with some surprise guests. Celebrated mixologist Julian Cox crafted original cocktails while Marcus Tello and Aidan Demarest shared the lore and historic uses of mezcal and tequila. They were joined by Gaston Martinez of Milagro tequila, who dropped in to tell the story of the brand and share information about how it is crafted. Guests gathered at Petty Cash Taqueria and were treated to haute-Mexican appetizers created by Chef Walter Manzke.

Participants examine a bottle of Milagro tequila

Participants examine a bottle of Milagro tequila

The next MOTAC event in Southern California, “Spring into Summer with Crescent City Cocktails,” will be one near to our hearts: the storied drinks of New Orleans. Tourists to the Crescent City are often offered sticky-sweet versions of the Hurricane and other spirited concoctions, but residents of the Big Easy know that much more interesting and sophisticated beverages are on offer. Kentucky-born Brent Falco, a Southerner and veteran of sophisticated cocktail spots such as Royal Clayton’s and First and Hope, will explain the history and authentic flavors of real New Orleans drinks, while Chef John Atkinson, a native Angeleno who studied in Charleston, South Carolina, supplies gourmet appetizers from his eclectic kitchen.

The event will take place at Louie’s of Mar Vista in Los Angeles, Monday, June 16th from 6:30 to 8:00pm. To sign up for this event, visit (link). For more information about Touring the Cocktail: MOTAC Los Angeles, or to learn about hosting or presenting an event, send an email to .




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