Arizona Cocktail Week 2014
Arizona Cocktail Week is Arizona’s biggest annual celebration of cocktail culture statewide! Celebrating its third year, AZCW is ramped up for a great week of food, fun and most of all, lots of awesome, locally-crafted cocktails! Read below for some highlights, and for all the details, you can visit the AZCW website at http://www.arizonacocktailweek.com/.
Pick Your Party
Alongside statewide food and drink specials and expert-led seminars, the 2014 AZCW will feature more cocktail-fueled events than you can shake a swizzle stick at. Click here to see the entire list, but a few of the most-anticipated events are undoubtedly the signature Cocktail Carnival at the Hotel Valley Ho and the return of the Southwest’s premier bartending competition, the Last Slinger Standing Event. The Cocktail Carnival is sprawling affair featuring creative cocktails, booths, carnival games, circus performers, aerial pool performance, music, food and countless cocktail tastings, while the Last Slinger Standing features a who’s who list of the top mixologists, with this year’s event pitting Arizona’s best bartenders against the best Nevada has to offer. And new for 2014, the Artisanal Spirit & Cocktail Market is like a Farmer’s Market for cocktail lovers, while the Anti-Party on Sunday, February 17 closes out the week with a late-night bash featuring beer and shots only – no cocktails allowed.
Wash it Down With Your Wristband & Get Home with Uber
AZCW’s popular $10 Wristbands are also returning this year, hooking up patrons who are wearing their wristband at participating bars, lounges, and restaurants with uber deals on either a signature featured AZCW cocktail or a percentage off the bar’s entire cocktail menu. Speaking of uber, new for 2014, AZCW has partnered with UBER, the popular smartphone based on-demand taxi and car service to help get guests home safely. During the week, all wristband holders can apply promo codes for Uber discounts and the chance to win extra Uber credits!
Did you know? Arizona’s most spirited week also features an all-star lineup of both nationally renowned and locally grown mixologists leading interactive tastings and educational seminars. So what’s on tap for 2014? Learn the history and origins of bitter aromatics with the “I’ll Take Manhattans” seminar, or delve deep into the backstory of tequila’s sister spirit with the “Mystical and Magical Mezcal, Mexico’s Exotic Elixir” seminar. But that’s just a small sip of the exciting seminars offered, so check out the full list online. Seminars are open to both industry members and the general public and are expected to sell out, so order your tickets today!
Imbibe N Dine’s
Don’t forget that AZCW is also a fun for foodies thanks to our collection of Imbibe & Dine events hosted at top restaurants statewide. For example, tequila lovers won’t want to miss the La Fortaleza tequila-paired dinners at Crudo on Wednesday, February 19. But if you’re more of brown spirits sipper, you won’t want to miss the self-explanatory Whiskeys of the World dinner at the The House Brasserie. Recently named one of America’s Best New Restaurants by Esquire magazine, Virtu’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor dinner takes guests on a sipping tour through the streets of New York City.
For a more Arizona-centric experience, check out the #CRAFTYCOCKTAILDINNER, a special six-course dinner showcasing local spirits and ingredients held at the Gertrude’s at the Desert Botanical Garden. Hosted by Hollis Bulleit, the World Ambassador for Bulleit Bourbon/ Rye & sixth generation member of the Bulleit family and featuring a live performance by Scottsdale’s own Psychobilly Rodeo Band, the High-Class Hillbilly Ho-Down is sure to be toe-tapping good time at Mabel’s on Main. Of course, this is just a sampling of the various Dine & Imbibe events hosted around Arizona, so be sure to check out the full list at www.arizonacocktailweek.com.