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State of the Art 2015

  • Southern Food and Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)

Featuring the Tanqueray No. TEN Imperial Shaker by Jason Crawley

In New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail and looking for the best drinks the city has to offer? Are you a cocktail enthusiast seeking the latest in liquid innovation? Plan now to attend "State of the Art," The Museum of the American Cocktail's premier cocktail celebration and fundraising event. Making the event all the more special this year is the presentation of a Tanqueray No. TEN® Imperial Shaker by Jason Crawley to MOTAC's New Orleans collection.

Storied for its love of tradition and reverence for classic drinks, the Crescent City is home to an amazing group of creative bartenders who showcase their skills at establishments around town. Featuring bartenders from across the region, "State of the Art" offers the connoisseur both classic cocktails and innovative drinks from local masters mixing and twisting the cocktail canon. Admission includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Capping off "State of the Art" Tanqueray will donate the world’s coolest cocktail-making machine to MOTAC: the Tanqueray No. TEN Imperial Shaker by Jason Crawley.


$50 General Admission in Advance, $40 Member Admission (SoFAB/MOTAC and USBG), $60 Admission at the Door. Tickets are also available by phone at 504-267-7490. Tickets may be refunded or exchanged up to 48 hours prior to the event. After 48 hours no refunds will be available. 

Participating Bartenders

Liam Deegan Barrel Proof | Lucinda Weed Sylvain | Scot Mattox El Guapo Bitters | Carmine Potenza Purloo | Stephen Joseph Winston's Pub | Konrad Kantor Doris Metropolitan | Maxton Kennedy & Ellie Rogers & Micah Boyd Cure Co. | Mark Schettler & Tony Lamperti Bar Tonique | Josh Duke & Scott Gremillion Olive or Twist | Amber Peterson | Ricky Gomez Compère Lapin | Melissa Cross Tujagues | Star Hodgson Glazers |Crystal Pavlas St. Lawrence | T. Cole Newton Twelve Mile Limit | Paul Gustings Broussard's | Joshua Paige Three Muses | Nathan Dalton & Derek Brumfield Tiki Tolteka

All "State of the Art 2015" cocktails feature the Diageo portfolio of products. Many thanks to our sponsors for supporting this event.
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Recreated from a nineteenth-century line drawing under the meticulous guidance of spirits impresario Jason Crawley, the 6'-tall Imperial Shaker oozes authenticity, from its cast iron, brass, copper, and silver materials to the elliptical shake (versus a pedestrian up-and-down shake) created by the crank. Topped with four handsome shakers modeled after Tanqueray No. TEN bottles, the Imperial Shaker harkens back to the craftsmanship and engineering of an industrial era long past. The Imperial Shaker first appeared in the 88th Annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, and will now have a permanent home with The Museum of the America Cocktail’s New Orleans Collection at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC), a division of the nonprofit SoFAB Institute, celebrates a singular cultural icon and develops its craft, field, and market through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Founded by craft cocktail pioneer Dale DeGroff and a group of cocktail authorities and historians, MOTAC advances the profession and expands consumer knowledge of mixology while stressing the importance of responsible drinking. Led by Director Philip M. Dobard, MOTAC maintains permanent collections in New Orleans and Los Angeles and regularly presents both consumer-focused and trade-oriented programs in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC. MOTAC also works to boost career opportunities in the spirits industry and encourage greater participation by women and others under-represented in the field.