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Nominated for Tales of the Cocktail 2008 Spirit Award for Best Cocktail Writing

CT Craft Beer Fest 2022, Wallingford, CT, USA
CT Craft Beer Fest 2022
It was a perfect Saturday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut at the 2022 CT Craft Beer Fest held by the CT Brewers Guild at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre, learning about (and tasting) the diverse line of Connecticut Craft Beers. More than 60 craft breweries came from around the state and brought delectable samples of their artisanal products. Who knew the Connecticut Craft Beer Movement had so many tasty products?
Whisky Live New York 2019 - An Evening of Tastings
Whisky Live New York 2019 - photo by Luxury Experience It was a memorable evening of international and domestic tastings, whisky tastings to be precise, during Whisky Live New York. Whisky aficionados gathered at The Altman Building in New York City on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, for Whisky Live "The world's premier tasting show" for their first USA show for 2019 for an evening of learning about and appreciating the fine nuances and differences of Bourbons, Ryes, Tennessee Whiskey, Scotch, international whiskies and so much more through tastings and Masterclasses! Cheers!
Cocktail Demo with Audrey Saunders during NYCE 2016
Audrey Saunders - photo by Luxury ExperienceAudrey Saunders, the owner of New York's esteemed Pegu Club, dazzled the audience with her Cocktail Demo during lunch at the New York Culinary Experience (NYCE) 2016 hosted by New York magazine and The International Culinary Center (ICC), where participants in the 2-day gastronomical event had the opportunity to add to their cocktail knowledge as well as cooking with renowned toques. Cheers!
Whisky Live 2013 - New York
Whisky Live 2013 - New York - Photo by Luxury Experience "The Spirited Travelers" - Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta attended Whisky Live, "New York's Finest Whisky Experience," at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York for an enlightening evening of exquisite tastings and educational seminars for trade as well as consumers.
Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
Miami Rum Renaissance Festival - April 15 - 21, 2013Exciting news, rum lovers! The "Miami Rum Renaissance Festival - a celebration of cane spirits in the new world" takes place from April 15 - 21, 2013. Whether you are in the business (distiller, retailer, distributor, restaurateur, or bartender), or a passionate consumer enthusiast, the festival will provide the opportunity to learn about, and experience, rare, artisanal, and small batch international rums, as well as larger brands, via tastings, celebrity seminars, VIP parties, and cocktail competitions.
WhiskyFest New York - Whisky, Bourbon, Cognac, and more
Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta at WhiskyFest in New York - Photo by Luxury Experience"The Spirited Travelers" aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta of Luxury Experience attended Whisky Advocate's WhiskyFest in New York where we swirled, sniffed, sipped, and savored whiskeys from around the world.
Whisky Live New York
Whisky Live New York 2012 - Whiskey, WhiskyIn our continual quest for whisky knowledge, "The Spirited Travelers" aka Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta attended Whisky Live, "The World's Premier Whisky Tasting Show," an evening of tastings, seminars, great food, and live entertainment held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York.
Tales of the Cocktail 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Edward Nesta and The Deep Eddy Girls at TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury ExperienceTales of the Cocktail, founded by Ann R. Tuennerman, and held in New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of the best ways to learn about the fine art and history of cocktails. Now in its 9th year, Tales of the Cocktail is an annual tradition and attracts bartenders, industry professionals, and consumers from around the world who come for the multi-day spirits industry conference.
Cocktail Pairing Recipes - Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Coquette Spirited Dinner - Bar Chef Edward F Nesta, Bar Chef Debra C Argen - Coquette Bistro Wine Bar - Photo by Luxury ExperienceEach year as part of the annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Dinner® Series, New Orleans, Louisiana restaurants match their Chef with Guest Bar Chefs to prepare a one-night only cocktail pairing dinner.  We had the opportunity to work with Chef Michael Stoltzfus, owner of Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, who opened the charming restaurant located on the corner of Magazine Street and Washington Avenue in the Garden District in 2008. Guest Bar Chef Debra C. Argen and Guest Bar Chef Edward F. Nesta share their cocktail recipes from the Spirited Dinner® at Coquette Bistro Wine Bar.
Seminars, Tasting Rooms, Breakfast Cocktails, Pairing Dinner - Tales of the Cocktail 2009

Dubonnet Girls, Tom Krznarich, Edward Nesta at Tales of the Cocktail 2009Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta aka The Spirited Travelers of Luxury Experience helped Paul and Ann Tuennerman, aka Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail, Founders of Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, Louisiana celebrate the 7th anniversary by visiting the spirit tasting rooms with cocktails, enjoying breakfast cocktails, attending cocktail seminars, and hosting a Spirited Dinner at Bacco with cocktail pairings. As you may have guessed, Tales of the Cocktail is a culinary and cocktail celebration where the emphasis is on knowledge and having a good time.

Cocktail Recipes for Pairing Dinner at Bacco, New Orleans, USA

Debra Argen and Edward Nesta Toasting Bacco Spirited Dinner - Tales of the Cocktail 2009While restaurants frequently have wine pairing dinners, cocktail pairing dinners are rather a new concept. For a Spirited Dinner at Bacco in New Orleans, Louisiana, as part of Tales of the Cocktail 2009, Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta aka The Spirited Travelers of Luxury Experience Company threw caution to the wind to create creative cocktails with ingredients that included Creole mustard, cucumbers, and dill simple syrup to pair with Executive Chef Chris Montero's exciting menu.

WhiskyLive 2009 - The Celebration Comes to New York

WhiskyLive 2009 New YorkTo quote our favorite Celtic band, MacTalla Mór Celtic Roots Band, "The pipes are calling resistance is futile," although this could easily have been the refrain for aficionados who attended WhiskyLive 2009 in New York to taste a wee dram or two of the good stuff.

WhiskyFest 2008 New York

WhiskyFest 2008 by Malt AdvocateAs a whisky (as well as whiskey) aficionado, Malt Advocate's WhiskyFest 2008, held in New York City, was a night to remember with over 120 brands representing more than 200 products, and 11 educational seminars.

Polished Palate RumFest 2008 - Rum, Ron, and Rhum

Edward Nesta and Dori Bryant at Polished Palate RumFest 2008Do you know the difference between rum, ron, and rhum? Dori Bryant's annual Polished Palate RumFest 2008 brought New York rum aficionados out in droves for an exciting evening of education and spirits tasting, and of course, Luxury Experience Magazine was there.

Tales from Tales of the Cocktail 2008

Tales of the Cocktail Sazerac PartyTales of the Cocktail 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana took the cocktail world to new levels with an exciting line-up of over 130 culinary and cocktail events including seminars with some of the top industry professionals including Dale DeGroff, Tony Abou-Ganin, and Audrey Saunders.

Rum Judging: A fantasy job, yes, but hard work, too

Edward F. Nesta Judging RumsWhen Ed Hamilton, Ministry of Rum, asked us if we would like to be rum judges for the 2008 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition as part of the Tales of the Cocktail  in New Orleans, we readily agreed to participate.

Delamain Tasting at the Brandy Library

Edward F Nesta, Charles Braastad, Thomas Congdon at Delamain Cognac TastingThe esteemed Brandy Library in New York was the perfect venue for a memorable evening of Delamain Cognac tasting with Delamain descendant, Charles Braastad, which was definitely a luxury experience.

Tales of the Cocktail Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Tales of the Cocktail 2007Tales of the Cocktail celebrated its 5th anniversary from July 18 - 22, 2007 in New Orleans, and the "tales" have never been better!

Spirited Women and Sake Seminars

Spirited Women Seminar - Tales of the Cocktail 2007 The 2007 Tales of the Cocktail hosted many great seminars, two of which included Spirited Women Past and Present and Sake to Me!

Pisco and Cachaca Seminar

Pisco Cachaca Seminar at Tales of the Cocktail 2007 - Junior Merino, Debra C. Argen, Edward F. Nesta - Prepping for the SeminarIf  2007 Tales of the Cocktail attendees at the South American Spirits Seminar on pisco and cachaça only learned one thing; it would be that these spirits are the new cocktail darlings.

Rum Judging - The Ultimate Dream Job

Rum Judging - Ministry of Rum - Ed Hamilton Does sampling 53 rums over 2 days sound like a dream job to you? Join us as we take you through judging rums at the 2007 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition as part of Tales of the Cocktail.

Cocktail Challenge - Rhum Clement

Rhum Clement Cocktail Challenge It was an evening of shake, rattle, and roll as top mixologists competed in the Rhum Clément Cocktail Challenge.

Tales of the Cocktail 2006

Tales of the Cocktial - Andrea Thornton of Hotel Monteleone, Ann Rogers founder of Tales of the CocktailTales of the Cocktail 2006 attracted record attendance celebrating the history of the cocktail New Orleans style.

2006 Tales of the Cocktail Panels

Tales of the Cocktail - Hot Drinks, Cool Bars Panel Tales of the Cocktail 2006 provided guests with the opportunity to attend interesting panel discussions with trendsetting mixologists, celebrity chefs, and cocktail and culinary authors.

2006 Tales of the Cocktail Classic New Orleans Cocktails Seminar

Sazerac being muddled2006 Tales of the Cocktail seminar with Phil Greene and Chris McMillan provided a look into classic New Orleans cocktails.

Olfestival - Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark - Olfestival 2006 - Jeanette NielsenThere has been a dramatic increase in the number of microbreweries that have opened in Denmark over the past three years, making Tuborg and Carlsberg not the only choices anymore, as we experienced at Ølfestival 2006.

RC Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

Cevat Yildirim with his Apple CeationThe RC Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul features award-winning cocktails, a large whiskey collection and cigars.

Whisky Live New York 2006

Ian Miller Glenfiddich Master ClassWhisky Live New York 2006 at Tavern on the Green offered whiskey aficionados the opportunity to sample a dram or two of close to 90 whiskies and bourbons.

Polpo Restaurant and Saloon Cocktails

Polpo Restaurant and Saloon - The LaurentiniTaking a look at classic cocktails at a classic saloon; behind the bar with Marvin Cohen of Polpo Restaurant and Saloon in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

Heavy Water Vodka at Nest in New York

Jared Brown creating cocktails with Heavy Water VodkaCool new drinks from Heavy Water Vodka in a cool new location, Nest, in New York.

New York Hosts Tales of the Cocktail Party

Stefan Trummer and Jonathan PogashMardi Gras may have ended on February 28, 2006 with ‘Fat Tuesday’, but New Orleans is getting ready to celebrate again in July with the upcoming Tales of the Cocktail.

WhiskyFest 2005

Wild Scotsman Jeff Topping, Tina Topping, and John McdougallHow would you like to spend an evening with more than 250 of the world’s finest, rarest, and most expensive international whiskies to taste?

Whisky Tasting

Tartan Week in New York City - Whisky Live tasting!

Rum Tasting

According to Dale DeGroff’s book "The Craft of the Cocktail", one theory on how rum got its name is that the “Latin name for the species of grass we call sugarcane, is Saccharum officinarum, both of which words end in rum”.

Louis XIII and Highland Park

VINEXPO AMERICAS 2004 - Remy – People, Spirits and Cocktails. Discussion and tasting of Louis XIII cognac and Highland Park Scotch.

Mezcal, Liqueur and Tequila Tasting

Fest USA Spirits of Mexico!

Vodka Tasting

Hot jazz and cold vodka; what could be better?

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