Arizona Cocktail Week Announces Seminars and Speakers for 2017 Event

Arizona Cocktail Week, the Southwest’s premier event for hospitality professionals and cocktail enthusiasts, today announced the upcoming seminars and speakers for the 6th annual event, held February 17-24.

Arizona Cocktail Week is a week-long celebration of the craft of the cocktail that includes everything from parties, spirit tastings, and educational seminars, to cocktail competitions, drinks specials and dinners. The vast majority of the main events take place at the Hotel Valley Ho, in downtown Scottsdale, and in the general vicinity of the hotel.

Tickets, which are limited for all events, can be purchased at

Seminar highlights Include:

Beyond the Smoke: Understanding Cannabis in Food & Beverage

February 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Tropicana Room

This seminar, presented by The Clever Root, will explore the potential culinary and beverage applications of cannabis, as well as offer an in-depth education into an emerging category in the F&B space. From the ABCs of CBDs, to responsible dosing and the basics of various extraction methods, this seminar will offer F&B industry professionals an inside look at the future of cannabis and its place in the hospitality industry.

Secrets of a Home Bartender

February 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sahara Room

Speaker: Randy Tarlow Liquid Alchemist.  When making your own bar, learn some of the tricks of the trade and helpful tips in creating your own mixology bar at home – from Syrups 101 to product selection to bar tools.

The Art of the Tiki

February 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Building

Speakers: Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove), Georgi Radev (Mahiki London) will discuss the past and present of the art of Polynesian Pop.  From the mugs, carvings, music, cocktails, and more, you’ll learn how the art of tiki shapes the complete guest experience.  You’ll sip on exotic cocktails while shopping at a bazaar filled with art by some of the most famous tiki artists living in the Southwest today. Sponsored By: Re’al Bar Ingredients and Don Q Rum.

The Cold facts on the Hottest Brew

February 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Building

Speaker: John Gozebekian – “Cold” brewed coffee has been hot over the last 5-10 years. It is not a new trend, it is a renewed one. Just because a coffee can be “cold brewed” doesn’t mean it should be. Get the facts on what makes a cold brew coffee, how it works and the benefits and drawbacks. Find out about the different types of cold brewed coffee, both “still” and “Nitro” infusions. Sponsored By Cult Coffee.

British Invasion from tea sippers to cocktail shakers

February 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Hotel Valley Ho – Sands Building

Some of the most creative, award winning bars have come out of London. And over the last two decades, it has become an international cocktail powerhouse. How did it get to this point and what has been the driving force behind it? In this British Invasion, we meet some of the biggest names in the cocktail scene from across the pond and get an inside look into it’s past, present, and future. And shed light on what has taken place for London to gain its edge and continued reign in global cocktail domination. Speakers: Declan Padraic McGurk from Savoy, Jake Burger (Portbello Gin), Simon Thompson (Callooh Callay), Georgi Radev (Mahiki London).

Speakers/Talent highlights Include:

Martin Cate – Speaking at the Art of Tiki seminar

Cate is a rum and exotic cocktail expert. Owner and creator of Smuggler’s Cove, which features the largest rum selection in the United States and cocktails from over three centuries of rum history.

Georgi Radev – Speaking at Art of Tiki seminar

Radev is creator of the first UK Tiki festival called Spirit of Tiki. Works at Mahiki one of the top cocktail bars and nightclubs in the UK.

Tony Abou-Ganim – Leading a panel discussion on The Dark Side of the Industry seminar

Abou-Ganim is widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world.  He has made dozens of national TV appearances on shows including TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News and more.  Abou-Ganim is the author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails.

Chris Cardone – Renowned Flair Bartender, speaking at Accent Flair seminar

Cardone has 16 years of bartending, hospitality, and nightlife experience and is a two-time national Finalist of Diageo World Class (2014 & 2016), the world’s largest global mixology competition. Also a 4-time national flair bartending finalist

Armando Rosario -Did his master thesis on Cachaca, leading the What the Hell is Cachaca?? seminar

Rosario has spent 30 years of his life passionately pursuing the art of the crafted cocktail. Only by traveling across the globe, relentlessly seeking education and mastery did he earn the designation Master Mixologist.

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