Deets: Foxwoods Resort Casino’s popular Wonder of the Cocktail returns June 19-21 with a culinary and cocktail affair featuring a resort-wide celebration of free-flowing spirits, entertainment, epicurean experiences and intimate liquor tastings. Food and beverage professionals, spirit enthusiasts and foodies alike will taste exceptional liquors and wines, learn from global experts at master class seminars and dine with some of Connecticut’s top chefs.
Welcome Reception - Wednesday, June 19: Kick off the festivities with chef-crafted hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails and wines from all over the globe.
Booze and Bets - Wednesday, June 19: Enjoy premium cocktails from Johnnie Walker Black Label and Salute American Vodka while experiencing world-class gaming at Foxwoods’ table games including blackjack, roulette, craps and Texas Hold’em.
Sip-Savor-Swagger - Thursday, June 20: Dine around on fabulous cuisine from some of Connecticut’s premier chefs with expertly paired cocktails while listening to a jazz trio perform live.
Splash Into Summer Pool Party - Friday, June 21: Make a splash on the luxurious pool deck with featured spirits, food and fun in the sun.
Grand Tasting - Friday, June 21: Raise your glass for the grand finale that encompasses every facet of The Wonder of the Cocktail featuring the world’s finest spirits. Upgrade to a VIP package for access to the Luxe Room, featuring hand-selected brands that truly belong beyond the velvet rope.
Pop-up bars throughout the resort offering mimosas, bloody marys and the latest in lifestyle energy drinks are included in ticket packages to keep the festivities going and refresh spirits.
A series of master class seminar topics are also scheduled for Thursday, June 20, where industry professionals and spirit enthusiasts will learn the rich histories of liquor brands with intimate and interactive tastings led by global experts.
Topics and speakers include:
The Art of Blending: An Exploration of Diplomático Rum’s Unique Distillation Methods - Diplomático Rum's National Ambassador, Manny Peña, will lead guests in a unique hands-on blending workshop and tasting of the Distillery Collection to demonstrate the many faces of rum making through the lens of one of the world’s most iconic producers.
Agave Lab - Diageo Reserve’s National Educator of Latin Spirits, Jorge Raptis, will review the rich history of Mexico and tequila, with focus on highland tequilas Don Julio and DeLeón. Besides tequila, guests will delve into the amazing world of mezcal and its process by tasting cooked agave to understand the complexity of flavors that exist in the raw material and looking at different soil samples from the most important regions in Jalisco to understand terroir in the agave world. Guests will also sample different herbs and fruits from various regions, aging periods and casks as they explore the formation of flavor in Mexican spirits and get a firsthand look at the most unique varieties.
Westland: American Single Malt - Ambassador Jason Cousins will provide an in-depth look into Westland, where he will debunk the myth that Westland is a replica of Scottish Whiskey and prove how the brand is leading the emergence of an entirely new category of single malt whiskey. Guests will learn about Westland ingredients, explore the traditional and newly forged traditions, and wrap up with an exploration of the production and taste profile with a tasting of each expression.
Johnnie Walker Blending Lab - The Johnnie Walker Blending Lab will be an educational and hands-on blending experience to learn about the art of blending and all things Johnnie Walker. Guests will then have the opportunity to create their own customized blend.
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