Bartenders mix holiday spirits at Tales of the Toddy Dec. 17

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Cane & Table's Nick Detrich and Chris Hannah of French 75 at Arnaud's competed at Tales of the Toddy in 2014. - CHRIS MAC
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  • Cane & Table's Nick Detrich and Chris Hannah of French 75 at Arnaud's competed at Tales of the Toddy in 2014.

There will be an excess of holiday spirits at Tales of the Toddy Thursday, Dec. 17, as 52 local bartenders compete in the holiday drink competition sponsored by Tales of the Cocktail. The 10th annual holiday event features special drinks from 26 teams, food from area restaurants and more.

The mixologist roster includes Kimberly Patton-Bragg of Three Muses, Paul Gustings of Broussard's Empire Bar, Mark Schettler of Bar Tonique, Nick Detrich of Cane & Table, Braden LaGrone of Cure, Abigail Gullo of Compere Lapin, Chris Hannah of Arnaud's French 75, Steve Yamada of Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29, Nathan Dalton of The Catahoula and many others. Bartenders work in pairs and made a drink using spirits they were assigned in a random drawing. They don't have to make hot drinks or nogs, but there are some of those styles of drinks. Matt Lofink and Michale Yusko of Bellocq created No Woman, No Nog using Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey, Madeira, banana cinnamon syrup, heavy cream and an egg yolk. Gusting's Making Southern Punch combines Maker's 46 bourbon, Praline Pecan liqueur, El Guapo Sweet Potato Spiced Syrup, heavy cream and cinnamon. Quetzalcoatl's Curse is Mexican hot chocolate spiked with Milagro Reposado tequila.

The party features food from Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29, Mopho, Square Root, Electric Eggroll, Cane & Table, Creole Creamery and other restaurants.

Judges will award a prize for top cocktail, and there is a costume contest and prize for attendees. There's music by the Virtuosa Quartet.

The event is at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 and VIP early admission ($75) is at 5:30 p.m. and includes free parking and a gift.




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