This year was the first Tales Of The Cocktail that we’ve missed since way back at the dawn of the double aughts. Just couldn’t pull it off.

That won’t stop us from hoisting a glass to Travis Tober, a bartender at Eleven Plates who won the people’s choice award at this years fete. His category? The Bacardi 150th Anniversary Hand-shaken Daiquiri Competition.

Anyone who’s been to New Orleans Tales Of The Cocktail knows that it’s the premiere cocktail conference in the USA and anyone who emerges victorious from one of their numerous competitions is world class.

We can’t wait to head out to the rough and tumble western end of Austin to sample Tober’s winning entry; the “Ode To Hemingway”

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