Tasting Panel Speakeasy When: Saturday, February 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Sands Building Bar, Hotel Valley Ho Entry: Free with AZCW wristband
Start off your weekend nice and slow with a stop by the Tasting Panel Speakeasy, put on by Tasting Panel Magazine. Here you'll be able to sample "premiere brand spirits and cocktails" including bourbons, rums, and tequilas. Entry to the event is free with an Arizona Cocktail Week wristband, which can be purchased for $10 at local BevMo! stores or online. The wristband also includes special promotional priced discounts on cocktails at restaurants throughout the state.
Cocktail Carnival When: Saturday, February 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: OH Pool, Hotel Valley Ho Entry: $25
This year's kick off party for Arizona Cocktail Week will be all about the "Dark Ages of the Cocktail." But whether you're into classic drinks such as the Appletini and Mind Eraser, this is a party you don't want to miss. In addition to elevated versions of those old school drinks booze hounds love to hate (think White Russians and Sex on The Beach) the carnival will include Cirque du Soleil pool acts, a photo booth...oh and lots of cocktails.
Women: The Old Masters of Whiskey When: Sunday, February 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Where: Sands Building, Hotel Valley Ho Entry: $25, $50 with signed book
Whiskey is certainly en vogue right now, so what better way to celebrate Cocktail Week than by learning a few new facts of the spirit? Let's start right now with the fact that whiskey was invented by a women. This panel, which will be moderated by bourbon expert and author of Women in Whiskey Fred Minnick, will include a Q&A with some of the top women in whiskey today including Victoria MacRae-Samuels, vice president of distillery operations for Maker's Mark Bourbon; Vicky Stevens, visitor centre manager and global ambassador for Laphroaig Scotch Whisky; and Tish Harcus, ambassador and historian for Canadian Club Whisky.