Your ticket to Southern Arizona’s largest cocktail experience!

Casino Del Sol Resort
November 16 - November 18

A three-day celebration of the best in spirits, featuring seminars, competitions, parties, cocktail-paired dinners, parties, and world-class tasting

To raise money & awareness for our featured charities and non-profits, the Helen David Memorial Fund & the Museum of the American Cocktail

The Tony Abou-Ganim Southwest Spirit Summit, held Nov. 16th-18th at the newly-opened Casino Del Sol Resort & Conference Center, will showcase some of the world's finest spirits, with a special focus on spirits made in the Southwestern part of the US (and Mexico), and will include consumer and industry events. Spirit ambassadors and producers, including Ron Cooper and Dave Grapshi, mixologists and...beverage "geek" extraordinaire Steven Olson and Dale DeGroff and many others will be on hand for a great weekend of cocktails and culinary excellence. The event features consumer seminars, spirited dinners, two competitions, two days of tasting, a BBQ bash, and two happy hours for the ages. In particular, this event is geared towards introducing consumers to the wonderful array of spirit categories available on the market today.

All-Access Pass - $125
November 16th-18th

Make it a weekend celebration with an ALL –ACCESS pass to the Spirit Summit! Your all –access pass includes admission to Tony Abou Ganim -Iron Chef Happy Hour, Tiki Happy Hour, Jim Beam BBQ Dinner, Tasting Floor admission for Nov 17 and 18., Speedrack Competition and the Southern Arizona Cocktail Classic and Farewell Party.

Tasting Floor Pass- $40 per day
Saturday, November 16th

Sunday, November 17th

Enjoy over 100 of the world's finest spirits (whiskeys, scotches, vodka, gin and more)  ; attend exciting seminars lead by the leading authorities in the cocktail universe;  relax and unwind in the RedBull Recharge lounge and more.

  • Tasting Floor - Saturday 12:00pm – 5:00pm - BALLROOM C
  • Tasting Floor - Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm - BALLROOM C

Special Events, Dinner and Cocktail Pairings

Friday November 16th, 2012

  • Happy Hour: Iron Chef Cocktails with Tony Abou-Ganim-5:00pm-7:00pm-(FREE Event-Open to the public)-BALLROOM D & E

Kick off the weekend with event host Tony Abou Ganim as he re-creates the award winning cocktails from his latest challenge on Iron Chef America.  Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase and have Tony personally autograph his signature book, "The Modern Mixologist."

  • The Jim Beam BBQ BASH-$40-7:00pm-10:00pm-$40-OASIS POOL

You don’t want to miss this! Featuring a great whiskey-inspired BBQ dinner along with small-batch whiskeys and cocktail samples! (Includes cocktail samples and buffet-style dinner).

Saturday November 17th, 2012

  • Remy Cointreau USA Presents: Modern Tiki Happy Hour with Lani Kai-5:30pm-7:00pm-$40-BALLROOM A

Be a part of the fun as mixologist superstars Julie Reiner and Brian Miller  recreate Tiki cocktails from the most famous of all tiki bars, Lani Kai in NYC.   Attendees will sample  traditional tiki creations made with fresh juices & exotic combinations of rum and liqueurs.  (Includes cocktails samples)

  • Luna Malvado Presents: 5 Course Cocktail Dinner with Iron Chef Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim & Casino Del Sol Resort’s Best! -7:30pm-9:30pm-$75-PY STEAKHOUSE

Don’t miss out on this one of a kind experience hosted at Casino Del Sol Resort’s award winning PY Steakhouse! Tony Abou-Ganim and Casino Del Sol Resort’s Property Mixologist, Aaron DeFeo, will team up  with Casino Del Sol Resort’s top chefs, Jason Jonilonis and Erik Savin to create an extraordinary five course dinner featuring Sonoran cuisine with paired cocktails. $75 price includes gratuity.  A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Helen David Memorial Fund dedicated to providing assistance to bartenders affected by breast cancer.


  1. Understanding Agave with Steve Olson-$40-11:30am-12:45pm-SALON B

Join renowned experts Steve Olson (aka the wine-geek),  Tequila's "unofficial US ambassador,  David Graphshi, and "mezcal missionary, Ron Cooper, for an intimate blind-tasting-based seminar that will explore the mystique of agave-based spirits. (Includes cocktails samples)

  1. LUPEC presents: Women Behind the Bars: 1:00pm-2:15pm–(FREE with floor tasting)-BALLROOM B

Hanky Pankys and Gin-Gin Mules will flow as LUPEC ladies look back on our fore-broads. From mold-breaking saloon owners to current day cocktail mavens, women have had a vital, though often overlooked impact on the evolution of bars and cocktails. Lynnette Marrero and Meaghan Dorman of LUPEC-NYC, Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen of LUPEC Boston will be joined by Julie Reiner for this informative seminar.  They will present an inspiring history of ladies like Ada Coleman, former Head Bartender of the Savoy Hotel and Helen David, who opened the Brass Rail Bar in the midst of the Great Depression 

  1. American Tiki with Julie Reiner - 2:30pm-3:45pm - (FREE with floor tasting)-BALLROOM A

Learn the history and secrets of making Tiki cocktails, once a part of the most popular culinary trend in America in the 1950s.  Today, Tiki cocktails—featuring rums, exotic juices, and unusual flavor combinations—are hotter than ever thanks to  mixologist Julie Reiner who has been elevating the cocktail scene in NYC for the last decade, most notably with the opening of the Flatiron Lounge (2003), the Pegu Club (2005) and her latest venture, Brooklyn's Clover Club. (Includes cocktails samples)-

As co-owner and beverage director of the Flatiron Lounge, Reiner drew much of her inspiration from her native Hawaii by utilizing the freshest fruits and premier quality spices & spirits available in her original cocktails. Julie's beverage program at the Clover Club is highly focused on classics, and furthers her signature style of superior quality and green market ingredients. Flatiron, Pegu and Clover opened to rave reviews and have enjoyed a top ranking among the best bars in the world.

  1. Bombay Sapphire Presents: Hands-On Seminar - Ladies Only w/ Tony Abou-Ganim! Seminar includes a complete set of TAG bar tools! $25 - 2:00pm-3:30pm-SALON B

Join Tony Abou-Ganim, the Modern Mixologist, in a hands-on interactive workshop where you will learn the secrets of making great cocktails at home. Learn how to use the "tools of the trade", and to stock your home bar.  (Includes cocktail samples and a complete set of Tony Abou-Ganim bar tools)
Be it a classic Pisco Sour or Blood & Sand, or one of his originals created just for you like the Daisy Duke, he’ll show you how easy it is to craft these wonderful libations. From shaking to stirring, muddling to blending, Boston Shakers and Hawthorn Strainers, you’ll learn all you need to know to set up and tend your home bar. So if you want to impress your friends with your Mixology skills, or just that certain “special” friend, you’re sure to enjoy this entertaining journey into what it takes to make a great drink Includes a complete set of tag bar tools.

Sunday November 18th, 2012

  • Speed Rack National Competition-3:00pm-7:00pm-$20 (100% proceeds benefit breast cancer research)-BALLROOMS D & E

Speed Rack National competition, makes its Tucson debut  at the Tony Abou Ganim Southwest Sprit Summit.  One of the most exciting national cocktail challenges, Speed Rack  features the nation’s best female bartenders in an exciting fast pace competition. Includes cocktail samples, snacks, and music.

  • On The Town “Happy Hour with Dale DeGroff -6:00pm-8:00pm-$40 (Proceeds to benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail)-$40-BALLROOMS A & B

Join Award-Winning Mixologist and Author Dale DeGroff  for an evening of  cocktails inspired by music, storytelling.   (Includes cocktail samples)

  • 2nd Annual Southern Arizona Cocktail Classic Farewell Party!-7:00pm-10:00pm-$40-OASIS POOL

Rock the night away while enjoying the best street tacos and cocktails from some of Tucson’s best mixologists as they battle it out to see who is the best in the Southwest.


  1. Gin Daisies with Charlotte Voisey (FREE with floor tasting)- 11:30pm-12:45pm-BALLROOM A

Explore the wonderful world of gin & gin cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Charlotte Voisey.   Charlotte Voisey, Company Mixologist with William Grant & Sons USA was recognized by the James Beard Foundation in 2009 for contribution to mixology. Charlotte's unique cocktails can be found on menus across the world. (Includes cocktail samples)
Recent consulting projects include the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, FIG and Fairmont, Santa Monica, The Dorchester Hotel in London, Kenmare, Cienfuegos and the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan and most recently the W Hotels Downtown NY and Austin.   Charlotte is a regular on American TV, notably CBS' The Early Show, Fox & Friends and the current series of Top Chef Masters 2010 and The Next Iron Chef America.

  1. Vodka Tasting Panel (FREE with floor tasting)- 1:00pm-2:15pm-BALLROOM B

Join 4 of the world's foremost vodka authorities as they explore the ever increasing popularity of Vodka in its many forms.

  1. Lucas Bols Presents: A History of Punch w/ Jason Asher & Marcos Tello - 4:00pm-5:15pm (FREE with floor tasting)-BALLROOM B

Discover the origins of punch, one of the world’s oldest & finest mixed drinks and the godfather of modern cocktails.  Jason Asher, mixologist for Young’s Market & Marcos Tello, Brand Ambassador for Bols Genever will be on hand to guide attendees through punch history, preparation, and a tasting of fine genever-based punches. BALLROOM B

  1. American Whisky with Beam Global’s Masters Mixologist Bobby Gleason-2:30pm-3:45pm-. (FREE with floor tasting)-BALLROOM A

Taste and experience  American Whiskey as master Beam Global's Master Mixologist Bobby Gleason guides you through the Jim Beam whiskey portfolio,  (Includes cocktail samples)
Las Vegas-based Robert "Bobby G" Gleason has been a professional bartender for over 22 years and is recognized worldwide as a champion mixologist. He has been published in Penthouse, Sante, Market Watch, Cheers, Night Club and Bar magazine, and is a regular contributor to Las Vegas magazine and In addition, he has appeared on television on CNBC, E! Entertainment Television, and the Travel Channel.

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