Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced the master class seminar topics and speakers for the second annual Wonder of the Cocktail, which is taking place from June 19-21.

Industry professionals and spirit enthusiasts will learn the rich histories of liquor brands with intimate and interactive tastings led by global experts. All seminars are scheduled for Thursday, June 20 and include:

Foxwoods Resort & Casino

Foxwoods Resort & Casino

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 a 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. They will also look at different soil samples from the most important regions in Jalisco to understand terroir in the agave world. Guests can sample different herbs and fruits from various regions, and discuss aging periods and casks as they explore the formation of flavor in Mexican spirits and get a firsthand look at unique varieties.

Westland Whiskey, bottles on trophy stand display

Westland Whiskey

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 whisky and prove how the brand is leading the emergence of an entirely new category of single malt. 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.

Aperol Spritz, cocktails in a row being mixed

Aperol Spritz

Johnnie Walker Blending Lab

The Johnnie Walker Blending Lab will be an educational, 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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The seminars are part of the three-day culinary and cocktail affair, featuring a resort-wide celebration of free-flowing spirits and epicurean experiences, including “Booze and Bets” with Foxwoods’ world-class gaming; “Sip-Savor-Swagger,” a dine around with some of Connecticut’s premier chefs; “Splash Into Summer Pool Party” with featured spirits, food and fun in the sun; and the “Grand Tasting” finale with the world’s finest spirits.

Individual seminar tickets and event packages are on sale now. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-800-FOXWOODS.