One of our favorite events of the year, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference (SACC), is on the horizon, and we’re getting so excited for all of the amazing events on the roster.

Now in its ninth year, SACC brings together some of the country’s top bartenders, enthusiasts and brands for five days of parties, educational seminars and guided tastings to celebrate craft cocktail culture. Tickets are on sale now for the January 2020 event, and all proceeds are donated to children’s charities that are dedicated to shelter, safety, healthcare, mental health and food stability.

SACC Ice Sculpture

SACC Ice Sculpture

While there are too many amazing events to mention here (you can see the full schedule on SACC’s website), here are a few of the fun, cocktail-filled happenings to expect from this year’s conference:

Live Music and Cocktails

Live Music and Cocktails

Mezcal & Amaro – The Myths & The Folklore: This seminar takes a deep dive into how these two spirits were once used for medicinal purposes, how they are consumed today and how to use them in cocktails for both recreational and therapeutic purposes. The panel includes Danny Mena of Mezcales de Leyenda, Fabio Parziano of Amaro del’Etna, and author and bartender Gaby Mlynarczyk.

Tasting Class

Tasting Class

Opening Night at the Majestic Theater: This kickoff event is not to be missed! The Majestic Theater will act as a beautiful backdrop for an evening of fun, which includes brand experiences, live music, cocktails and delicious bites.

Bartender Garnishing Drink

Bartender Garnishing Drink

Go Ahead, Play With Your Whiskey!: In this educational seminar, Heather Greene will lead an interactive experience where attendees will get a chance to nose, taste, blend, batch and proof the spirit, just like the master blenders do.

Waldorf on the Prairie: The historic St. Anthony Hotel is one of the grandest in the city with a mix of New York Edwardian-era decor and Texas charm. This stunning event will feature cocktails paired with music and food, starting at Peacock Alley and continuing throughout the space into the Anacacho Room and mezzanine.

Tasting Suites: On January 18 from noon to 4 p.m., a network of tasting suites in the St. Anthony Hotel will give attendees the opportunity to learn about new spirits, international and regional brands, and cocktails by interacting with ambassadors and representatives.

Gin: Past, Present, and a Juniper Future: Jesse Vida explores the history of gin, where it is now and what the future holds for the juniper spirit in this educational seminar where attendees will taste their way through classic gin cocktails.

Cocktails Under the Big Top: The circus is so much better when there are libations involved. This event will feature the coolest live entertainment, delicious food, live music and perfect cocktails to close out SACC 2020.

In addition to all of the amazing official SACC activities, ticket holders will also receive a morning email detailing off-schedule tastings and spirit-sponsored events, so there is truly something for every type of cocktail aficionado. To learn more and purchase tickets for this year’s conference, visit SanAntonioCocktailConference.com.