Featuring eight host bars around the city, the Rochester Cocktail Revival has expanded in its second year to include more than 40 different tastings, dinners and seminar events from Tuesday, May 5, through Sunday, May 10. The Revival is highlighted by a large scale event sponsored by Larceny Bourbon at the Rochester Public Market on Friday, May 8, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature a liquid nitrogen exhibit, cocktail samples from Heaven Hill's master mixologist, live music, and drinks from Rochester bartenders. Tickets for this event and all other ticketed events can be found on the RCR website, rochestercocktailrevival.com.
There are a number of paired cocktail dinners to choose from as well. A couple of the more intriguing options are the Hecho en Rochester Mexican themed pop-up dinner with Mezcal pairing at Cure on Thursday, May 7; and the Low Country Whiskey event at Cheshire with James Beard nominated chef Paul Myers on Saturday, May 9. Don't fret if you don't feel up to buying tickets; there are plenty of free events to enjoy throughout the Rochester Cocktail Revival as well. The festivities kick off on Cinco de Mayo at Ox and Stone and are capped off on Sunday with the Second Annual Bar Room Battle Royale at Good Luck.