Vodka enjoys the rare distinction of being the most consumed liquor in the world, while simultaneously being the liquor most detested by cocktail bloggers and booze snobs.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with the stuff.  It’s like chicken – unexciting but unintimidating.

Vodka’s lack of flavor makes it the perfect addition to a cocktail, say some, while this lack of flavor imparts nothing to a drink, rendering it a worthless additive, say others. Then, of course, there are the myriad flavored and infused vodkas, ranging from espresso to mango to protein. Brilliant marketing ploy that makes vodka fun and accessible for all? Or a prime example of spirit abuse?

On July 23rd, representatives from both camps will fuel the fire and go toe to toe to discuss the matter further. The “I Hate Vodka, I Love Vodka” seminar at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans will feature panelists debating this most contentious spirit under the watchful eye of a moderator.

Whichever side of the line you stand on, it should prove interesting. Come check it out:

I Hate Vodka, I Love Vodka
Friday, July 23, 2010 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Grand Ballroom South, The Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon St., New Orleans
$40 (advance), $45 (door) – Tickets

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Vodka: A Love/Hate Kinda Thing : Blogging Tales of the Cocktail: 2010

[…] Voda. Vodka. Water of life. Love it or hate it, you can’t bloody well get away from it. It’s lurking behind you, like that creepy guy on the bus. Personally, I have two uses for it: the basic Bloody Mary, or shots of it, freezer-cold, with little bites of food. Still, I tended bar long enough to know, people love the stuff. It’s the focus of a Tales seminar, I Hate Vodka/I Love Vodka, and Kevin Gray drops us a preview. […]