15 Sips from the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala

Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 15 Sips from the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala

[Photographs: Chris Lehault]

3,000 cocktail lovers attended the kickoff of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic at the New York Public Library on Friday, and over 40,000 drinks were served. (That's right, that's about 13.3 cocktails per person...but don't worry, many folks tasted a few sips of each one and the moved on.) It seemed like every nook of the grand building was filled with revelers, from a wild subterranean dance party (complete with acrobats on swings) to a red-lit lounge upstairs. The libations included great renditions of the classics and fanciful new creations, featuring a wide range of spirits (including up-and-coming brands.)

Check out the slideshow to see the drinks we enjoyed (and what was in them) »

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic continues through Tuesday, and some event tickets are still available.

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