- Feel like a kid in a gourmet liquor shop as you sip your way through a dizzying array of top-rated adult beverages at the Ultimate Cocktails, Spirits and Wine Blast this Fri. Oct. 15. Sample hundreds of tipples judged by F. Paul Pacult’s inaugural Ultimate Beverage Challenge earlier this year. Expect world-class bartenders, author signings, seminars and savory bites. Bloomspot and Time Out New York are offering discounts on tickets (enter the code “TONY1015” for 50% off), priced at $90 ($110 VIP). From 6:30 to 10 p.m. (VIP 5 to 10 p.m.) at Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (44th and 45th Sts).
- On Sun., Oct. 17, Frankie’s Sputino and Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens are holding their annual Oktoberfest with traditional Bavarian fare and drinks. The party goes from noon to 6 p.m. in the backyard, with a special music performance following. 457 Court St., Brooklyn.
- Oy–also on Sun., Oct. 17, is the Tenth Annual NYC International Pickle Day, featuring free samples of all sorts of pickled veggies, fruits, meat and cheese. What’s this got to do with cocktails, you ask? Well, if you’ve ever had a pickle back (a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice) you might appreciate the variety of “briiiine.” From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the parking lot on Broome between Essex and Ludlow.
- With the recent success of San Francisco Cocktail Week and this week’s London Cocktail Week, it’s no wonder that Portland, Ore., wanted to get in on the celebration of their cocktail culture as well. Get ready for Portland Cocktail Week, Oct. 21 to 24, in conjunction with the Great American Distillers Festival. Highlights include a tiki bash, a meat tour and a Benedictine ball.
- And you have until Oct. 31 to submit your entries for the Bols Around the World Cocktail Competition. The theme this year is “Mix Your Way to Cocktail Heaven,” seeking the most divine drink containing a Bols product. Two North American finalists, as judged by John Lermayer, will win a three-day trip to Amsterdam to compete with six other international finalists in February of 2011. Up for grabs are some hefty cash prizes: first place gets 2,500 Euros (about $3480 US), the second-place winner will receive 750 Euros (about $1045 US) and the third-place winner goes home with 500 Euros (about $696 US). You must be a working bartender to enter and your submission must contain at least 3/4 of an ounce of a Bols liqueur.
Rick's Picks' new "Hotties," sriracha-habanero pickles, will be served on Saxelby Cheesemongers' grilled cheese sandwiches at International Pickle Day Sun. Oct. 17.