Windsor Court Hotel bartender, Christine Nielsen is mixing up one of the latest trends in cocktails, "Boozy Shakes".

"People are intrigued by frozen or blended.  Adding booze to different things that may be out of the box," she said.

Mixing ice cream, eggs, milk, salt, and beer are all new trends in drink-making. Carbonated adult beverages are also becoming trendy, she said.   

A few drinks Nielsen's created are:  The Dutchess Salt, which contains salt, whipped cream, chocolate ice cream and bols genever liquor.  The Aporol Spritz and Squared contains Aporol, fresh watermelon juice, and mint.  The Exotic Shake is made with rum, vanilla ice cream, homemade pineapple syrup, pineapple juice, benedictine whipped cream, and clove tincture.  

"I think we've all moved beyond just fresh ingredients and fresh juices," Nielsen said.  

Specialty coctails will definitely be available at the 10th annual Tales of the Cocktail taking place at the Hotel Monteleone starting July 25th and ending July 29th.   Tales of the Cocktail is the world's premiere cocktail festival.  At Tales, liquor brands will showcase their latest products.  Cocktail professionals and libation lovers will get together for seminars, competitions, dinners and drinking. 

For more information on Tales of the Cocktail and a schedule of events, log on to talesofthecocktail.com.