Put down that tired martini, and step away from the bar. There are more interesting cocktails to try.
CNBC was in New Orleans this summer for the 12th annual Tales of the Cocktail, a convention for bartenders, distillers and restaurateurs. Over the five-day event, organizers said, nearly 11,000 bottles were opened for mixing and sampling in tasting rooms, seminars and other events. With that many drinks in play, it's not hard to see a few trends emerging—ones perhaps better suited for wooing dates, impressing friends and winning over business contacts. Or heck, just drinking better.
Keep an eye out for these 10 on menus and in liquor stores near you.
—By CNBC's Kelli B. Grant
Posted 2 August 2014