Boston gets shaking – and stirring and sipping – when Thirst Boston returns. The big cocktail weekend comes to town Friday, April 28th through Sunday, April 30th with a whole array of neat (and on-the-rocks) happenings. From event planning duo Maureen Hautaniemi and Nick Korn of OFFSITE, there’ll be a packed schedule of educational seminars covering everything from sherry pairing to flair bartending, the magic of cognac to cocktail competing. Classes are priced a la carte, or you can opt for a day or weekend pass that includes access to the conference’s killer parties, like the New England beverage fest, State Lines, or the frothy, frozen Gender Bender Blender Bender. Get all the details – and tickets – online here to raise the boozy bar.