Sorry for the delay, but I would be remiss not to share with you the last, but certainly not least, event that we attended while down in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail. After countless tastings and events from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday, I began to feel the exhaustion kicking in, and I questioned whether or not I would be able to make it to the Juniperlooza party Saturday night, sponsored by the Pernod Ricard Gin Portfolio. Luckily, I had my Tales Veteran counterpart, Stephanie, with me, giving me pep talks that yes, I could make it, and no, this was not a party I wanted to miss!
As we pulled up to the venue I saw food and drink trucks lining the perimeter of an outdoor patio, and I could hear the live music blasting from inside the venue (do we have any fans of Aloe Blacc out there, I can tell you he was AMAZING)! As I walked around I expected the same 3 or 4 cocktails to be served at each of the drink carts, but I was extremely wrong! There were 25 different cocktails, each made with one of the gins in the Pernod portfolio (Beefeater, Beefeater 24, and Plymouth) mixed up fresh, on site by 42 incredible bartenders (get ready for some name dropping folks) such as Jim Meehan, Tony Abou-Ganim, Lynnette Marrero, Erick Castro, Jason Littrell, Kenta Goto and many more!
I tried my best to sample each of the drinks, (keyword being sample), but have to report that I did not make it through all 25. I can tell you that some of my favorites included the Clover Shrub, created by Jim Meehan, the French 75 ‘Tony Style’, created by Tony Abou-Ganim, and of course, a classic Tom Collins.
- 2 Parts Plymouth Gin
- .75 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
- .75 Part Simple Syrup
- Cub Soda
Shake all ingredients with ice, except club soda. Pour over fresh ice into a highball glass. Top witih club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
This was such an all around memorable event, from the performances, to the atmosphere of the venue, to the amazing cocktails themselves, and I cannot wait for next year :) -KJ