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Fat Tuesday Tipples

With the arrival of Mardi Gras, I find myself reminiscing about my time spent in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, and I long to be down on Bourbon St. celebrating. Since I unfortunately can’t convince my bosses to send me down to NOLA (again), I will do my best with my Fat Tuesday festivities to turn New England into New Orleans.

The first drink on the menu will be a French Martini to represent the French Quarter.

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Hiram Walker French Martini

French Martini:

  • 2 parts ABSOLUT® Vanilia Vodka
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Black Raspberry
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Triple Sec
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice

Shake and strain into martini glass, garnish with a lemon peel.

A couple years back Cocktail Culture also featured a couple Mardi Gras themed cocktails designed to bring you to NOLA wherever you may celebrating.

Enjoy and happy celebrating!

KJ

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Friday Feature Cocktail: CosmoWhipolitan

Courtesy of Stephanie’s Instagram account (@thenjerzywaslike), here’s a CosmoWHIPolitan we together enjoyed in New Orleans this summer at our Cocktail Culture B-day Bash!

Recently I’ve been featuring cocktails that are perfect for the fall, which I will of course continue to feature throughout the season. However, I am currently on a getaway to Key West for the weekend, and fall cocktails are far from my mind (and far from my hand)!

As I lay by the pool with the sun beating down, it is not a pumpkin martini I am craving, but instead something sweet, fruity and fun to accompany my carefree state of mind! I decided that a CosmoWhipolitan fits all of the aforementioned qualities, and is what I will be mixing up for my vacation buddies! I’m sure a lot of you are reading this from an area that is not as tropical as where I am, but fear not, a CosmoWhipolitan can be just as enjoyable on a chilly fall day (or any day at all for that matter)!
CosmoWHIPolitan
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Whipped Liqueur
  • 1.5 parts Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1.5 parts Cranberry Juice
  • .5 part fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients in shaker and strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with an orange twist.

This fun spin on the classic Cosmo uses Hiram Walker’s newest flavor, a Whipped Cream liqueur that has received a lot of great reviews on where it stands in the Whipped Flavor Category (check out Serious Eats’ thoughts on Whipped here!)
P.S. Don’t forget about Hiram Walker’s latest Quest, Whip Things Up!, all you have to do is take (or photoshop) a fun photo that includes a bottle of Hiram Walker Whipped, the most creative photo submitted wins an iPad! Check out more details HERE and for some inspiration you can check out some photos that have been posted on the Hiram Walker Facebook Page!
Enjoy!
-KJ

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Drinks Best Served in a Hurricane Glass

Citrus Peach Fuzz Cocktail from Hiram Walker

Preparing for Tales of the Cocktail makes a lot of traditional New Orleans drinks come to mind: Sazerac, Vieux Carre, and Pimm’s Cup (OK, well that’s if you’re a fan of the Napoleon House in NOLA, like I am!) are among the many that come to mind first.

Yet there is no drink that better embodies the spirit of Bourbon Street than the Hurricane. The rum-filled concoction served in the glass of the same name comes from the famous Pat O’Briens bar.

But this bears the question: What other types of drinks can be served in a Hurricane glass?

Here are a few suggestions served up from the Hiram Walker recipe database, but I would welcome more of your insightful cocktail recipes as well!

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Cocktail

  • ¼ part Hiram Walker® Blue Curacao
  • 1 part ABSOLUT® Vodka
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice

Blend with ice until smooth and serve in a hurricane glass.

Citrus Peach Fuzz

  • 1 part ABSOLUT Citron® Vodka
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps
  • 1 part Cream
  • Fresh Peach slices

Pour all ingredients into blender; cover with crushed ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a Hurricane glass and garnish with a fresh peach slice.

Cheers!
SJ

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Pernod Ricard Events at Tales of the Cocktail

We’re just one day away from one of the biggest cocktail gatherings of the year. If you’re headed down to NOLA, keep this list of events handy so you can participate in some of the great drinking opportunities throughout the week presented by Pernod Ricard USA.

Pernod Ricard also will play host to two opening and closing parties that flank a plethora of other events at Tales of the Cocktail for 2011 – the Beefeater Welcome Reception on Wednesday and the Plymouth Bartender’s Breakfast on Saturday evening into early Sunday morning.

Here’s the rest of the handy list:

  • Absolut San Francisco Tasting Room
    2:30 PM to 4 PM, Wednesday
    The Iberville and Bienville Rooms, Hotel Monteleone
  • Absolut Bloody Mary Bar
    9 – 10:30 AM, Thursday & Friday
    Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar
  • Kahlua Coffee Bar
    8:30 – 10:30 AM, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat
    Hotel Monteleone Mezzanine
  • Irish Distillers Tasting Room
    2:30 PM to 4 PM, Thursday
    The Iberville and Bienville Rooms, Hotel Monteleone
  • Pernod Absinthe Green Hour
    3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Thursday & Saturday
    Hotel Monteleone Mezzanine
  • Negroni with a Twist Party
    4:30 PM to 6 PM, Thursday
    Acadia Suite, The Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Ricard Petanque
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Friday
    300 Block of Royal Street
  • The Spirited Award Ceremony sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA
    8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, Saturday
    Mahalia Jackson Theatre

A visit to Tales of the Cocktail on the web here or a download of the mobile application is the perfect way to keep a running tab (pun intended!) of all the week’s happenings.

I look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces in NOLA this week. Definitely feel free to shoot me an email so we can try to cross paths, or follow my action via Twitter at @stephaniejerzy.

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Tales of the Cocktail 2010

At the Beefeater Welcome Reception. You bet I brought the hat home with me!

Tales of the Cocktail has come and passed for its eighth year (and my first) and I’ve finally interpreted my glazed over notes to share some more insights of what I learned during my five-day stint in New Orleans. As a Tales newbie heading into this trip, I came back with quite a few thoughts (not sure I can call them words of wisdom!) that I don’t think any one individual’s personal advice could have prepared me for:

  • Nobody will look at you funny for spiking your coffee at 8:30 in the morning. The Kahlúa Coffee Bar was a dream come true for the non-bartender like me who is used to being up with the sun on a daily basis. Iced coffees were among the barista’s specialties, along with Rick Stutz’s tequila-spiked Black Paloma cocktail.
  • Multiple Bloody Marys do equate to a well-balanced lunch. Nothing says getting your full day’s serving of vegetables like with a Bloody Mary. And boy, did these cocktails fit the bill at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone! Making your brunch-time booze even more delectable was the opportunity to see Pernod Ricard ambassadors Simon Ford and Chris Pattino dressed as a tomato and celery stalk, respectively. Darcy O’Neil over at Art of Drink also introduced me to a fascinating new spin on this classic cocktail – The Bloody Caesar. Setting this drink apart from its kin is the use of clamato juice with your booze, which kicks up the Umami factor in your beverage.
  • Breakfast at Brennan’s is a meal of epic proportions. Delicious, yes. But believe me when I say I didn’t eat again until 8 pm!
  • The pit stop at Café du Monde is definitely worth the wait. With that said, do I think “OMG BEINEIGTS ARE THE BEST FOOD EVAHHH!!!”? No, thanks. I usually like to curb my fried dough eating habits at once a year – at the state fair.
  • Beefeater really knows how to ring in a party. I heard last year’s Welcome Reception was great. But this year’s shindig at the Contemporary Arts Center went above my expectations! With a Tim Burton inspired, Alice in Wonderland-on-LSD feel going on, we ushered in the start of Tales with classic Beefeater Gin & Tonics, along with a slew of creative cocktails served by some of the biggest names in the biz: Beefeater Global Brand Ambassador Dan Warner, Audrey Saunders, Roberts Hess, and Kenta Goto of Pegu Club were among the masses slinging drinks.   
  • Serving Chartreuse Swizzles out of flower vases is only appropriate beginning at 2 am. Just ask the guys and gals of the Mixo House.

    Enjoying a muffaletta lunch and a Pimm's Cup at The Napoleon House.

  • Hit up Napoleon’s House for a Pimm’s Cup. Don’t ask questions. Just do it.
  • No matter how much you plan ahead, plans change. I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from Tales is to not overbook your schedule. Allot extra time in your day for traversing through the Monteleone lobby & Carousel Bar – it’s a time warp! And expect the unexpected, life is more fun that way.  

Cheers!
SJ

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Recapping (and recuoping) from Tales

While there is plenty more coverage to come I thought I’d just share a quick update with you all that I have returned to Connecticut after a fantastic trip to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail. Needless to say, my liver has been a bit “overworked” and my arteries are clogged with fried deliciousness. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

So here’s the quick rundown. I went to New Orleans and, instead of a lousy t-shirt, I came back with:

  • My own copy of Jill DeGroff’s book, “Lush Life: Portraits from the Bar”
  • Not one, but two hats, acquired from the Beefeater Welcome Reception and Ricard Midnight Petanque, respectively. Sadly, I traveled by but did not enter Meyer’s hat shop on St. Charles, much to RumDood’s disappointment (I was on the streetcar at the time…)
  • A beautiful glass bottle etched by hand that at one point contained Mandarine Napoleón XO, a product that is not currently available in the states
  • Visions of chartreuse swizzles, courtesy of the Mixo House
  • And expanded knowledge on a wide range of subjects, from discussing emerging social media practices to exploring the sense of Umami
  • A plethora of business cards from all the new acquaintances I met and cannot wait to keep in touch with

I look forward to sharing more with you as I recap and detox from this wonderful five-day adventure. But in the interim, I would love to hear from you 1) your favorite memories from Tales and 2) the best thing (swag, spirit, bitters, tchatchkes) you managed to sneak back home in your suitcase.

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24 hours ’til Tales

New England’s recent sweltering heat wave (complete with humidity that this desert gal is not quite experienced in dealing with) was certainly great preparation for my upcoming descent upon New Orleans, the unofficially official birthplace of the cocktail. The occasion is Tales of the Cocktail, the spirits industry’s premier event for bartenders, bloggers, liquor reps, and brand ambassadors, and enthusiasts, among others to gather and celebrate the culture of the cocktail community.

There is still much more to learn upon my arrival from those veterans who have attended Tales before and – more importantly – survived. I’m slightly afraid for the safety of my liver, but as they say: When in NOLA, do as the N’awlins do or, rather, drink as the N’awlins drink.  Selena of The Dizzy Fizz did a great write-up of tips from the pros that have conquered this event before, so give it a read. If you have more tips and suggestions, please get in touch!

Anyways, since I can’t imagine any of you would be interested here in tracking my every move at Tales (plus, that’s what Twitter is around for. No stalkers, please.), here’s what I’m most looking forward to during my NOLA adventures. In no particular order:

  • The Beefeater Welcome Reception for a truly exciting Tales kickoff filled with Beefeater gin cocktails! It’s Wednesday evening at the Contemporary Arts Center , which looks to be a beautiful facility. I’ll be taking off from the CAC to the Elms Mansion for A Promenade of Jubilation, presented by William Grant & Sons
  • Breakfast at THE breakfast establishment, Brennan’s. Oh Banana’s Foster, here I come!
  • Celebrating the spirit of Le Paris at a Spirited Luncheon at Antoine’s. I’ll be there to celebrate French food and, of course, cocktails.
  • And then there’s the Tales Spirited Dinner series. We’re off to Le Meritage to enjoy a great meal with cocktails prepared by Jeffery and Jonathan Pogash.
  • You’ll probably catch me bright and early most mornings grabbing a complimentary cup (or two) of Joe at the Kahlúa Coffee Bar, along with a Kahlúa-inspired cocktail from Kaiser Penguin called “Black Paloma”.
  • Beignets and Po’boys
  • Catching some live music. The Tales After Dark series at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse has me intrigued, particularly the Brazilian-influenced Chegado.
  • Wednesday is also Steve Raye’s birthday so I’m sure we’ll be hoisting a few glasses to his youth. 😉 Join up and celebrate with us!

See you in NOLA!
SJ

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Kahlua’s Featured Brunch Cocktail: Black Paloma

"Black Paloma" cocktail from Rick Stutz, as prepared by Meaghan Dorman of The Raines Law Room, NYC.

The time has come to finally reveal the drink Kahlúa has selected to feature at Tales of the Cocktail. It’s Kaiser Penguin himself, Rick Stutz, and his exciting “Black Paloma” cocktail!

In case you haven’t been following along at home, Kahlúa coffee liqueur offered up a challenge to participants in the Cocktail and Spirits Online Writers Group (CSOWG.org) online chat room event – The Mixoloseum – to create a Kahlúa Brunch Drink perfect for the industry’s premier cocktail festival that starts up July 21 in New Orleans. Then we let loose Head Bartender and 2010 Tales Apprentice Meaghan Dorman of NYC’s The Raines Law Room to stir up the beverages for our thirsty judges. A panel of beverage industry and marketing professionals together selected Stutz’s “Black Paloma” from a group of finalists, many of which I featured here, here, here, oh, and here.

Kahlúa, the world’s number one coffee liqueur, will be serving delicious java and Kahlúa concoctions daily from 8:30 – 10:30 am at the Tales of the Cocktail Kahlúa Coffee Bar in NOLA. Along with an assortment of hot and iced brews, Stutz’s “Black Paloma” recipe will be stirred up by bartenders from many notable New Orleans hot spots.

“Rick’s drink stood out to us for its exciting fusion of citrus and tequila, and because the Kahlúa shined through so beautifully. Also, we thought it would pair well with classic brunch foods,” said Kahlúa Senior Brand Manager Michelle Sanders, “On our recent trips to Veracruz, Mexico, where Kahlúa has its deeply-rooted history, we’ve found that Kahlúa is often paired with fresh lime juice. It’s something you wouldn’t expect, but it’s phenomenal, and speaks to the drink’s versatility.  Rick’s ‘Black Paloma’ recipe perfectly captured that very same essence.”

Black Paloma By Rick Stutz:

Black Paloma, By Rick Stutz

1.5 parts blanco tequila
1.5 parts Kahlúa®
.75 part Fresh Lime Juice
.5 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
Pinch Salt
Top with Club Soda
Glass: Collins
Method: Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila, Kahlúa, salt, and juices. Top it off with club soda.

Congratulations to Rick for his phenomenal Kahlúa Brunch Drink recipe. We can’t wait to start each day with a Black Paloma at Tales! And many thanks to Meaghan and Kyle of Raines Law Room for stirring up all of our delicious finalists.

Cheers!
SJ

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“If It Smells Like Ass, Pull It Back”—Audrey Saunders, How’s & Why’s of Cocktails Seminar

CIMG3611Thursday at Tales started off…interesting. Steve & I met up with Camper English early for a wonderful breakfast at Begue’s. But on our way there, walking down Bienville, we had an unfortunate and horrifying experience. A truck carrying a sewage tank passed us by, revealing a huge hole in the tank and spewing said sewage before the street in front of us. The stink hit us like a wave and we practically broke out in a sprint, our hands pinching our noses.

Making memories…making memories.

Despite this start, the breakfast was great and so was the session that followed—The How’s and Why’s of Cocktails with Audrey Saunders.

This session started out fabulously with a tasty, foamy, citrusy Ramos Gin Fizz. Audrey & Tony C. discussed how best to bring classic drinks to modern times. They called it WWJTD (What would Jerry Thomas do?) VS. WSID (What should I do?). They made the point that classic cocktail don’t necessarily have to be made “by the book.” In fact, tweaking recipes from over sixty years ago can make them better (gasp)!

Other topics covered included using different gins for different cocktails (a point Audrey also made at the recent Gin Symposium in NYC), approachability behind the bar, the fact that Audrey appreciates a good Pina Colada or Cosmopolitan from time to time, and how to keep your mint from smelling like ass. And of course, in the case that the quality of your mint cannot be helped, pull it back!

More to come…

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If you think it’s hot here…

CIMG3590(The title of this post was taken from a sign in front of a missionary I passed on the Streetcar this afternoon—hilarious!)

For those of you who haven’t been following my footsteps on Twitter, I arrived in New Orleans yesterday for the Tales of the Cocktail festival. My trip didn’t start so well, after listening to the lady sitting next to me on the plane verbally assault our fellow travelers about their “flight etiquette” for a half an hour straight.

But things changed dramatically for the better once I was safely within the French Quarter limits. I’m staying at the Hotel Monteleone, a New Orleans landmark with a rich history. I’m so glad to be in the middle of all the action this year (last year we stayed in a hotel just outside the French Quarter).

In the evening, Beefeater Gin put on an amazing welcome reception which featured fantastic Beefeater & Beefeater 24 cocktails (like Lambeth Lemonade & Montford Spritz). They had outrageous actors in British garb, tasty food (though I did pass on the pig—I don’t like looking my food in the eye), and some fabulous attendees. Audrey Saunders, Dan Warner, and Blair Reynolds were just a few of the many bartenders slinging delicious gin cocktails for a packed house. Mr. & Mrs. Cocktail got up to say a few words and welcome everyone to Tales, and Mr. Desmond Payne (master distiller of Beefeater and Beefeater 24) even graced us with a few fine words about the work he’s been doing on creating and promoting the new Beefeater 24. Great fun was had by all—but I’m having a hell of a time trying to upload pictures at the moment so you’ll have to wait to see the proof!

Update: I think I’ve got this photo thing figured out now-here are a few:

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