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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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Blair Reynolds’ Getränkuchen Cocktail

getrankuchenThis post is a part of a series that will profile participants in the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition and their drink entries. The winner of the contest will be announced the week of Thanksgiving.


Blair Reynolds, of Portland, OR, is responsible for the awesomeness that is Trader Tiki. This cocktail blog is perfect for fanatical tikiphiles who keep dozens of homemade ingredients on hand at any given time and rarely reach for a drink with less than five ingredients. It’s also great for cocktail novices who just want to learn a bit (ok a lot) about Tiki drinks. More than just “booze blather,” Trader Tiki is very informative and features plenty of instruction on making great drinks.


For the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Contest, Blair created Getränkuchen, made with a little bit of homemade allspice syrup.  

Getränkuchen by Blair Reynolds:


 1 oz Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

 1 oz Dark Rum

 1 oz Half & Half

 *1 oz Allspice Syrup

 1 tsp Molasses

 2 dashes Fee Bitters


 Shake without Ice for thirty seconds.  Add Ice to the shaker and shake until well-frosted.  Strain into a Coupe, garnish with Spice Drops.


What’s that you say? You don’t know how to make homemade allspice syrup. Well, lucky for you, Blair sent along the recipe for that as well.


*Allspice Syrup


 8 oz Water

 16 oz Sugar

 2 Tablespoons Allspice Berries

 1/2 tsp Ground Allspice


 Set water and Allspice in a pot over high heat until boiling.  Add sugar and reduce heat to medium, stir until sugar is dissolved.  Let cool for 30 minutes covered, and strain into jar or bottle. Makes about 2 cups.


This one is really worth the work, so if you’re up for the challenge, give it a try and check out Trader Tiki for more great drink recipes.

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