2006 Wrap-Up

New Orleans is still the perfect place to host an event that centers around the cocktail. The spirit of the cocktail is alive in the French Quarter where everyone is encouraged to not only taste and drink a variety of inspired concoctions, but to wander with them down the cobbled roads towards the next enthusiastic mixologist. The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society produces Tales of the Cocktail every year—a series of seminars, demonstrations, cocktail parties and design showcases. The non-profit organization is on a mission to preserve the rich culinary heritage that has evolved from New Orleans, a mission made more challenging since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Last year, events that attracted visitors back into New Orleans' rebuilding hospitality industry, were vital. The event spanned five days from July 19th to the 23rd, and included special guests Kevin Brauch, “The Thirsty Traveler,” mixologist and author Dale DeGroff, Chef Suvir Saran and Chef Marcus Samuelsson. The annual event is one of the largest mixology events in the country, attracting bar chefs from around the world to share innovative techniques and products, as well as celebrate the classics. A few of our favorite recipes: a classic English summertime Pimm's Cup and a dry, floral Elderflower Martini, among others.

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  Cocktail Recipes

Pimm's Cup

Kerri McCaffety, writer of Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New Orleans

Mojita Rita

Kim Haasarud, founder of Liquid Architecture

The Old Cuban

Thomas Connors, author of  Meet Me in the Bar: Classic Drinks From America's Historic Hotels

Elderflower Martini

Simon Difford, of CLASS Magazine

Monkey Gland

Dale DeGroff and Audrey Saunders of The Pegu Club

The Bishop

James Waller and Ramona Ponce authors of  Drinkology Eats: A Guide to Bar Food and Cocktail Party Fare

Malibu Breeze

Kathy Hamlin author of Bartender’s Guide

The Jasmine

Paul Harrington author of Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century


Jeff Berry of beachbumberry.com