Cocktail Recipes:Here are three of the best drinks I had at Tales. 1) The best Vieux Carre I've ever had was made for me at The Swizzle Stick bar inside of the Loews Hotel's Cafe Adelaide in the French Quarter. The drink, one of NOLA's classic cocktails, was named after the neighborhood. Just like New Orleans after nightfall, the Vieux Carre is dark, sweet and delicious. my post on the Foodzie blog last week. Here it is again, in case you missed it. Latin Quarter Teardrop Lounge (Portland, OR) Ingredients 2 oz Hennessy VSOP 3/4 oz Dolin Dry vermouth 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur 1/4 housemade Amer Picon (Brand name Amer Picon is only sold in Europe, but you can make your own. I plan to try this version from Jamie Boudreau) Directions Stir in a rocks glass. Serve up with a lemon twist. 3) I had a couple of surprisingly lovely drinks at Grey Goose's event on opening night. The first was a barrel-aged Negroski (Negroni made with vodka in place of the gin), and the second was a lovely compilation of pear and chocolate. Here are the specs for the pear and chocolate number: Feu D'artifice (means "fireworks" in Russian) Grey Goose Vodka Ingredients 2 1/2 oz Grey Goose La Poire 1/2 oz Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth 1 oz Monin White Cocoa Syrup Garnished with lemon peel Directions: Combine vodka, vermouth and cocoa syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Stir well and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
Food:1) Wood-fired Oyster Roast at Cochon Cochon Butcher Yelp page). Recommended to me by a cabbie. The fried chicken took so long that my friends and I polished off a whole bottle of U'Luvka vodka while we waited, but it was so worth waiting for. So happy we went here! Stanley Restaurant
Bar Products:Specialty bitters have been in the forefront in recent years as both mixologists and home cocktail enthusiasts have come to again appreciate the way these digestifs can alter the personality of a beverage. I even wrote about the health benefits of bitters in my interview with "Hangover Coach" Kendra Strasburg down at Tales. Ballast & Keel bitters made their public debut at Tales by offering samples of their noteworthy new concoctions for a donation. They're not yet available for retail, but some bartenders in NYC already already feature their unique flavors (such as "Strawberry & Indian Fennel" and "Cocoa Nib & Chili Arbol") in their libations. While Ballast & Keel won't be widely available until Autumn, two great brand of unique, high-quality bitters that you can get your hands on now are The Bitter Truth bitters and Bittermens Bitters. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350" caption="Bitter Truth Bitters. Photo credit: Drink PR"][/caption]
Photos:1) Taken by my friend Clyde Davis, Jr. of Chairman's Reserve at the Bols Genever Opening Toast. I really was that excited. Hotel Monteleone, the headquarters for Tales of the Cocktail Cochon Butcher Part One, Part Two, Part Three Great Local Culture in NOLA, Foodzie Blog A Bite of Old Favorites in New Orleans, Foodspotting Blog More Photos: Cocktail & Party Photos Dining & Food Photos
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