Tales of the Cocktail RECAP!
Cocktail Chicks Correspondents Nancylee Myatt and Paige Bernhardt enjoyed some of the fun events and of course, amazing cocktails, during Tales of the Cocktails in New Orleans. Here are a few photos, highlights and Tales of their own.
Tales of the Cocktails is an annual event (now in it’s 8th year) celebrating well crafted cocktails in the city that claims to be the birthplace of the cocktail. It’s become the premiere event for cocktail legends, historians, experts, and enthusiasts to gather and bend and elbow together.
So, in the name of research, (it’s a tough job but someone has to do it) we hit some seminars, events, a spirited dinner and lunch, a tour, and of course imbibed our way through the weekend. For a complete list of the Tales of the Cocktail events and recaps check out their website.
It seemed that every bar and restaurant in New Orleans was getting in the cocktail spirit. The Hotel Monteleone was the host hotel and the Carousel Bar was ground zero.
It was great to catch up with friends and family who joined us for the weekend, some of whom we had seen at Tales past, as well as make new friends. Plus we got to meet in person our pals and cocktail enthusiasts from Twitter and the on-line cocktail community.
We kicked off the week with a cocktail sampling at the Museum of the American Cocktail with our friend and Bar Chef from the Swizzle Stick Bar, Lu Brow. We got to catch up with King Cocktail, Dale Degroff and wife Jill (whose art is fantastic!)…
…as well as Chris McMillan
Seriously starting the week with cocktail royalty! We met some of great bartenders who are making a name for themselves, as well, and sample some of their new recipes.
Then we were off to get our burlesque on with Dita Von Teese at the House of Blues. It was a fun and super sexy show sponsored by Cointreau, who came up with a special cocktail for the event: The Cointreau Teese.
1 1/2oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Apple juice
1/2 oz Monin violet syrup
1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
Shake well and strain into a martini glass with ginger around the rim of the glass.
Can you say…Yum.
On Friday, Paige attended a seminar held at the Museum of the American Cocktail, a part of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, which is located just off the food court at the famous Riverwalk Marketplace.
The History of Bar Tools and Bar Ware from the 1800’s to Today
Fascinating, actual specimens of bar tools at this symposium hosted by author and collector Jim Walker at the Museum of the American Cocktail along with noted collectors Mark Biggler & Michael Silvers of Uber Bar Tools. With Dale DeGroff shaking up delicious cocktails.
Can’t beat that!
Mud Puddle Books
The other seminar Paige and Nancylee went to on Friday was…
Social Media: Creating Cocktail Legends
Fri, 23 July 2010
0 The Riverview Room, Hotel Monteleone
“Bars, bartenders, spirit makers, and cocktail enthusiasts are using the unique opportunities social media provides to leverage their business.”
Camper English, Jennifer English, Brian Rea
Very interesting in terms of how our cocktail community is expanding and keeping up with the current, exploding trends in social media and marketing.
Wednesday was the official opening day of Tales — we started with The New Orleans Original Cocktail Tour. Popular historian and tour-guide Joe Gendusa took us on a walk through history “with a twist.”
Each tour explores famous bars and restaurants of the French Quarter and the stories and spirits that made them famous. It was sponsored by St-Germain, and they followed us on the walking tour with cocktail cart (and water) in case we needed something refreshing between stops. And it was a great reminder that in New Orleans you can actually take your drinks “to go.” On our tour we went to Antoine’s and Court of Two Sisters. Both great old New Orleans restaurants with signature cocktails and amazing histories. Joe has written a book called “History With a Twist — Lemon or Lime” which gives all the great stories about these restaurants and cocktail recipes which accompany them.
If you’d like the book you can contact Joe directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday morning we started with eye-openers at the Swizzle Stick Bar. This Meet-Up/Tweet-Up was inspired by Wendy Miller @LUPEC_Seattle.
Wendy was looking for a bar/restaurant created and run by women. Wendy and her Lupec Ladies (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) from Seattle, Philly, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and other female cocktail enthusiasts from around the country gathered to meet each other in person and enjoy Lu Brow’s Brandy Milk Punches, Bloody Mary’s, Ramos Gin Fizzes and Mimosas. @CocktailChicks Lally Brennan and Chef Chris Lusk from Café Adelaide mingled with the Ladies and answered questions about food and cocktails across New Orleans. It was a great way to start the day.
We were so inspired by the LUPEC gals and their love of cocktails and the cities that they hail from that we launched our own New Orleans chapter that morning. Our first meeting and membership cocktail gathering will be at the Swizzle on August 26th. For more information and to follow our events and escapades follow us on Facebook and Twitter @LUPEC_NOLA.
Here’s a link to some great coverage of the event from Liquid Muse.
It’s worth investigating LUPEC chapters in your own city.
More recaps to come!!!!!
- Paige Bernhardt and Nancylee Myatt