Mixing New Orleans!
Any cocktail lover knows that New Orleans is a mecca for spirits, of all kinds. I became acquainted with many fantastic cocktail books while attending the fifth annual Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, in July. However, the one that really grabbed my attention and pulled at my cocktail-loving heart strings was Mixing New Orleans.
The cocktail was invented in New Orleans, so this book, which shares wonderful old classic cocktail recipes, also educates the reader about the people behind the drinks. It provides an insiders peek into the places and lore surrounding this darkly intriguing and colorfully exuberant drinking city!
Author, Jennifer Adams spent weeks bouncing from shadowy bar to rowdy pub, from historic inn to luxury hotel and she interviewed bartenders, bar owners and barflies along the way. She takes us on a fascinating journey spanning centuries across the streets of The Big Easy. Jenny’s enthusiasm for the topic and editorial experience (Assoc. Editor for Nightclub & Bar Magazine, and writes the monthly “Hip to Sip” for Greater New Orleans Living Magazine) spins decades of cocktail history into tasty little digestible sips. (pictured here: myself and Jenny)
New Orleans is a city with an unwavering soul, and in the face of recent challenges the people and culture prevail. The “cocktail” is so integrated into the city’s identity that without a Sazerac, Pimm’s Cup or historical ties to Absinthe, New Orleans would be missing some of the most intriguing characters – and late night adventures – that make it the complex web of eccentricity that it is!
(Hey Santa! This is the kind of book you buy for yourself, and then throw in another copy for a friend.)
Laissez les bons temps rouler! (hiccup!)