Tales of the Cocktail

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We are thrilled to host one of the top annual events of the summer at our New Orleans hotel: Tales of the Cocktail.

Founded in 2002, the event brings together the world’s top mixologists, bartenders, and chefs for five days full of cuisine, culture, and most importantly – cocktails.

This New Orleans festival takes place July 19-24, 2016 and includes a series of seminars, mixing competitions, networking opportunities and other spirited events. It is also a chance for new and popular liquor brands to showcase their products.

As a proud host of Tales of the Cocktail, we wanted to share some of our favorite New Orleans drink recipes:

The Sazerac – A New Orleans Classic Cocktail

The Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans and is an old-fashioned variation of a cognac or whiskey cocktail. It is also sometimes referred to as the oldest-known American cocktail, dating back to pre-Civil War New Orleans. Sure to be featured at Tales of the Cocktail. Here is the drink recipe:

  • 1 cube sugar
  • 1½ ounces (35ml) Sazerac Rye Whiskey
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Lemon peel

Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice. In a second Old-Fashioned glass place the sugar cube and add the Peychaud’s Bitters to it, then crush the sugar cube. Add the Sazerac Rye Whiskey to the second glass containing the Peychaud’s Bitters and sugar. Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Herbsaint, then discard the remaining Herbsaint. Empty the whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel.

The Hurricane – A Signature New Orleans Cocktail

The Hurricane is a famous New Orleans drink was first prepared in the one and only Pat O’Brien’s. It was intended to be served to sailors passing through – thus the reason for the hurricane-lamp glasses. However, its popularity quickly caught on and has become a mainstay in the French Quarter. Here is the cocktail recipe:

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • Juice of a half a lime
  • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp grenadine
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish

Squeeze juice from half a lime into cocktail shaker over ice. Pour the remaining ingredients into the cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

The Ramos Gin Fizz: A New Orleans Cocktail Invented in the Crescent City

The Ramos Gin Fizz was first made by Henry C. Ramos in 1888 at his bar, the Imperial Cabinet Saloon on Gravier Street in New Orleans. It was very popular before the Prohibition and was made famous by the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Here is the drink recipe:

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) gin
  • 1 dash (3 to 4 drops) orange blossom water*
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) seltzer

In large cocktail shaker, combine gin, orange blossom water, egg white, half-and-half, lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 25 seconds. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds more.

Strain mixture into 8-ounce glass. Slowly pour soda water down inside edge of shaker to loosen remaining froth. Gently ease soda water/froth mix onto drink and serve.

Enjoy Tales of the Cocktail at Our New Orleans Hotel

Every year Tales of the Cocktail has provided delicious concoctions – we’re sure this year will be no different!

For more information on Tales of the Cocktail, please visit their website.