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It’s Tales of the Cocktail time!

July 15, 2008

This Wednesday, the country’s hottest chefs, authors, mixologists, bloggers, and more will descend upon the French Quarter for the annual Tales of the Cocktail, a four-day event in honor of the spirit — and spirits — of New Orleans. Why New Orleans? Well believe it or not, that is where the cocktail originated. Though I’ve never been, I can’t think of a better reason to visit. Unfortunately though, I’m unable to attend this year. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be celebrating this annual tradition. Instead, my friends and I will be hopping around New York City this Friday night, imbibing at classic cocktail establishments known for mixing up tasty old-school sips. Stay tuned for cocktails and happenings from the 1st Annual NYC Cocktail Bar Tour. In the meantime, check out the winner of 2007’s Tales of the Cocktail competition:

Starfish Cooler
Courtesy of Stacey Smith, GW Fins, New Orleans
1 oz. Moët & Chandon White Star
1 oz. Limoncello
1 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. Unsweet Iced Tea
½ oz. Simple Syrup

Muddle orange slice and mint leaf in collins glass. Combine all ingredients.

Lemon Fresh

June 22, 2008

Um, you can tell its summer because I seem to be going out more and sipping lots of cool cocktails, which means I’m blogging a whole lot more too. If you’re also looking for ways to beat the heat, try sticking a bottle of limoncello in your freezer. You can make limoncello yourself or pickup a bottle at the liquor store (I prefer Caravella). It’s the perfect sip for balmy summer nights. At Bar Stuzzichini in the Flat Iron District, the bartenders are using it to make the Sgroppino, a fizzy martini made with prosecco, limoncello and sorbetto limone (lemon ice cream). Or, try this one:

Caravella Limontini
Courtesy of Caravella
1 oz. vanilla vodka
½ oz. Caravella Limoncello
1 1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
squeeze of lime

Place all ingredients into a martini shaker along with several cubes of ice. Shake vigorously, strain into a martini glass and serve immediately. Garnish with a lemon twist.