Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. The last day to indulge, imbibe, and get intoxicated before midnight strikes and Ash Wednesday arrives. You can’t fully celebrate Mardi Gras without a cocktail in hand. And what cocktail is more fitting than the New Orleans Hurricane. Back in the 1940s, New Orleans bar owner Pat O’Brien faced an inventory … Continue reading Celebrating Mardi Gras with a New Orleans Hurricane
Alma Cocina, located downtown in the 191 Building on Peachtree next to the Ritz and just south of Hard Rock Cafe, quickly won my heart when they opened in December. I have to admit up front, I’ve never been much of a tequila drinker. I also have to say that I try to avoid the … Continue reading Cocktails and tequila shine at Alma Cocina
You can’t talk cocktails without giving a nod to the daiquiri. Granted, for years my “nod” was a shaking of the head in disapproval as I watched slushy mixtures of frozen daiquiris come out of machines, or being prepared with pre-made commercial mixes. Remember the Fat Tuesdays Daiquiri Bars with the slushy machines churning out … Continue reading Vintage Cocktail Project: La Floridita Daiquiri
I was required to take a physical education class in college. It didn’t take long for me to peruse the course catalog and decide that fencing was the sport for me. After all, as a theater major, who knew when I might need those mad fencing skills on stage. Unfortunately, my fencing career was brief. … Continue reading Vintage Cocktail Project: Lucien Gaudin Cocktail
This week the legendary Elaine Stritch turned 87 years old. In honor of her birthday, we take a look at a drink she helped regain some popularity – The Vodka Stinger. In 1970, Stritch took on the role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim’s Company and delivered the big 11:00 number, “The Ladies Who Lunch.” Another … Continue reading Another Vodka Stinger?