Tuesday, February 20

Bons Moments (Good Times)

Happy Mardi Gras!

This cocktail is one of my own creations. I think it captures some of the essence of New Orleans. I started with the key elements from the French Martini switched out the vodka with our own Southern Comfort and started experimenting from there. I think it is the perfect Mardi Gras Cocktail!

Southern Comfort was born at McCauley’s Saloon on St. Peter Street in 1874. Tennessee whisky made its way down to New Orleans in the form of barrels. Due to climate conditions and the time it takes for the barrels to get down the river there was a lot of variation in the whisky. The owner of the McCauley’s Saloon did not like these variations and decided to do something about it by adding his own special blend of peach, orange, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon. This mix became very popular under the name Cuffs and Buttons but with a little marketing spin SoCo is born. (24)

The last ingredient is Chambord which is a raspberry liqueur made in France in 1685 and just like the deep French influences in New Orleans; Chambord in this cocktail has a powerful effect.

And finally, the colors of the drink and garnish represent the good times of this libation. In the tradition of Mardi Gras: purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold represents power.

1.5 oz Southern Comfort
0.5 oz Fresh Lemon juice
0.5 oz Fresh Lime juice
1 oz Chambord
Lemon and lime spiral for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon and lime spiral.

As you take a sip of this drink take note of the melting pot of flavors just like those of New Orleans.

Photo by LaArtist at iStockPhoto.com

Saturday, February 10

Fenian's in Jackson MS

My birthplace is Jackson, Mississippi and there is a small Irish pub there that I'd like to make note of. The place is called Fenian's and it is in the heart of J-Town on the corner of Jefferson and Fortification.

While I was there recently I met a barman that went by Super Dave! The man was definitely a showman. As he made his drinks he recited poetry. He was often making multiple drinks at the same time, and he could make a mean Manhattan.

It wasn't just Super Dave! stealing the show... he and his co-bartender, Toni made a great team. Toni and Dave worked really well together. There was one point where Toni and Dave were making the same drink (one would get ice, the other would get ingredient 1, the second got ingredient 2, etc...).

It was good to see my old stomping grounds in good form. If you are ever passing through the city on I-55 look for the Fortification Street exit and stop off for a round. You won't be sorry.