Kara Newman (Spice & Ice) is the New York-based author of “Spice & Ice: 60 tongue-tingling cocktails” (Chronicle Books, 2009) and Spirits Reviewer for Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Tales of the Cocktail is just one week away! Already my mind is in New Orleans.
One of last year’s highlights was the tiki-themed Spirited Dinner. This year, I’ve already reserved my spot for RioMar. (holler if you’ll be there too!) In browsing through the options, I’m delighted by the bold cocktail choices dotting the menus, such as:
Gabriel’s Share (@ Bacco): Cognac, Sauternes, black peppercorns, sweet cherries (Quite a few peppercorn-spiked cocktails on the menus this year!)
Ocam’s Second Thought (@Boucherie) Bols Genever, Domaine de Canton, Trader Tiki vanilla syrup, Thai chile pepper
Pop (@Coquette) celery soda, vodka, Louisana hot sauce, lemon juice & peel, celery seeds
Paulina Meat Market Cooler (@Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse) Meat-infused cachaca, roasted chipotle pepper, agave nectar, fresh watermelon juice, lime juice
And yes, that only takes me to “D” in the list of restaurants, which should give an indication of how many other fabulous spicy cocktails are available if you make it through the entire list. Go ahead, make a reservation. You know you want to.