Klaus just returned from Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. He made quite a splash down at the cocktail lounge named Cure. Located in the newly renovated UPTOWN section of town, this vibrant cocktail bar has recently been called by influential publication named Foodista the Best Cocktail bar in America.
Klaus was a popular guy at the bar. Neal Bodenheimer the owner of Cure actually scooped up the little gnome and introduced him to the friendly bartenders and wait staff. Klaus has quite a following. Everyone wanted to buy him drinks. It was said that Klaus had his own media badge!
Klaus was especially fond of Brugal Rum. The new Extra Dry caught his attention and he filled his chest flask full of a very special punch that I just created using aromatic that spoke clearly of the heat and the humidity that says New Orleans in the summer!
Rum based cocktails somehow work better in the heat and the humidity that say New Orleans. The plethora of fresh herbs, especially mint and basil mixed with fresh fruit juices and the Extra Dry Rum make for a mind-eraser of a most pleasant kind.
Tales of the Cocktail is a yearly event run by Ann Tuennerman and her husband Paul along with a veritable army of volunteers and supporters. She was kind enough to grant me a media pass this year. This year, Klaus came along for the experience that only can be called Tales.
The Dropping Shucks Cocktail is named for New Orleans’ own Louis Armstrong. It is based on a classic cocktail named the Hurricane but without the horrible end results.
Each recipe makes two nice strong cocktails
2 shots of Brugal Extra Dry Rum
Juice of 2 limes
Juice of 1 orange
Bitter End Curry Bitters
Royal Rose Strawberry Fennel Syrup
Tomr’s Tonic Syrup
Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
In a mixing cup, fill ¼ with ice
Add the Brugal Extra Dry Rum
Add the fruit juices
Add 2 Tablespoons of Royal Rose Strawberry Fennel Syrup
Add 2 Tablespoons of Tomr’s Tonic Syrup
Add 4 Drops of the Bitter End Curry Bitters
Shake and strain into a tall cocktail glass
Finish with the Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and a chunk of lime