Cocktails, Mocktails & Ghost Stories
Where was the cocktail invented? What is the difference between a cocktail and a toddy? Can a hurricane be perfectly balanced and delicious? You’ll know the answers to these questions and more after spending some time in this virtual event. Laissez les bon temps rouler is more than a local phrase. It is a rallying cry to embrace and enjoy life to the fullest. Let’s let the good times roll with a classic New Orleans hurricane, a French 75 or one of Chef Amy’s signature cocktails or mocktails. You’re “gonna pass a good time cher” during this festive virtual event, and if you’re lucky you will meet the resident ghost in the Langlois kitchen. Costumes and flair welcome.
The Classic New Orleans Hurricane
This cocktail became popular at Pat O’Brien’s bar in 1940s New Orleans. It’s said that O’Brien created the heavy-on-the-rum drink as a means to get rid of the large stock of rum his distributors forced him to buy. It was poured into a glass shaped like a hurricane lamp, hence the name. Other folklore points out that the code name to enter Pat O’ Brien’s was “storm’s brewin”, believed to have also influenced the name of this iconic cocktail. Chef Amy will delight you with the many stories and evolution of this esteemed New Orleans’ tradition.
The French 75
The French 75 is a cocktail held in such high esteem that it falls easily, though with the elegance and grace one would expect of a high-society French Madame, into the realm of a classic cocktail. This drink is a tapestry of gin and bubbles, gracefully woven together and packs a hidden punch. The French 75 is one to turn to in times of celebration; to raise your glass and ring in the new year, the new baby, the new job, the new… teapot. Yep that will do. It’s also a perfect cocktail to serve as an aperitif as the bubbles will help lift the mood in no time. Chef Amy will enlighten you on the varied history of this esteemed cocktail and guide you through the process of it’s creation.
For the Teetotalers
Our chefs are happy to demonstrate a non-alcoholic drink, a simple syrup or other recipes to create the perfect mocktail. There is nothing like an iced cold tea with homemade simple syrup. Worry not, we got you covered.