It`s fun at the Tales! so many tastings, so much to try and so many events and parties…..well you can only do so much…..and you will STILL be uber busy…. :-)Â When I try to remember all the things that we did it all get`s a bit confusing, but here are as a sort of Tales wrap-up of a couple of the fun things we did:
House of Angostura Brand Ambassador, the one and only, Daniyel Jones, picture Laura Godel.
House of Angostura Cocktail Challenge Finals at the House of Blues!
This was a great event and with great food! The House of Angostura always takes well care of you….and this timeÂ we got to make our own roast-beef poboys…. 🙂 how cool is that!? then try and vote for the contestants drinks. My favorite drink was the Trinidad Cobbler made byÂ Elizabeth Michiewicz and she also won! see her beautiful winning cocktail here and get the recipe to both the cobbler and her other drink, “The Lost Days”!
TheÂ House of Angostura also won the Spirited Awards cathegory forÂ Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient!! with their latest product the Amaro di Angostura! a product I have tried and reviewed earlier and it`s such a nice product, congrats! well deserved!
Angostura also had a pool party -“Orange is the new Black” butÂ we did not manage to get there earlyÂ unfortunately…and that was a bummer because I really wanted to get me on of those gorgous bath towels….oh well… and the place was so packed you could barely walk…..
And then they also had a tasting which I sadly missed because I was at a seminar….that`s the problem, there`s many things that happens at the same time…and sometimes itÂ´s damn near impossible to pick or make it in time…
Tiki Titans at the Cane and Table
The Dynamic Duo so powerful they sprouted a third head! Get ready for a night of rum-filled misadventures when three modern masters of the exotic cocktail pour their takes on three vintage drinks from the big three: Donn Beach, Trader Vic, and Steve Crane!
With a little help from our friends at Flor De Cana, youâ€™ll find respite from the NOLA heat inside the historic confines of Decatur Streetâ€™s own Cane & Table.
Sip on refreshing rummy libations lovingly served by Nick Detrich (co-owner, Cane & Table, bartender, and affable ginger), Paul McGee (co-owner Lost Lake Chicago, bartender, and beard connoisseur), and Martin Cate (owner Smugglerâ€™s Cove San Francisco, plays a bartender at Tales).
The seductive sounds of bongo drums and electric drink mixers will guide you to safe haven in our rum-filled port! Come thirsty!
The Dynamic Duo`s were back this year again!
It was hot and yes we were thirsty………
The Lost Lake and the Jet pilot!
Brought to us by these hard working guys!
Bulleit Family Affair Presented by Bulleit Bourbon
Every year the Bulleit family presents a lavish tasting or dinner at the Tales and this year was no exception, the Bulleit tastings are simply NOT to miss! not only is this a nice bourbon (and rye) but it`s also a very nice family; they are really nice people.
This year they caught me by surprise though…because they had King Cake!! I didn`t expect that at all….not in the middle of the summer! but when I think about it, I remeber last year, they had Crawfish Monica….so obviously they are trying to pamper us with some of the best of the out of season things you can get here! 🙂
And did I enjoy!
But it was not just the King Cake and the grits and the everything else you could eat, it was also great cocktails served and not the least, nice people and a good time to be had!
Bulleit King Cake…
….and more King Cake…where else can you get both king cake and cheese grits on the same freakin`plate?! only at the Tales! and it made a fab breakfast 🙂
Plantation Stiggin`s Fancy Pineapple rum!
More nice tastings….refreshing cocktails from Rhum Barbancourt and then of course, the famous Stiggin`s Fancy! all these tastings everywhere….it`s one of the best things I think! that and meeting all the people but of course also the seminars.
And not only did I see a whole lotta pineapples at the Stiggin`s tasting but I also met a real pineapple man!! ;-D I don`t know how he does it…but Rocky is everywhere!
An interesting take on the Mai Tai was also presented – Â theÂ â€œMai Oh Mai Stiggins Fancyâ€ based on the Trader Vic`s recipe but with a twist, containingÂ Plantation Stigginsâ€™ Fancy Pineapple rum, fresh lime,Â Ferrand Dry Curacao, salted macadamia nut syrup, and Fee`s barrel aged Whiskey bitters and then garnished with such a thing as a savory blue cheese stuffed olive!
The elusive Stiggin`s Fancy, the Plantation Pineapple rum that tastes like a dream!
Quickly we passed Rhum Barbancourt`s tasting on our way to a seminar…..but we tried a aÂ cocktail with Rhum Barbancourt and the Pango. It was very nicely set up with beautiful tropical decor but too little time……
Rhum Barbancourt and Pango.