What would a weekend in New Orleans be without a good cocktail? While visiting the crescent city for a bachelorette party, I had the pleasure of sampling some of the city’s famous cocktails while learning the history behind them. Who knew that hundreds of years in culture could result in a drink?! Maybe it’s just that you need a strong one to absorb the centuries of rich history poured into one short tour around the French Quarter. The Cocktail Tour was a great way to kick off a weekend with the girls. You also can’t visit NOLA without some beignets and brunch at Commander’s Palace. After a long three days of over spicing, over saucing and over indulging, I’m finally fully recovered. I even managed to bring back some official recipes to stir up some great memories!
St. Charles Hotel Punch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 ½ ounces of lemon juice
1 ½ ounces of ruby port
1 ounce Cognac
1 dash orange curacao
Dissolve the sugar with a little water in a mixing glass. Add the lemon juice, the port wine, the Cognac and last the curacao. Fill the glass with fine ice and jiggle with the bars poon. Pour into a long thin glass, garnish with fruit, and serve with a straw. * Don’t omit the straw; this drink demands long and deliberate sipping for true enjoyment.
Spicy Cheese Straws by Commander’s Palace
1 ¼ cups quality cheese
¾ cups A.P. Flour
½ stick room temperature unsalted butter, diced
1 large egg yolk, beaten
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix together the flour and cheese with your hands. Work the butter in with your hands. Add the egg yolk and seasonings and continue to work with your hands. Kneed the dough for a few minutes until it is a shiny ball. Roll this out to 1/3 inch thickness. Cut into 2 inch strips and place on a an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 15-20 minutes or until golden orange. Let cool.
Makes about 5 dozen and can be stored in an airtight container.