Monday, November 10, 2014

3 Classic New Orleans Cocktails with Kirsten Weiss

Bourbon Street. Okay, so the street wasn’t named for the beverage, but it certainly fits the New Orleans drinking culture, which gets started sometime in the early afternoon. Or sooner.

My latest paranormal mystery, The Hoodoo Detective, is set in New Orleans. In the interests of research, I sampled the local cocktails. It’s research too good not to share, so here three some classic New Orleans cocktails and recipes.

The Ramos Fizz

Invented in 1888, this New Orleans drink is a refreshing citrus blend of orange water, lime juice, and cream.
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce cream
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, to taste
  • 2-3 drops orange flower water
  • Ice
  • Seltzer

Shake everything but the seltzer for at least one minute. Strain into a chilled Collins glass and add seltzer to taste (generally an ounce or two).

The Obituary

You need to like licorice to like this absinthe cocktail. If you do, be prepared. The drink lives up (down?) to its name.

·        2 ounces gin
·        1/4 ounce dry vermouth
·        1/4 ounce absinthe

Shake it. Drink it.

The Sazerac

The Sazerac became New Orleans’s first “branded” cocktail in 1850.

·        1 cube sugar
·        1½ ounces (35ml) Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon
·        ¼ ounce Herbsaint or Absinthe
·        3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
·        Lemon peel
·        Ice

The mixing here is a bit tricky. Chill an Old-fashioned glass and set it aside. Put the sugar cube at the bottom of a second Old-fashioned glass and pour the bitters over it, then crush the sugar cube. Add the whiskey or bourbon to the mixture. Take the chilled glass and coat it with the Herbsaint or Absinthe, tossing out any excess.  Empty the sugar cube mixture into the first glass and garnish with the lemon peel.

Have you got any favorite New Orleans memories? (They don’t have to be cocktail related). Share ‘em in the comments below!

And then go buy my book. :-)

The Hoodoo Detective
Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mysteries
Book 6
Kirsten Weiss

Genre: Urban fantasy/Paranormal mystery

Publisher: Misterio Press
Date of Publication:  October 31, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9908864-1-9

Number of pages: 291
Word Count: 75,000

Cover Artist: Becky Scheel

Book Description:

Hoodoo, haunts, and horror.

Riga Hayworth just wants to wrap up her supernatural TV series exploring the magic of New Orleans. But when she stumbles across a corpse, she becomes a police consultant on a series of occult murders, murders that quickly become all too personal.

Book six in the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries.

Available at Amazon  BN  Kobo

About the Author:

Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth paranormal mystery series: The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective, and The Elemental Detective. She’s also the author of a steampunk novel, Steam and Sensibility.

Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone.  Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking good wine. 

You can connect with Kirsten through the social media sites below

Twitter: @RigaHayworth

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1 comment:

Kirsten Weiss said...

Thanks for hosting me! I hope you enjoy the recipes!