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Monday, July 07, 2008

Spirited Dinners

In less than two weeks, drink enthusiasts from across the country will be converging on New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail. We can't wait for all of the festivities, the first of which for us will be the Spirited Dinners on Thursday night (July 17th). If you haven't already, be sure to snag a ticket for one of these fantastic dinners. They bring together a veritable who's who of bartenders from across the country collaborating with the best chefs in New Orleans for unforgettable pairing dinners. We'll be attending the dinner at Palace Cafe, dreamed up by the incredibly talented Jim Meehan of PDT and Imbibe contributor Paul Clarke in partnership with Chef Ben Thibodeaux. Here's a sneak peek of the menu, and for the rest of the line-ups, click here:

Greeting Cocktail
Canton Collins (Pisco, Canton Ginger Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda)

Hors d’oeuvre
Silver Cilantro Gin Fizz - recipe below - (Gin, Lemon Juice, Cilantro Syrup, Organic Egg White, Club Soda, Green Chartreuse)
Grilled Lobster in a Cilantro and Lime Crema on congree cakes

First Course
Cafe Colada (10 Cane Rum, Lime Juice, Banana Sorbet)
Sweet Potato and Blue Crab Sopa with chili-buttered black grouper baked in a banana leaf

Second Course
Brennan’s Buck (Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Navan Vanilla Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Aromatic Bitters and Ginger Ale)
Vanilla and Black Pepper Crusted Lacquered Duck Salad

Third Course
Three Leaf Julep (Cuervo Traditional Tequila, Agave Nectar, Parsley, Cilantro and Mint)
Cumin-Crusted Wild Boar with caramelized plantain relleno, chicharrones and chimichurri

Dickie’s Derby (Toasted Pecan Infused Bulleit Bourbon, Clover Honey, Grapefruit Juice)
Nanny’s Persimmon Cake with spiced honey, toasted pecans and chèvre ice cream

Recipe: Silver Cilantro Gin Fizz
created by James Meehan
1 1/2 oz. Plymouth gin
3/4 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. Cilantro syrup (recipe follows)
1 fresh organic egg white
2 oz. club soda
1/4 oz. green chartreuse
Glass: fizz or small highball
Garnish: cilantro leaf

Add the gin, lemon, cilantro syrup and egg white to a mixing glass. Dry shake (without ice), then add ice and shake again. Strain into the glass (no ice) and top with club soda. Float the Green Chartreuse over the top of a bar spoon into the glass. Garnish with one cilantro leaf in the center of the foam.

Cilantro Syrup
Heat 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat. Add 7 - 8 sprigs of cilantro to the pan and infuse for approximately 10 minutes or long enough for the syrup be flavorful, but not bitter. Allow to cool, cover and store in the refrigerator for up to four days.


annie said...

I'm so sad that I won't be going to this. :<

Jen said...

The cilantro gin fizz sounds super tasty. Any way you can share the full recipe?

Imbibe Magazine said...

Jen, we've added the recipe to the post. Enjoy!

k.c. said...

Wow; what a great recipe. I'm heading to NYC in a few weeks and can't wait to check out PDT. All of my NY buddies tell me it's the best drinks in New York.

Siobhan said...

K.C. - having just visited NYC and PDT myself, I can attest, the drinks are amazing! Enjoy your trip.

Jen said...

Thanks for the recipe!

buenowayno said...

Imbibe seems to get more amazing with each issue. Nice work people! The Cilantro Gin Fizz was great on the patio today :)

-Always, Wayne Roemhildt
p.s. I more proud than ever to have been a part of the first issue.

jmk said...

I second Wayn'es kudos. The new issue is fabulous. I can't wait to make the orgeat syrup and thanks for finally making it clear how to say that word..I've always butchered the pronunciation.

kindviet said...

i am sad i did not attend the spirited dinner at palace cafe. the menu looked awesome but i like to try a diff. place each year and this year for me was the pelican club. yeah great issue i especially like the highlight piece on using spice in cocktails using different liquers like domain de canton.