It totally amazed me how we’d go into a tasting room at Tales of the Cocktail and it would look one way, we’d come back in a couple of hours and it would be transformed into something completely different. The Catdaddy display took the cake!! They did Christmas in July and we were literally in a Winter Wonderland complete with icicles, snow, and presents.
Catdaddy is a spiced Carolina Moonshine from Piedmont Distillers of Madison, NC. Coming in at 80 Proof, it’s American corn and triple-distilled and totally small batch.
While this is great chilled and sipped straight up, it also has a clean spicy taste that’s great in cocktails.
1 1/2 oz Catdaddy
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Mix all ingredients together in a shaker, pour into highball glass with ice. Enjoy!!
99 Berries liqueur
Pour in shot glass. Bottoms Up!
1 1/2 oz Catdaddy
1/2 oz simply syrup
3/4 oz lime juice
Shake over ice and strain into martini glass. Top with club soda.
Vodka sno cones!! #totc (Taken with Instagram)
9:30 am - Continental Breakfast at the Bienville House
10:00 am - Absolut Bloody Mary bar
Bloody Mary with Absolut Citron
10:30 am - Coffee Cupping Education - sponsored by Kahlua
Tasted 4 coffees, Shot of Kahlua Midnight, Sip of the rum used in Kahlua, and a Kahlua Cocktail
12:10 pm - Random cocktails in the lobby of Hotel Monteleone
12:40 pm - Meet up with the Chocolate Bar (fun times!)
1:30 pm — Headed to lunch
1:36 pm - Realized I no longer had my cell phone
1:38 pm - Searching hotel for cell phone, desperately asking at the front desk, even called the Lost & Found
*Fighting back tears*
2:22 pm - My brother sends a tweet telling me to reach him
2:34 pm - Fellow Cocktailer receives said tweet and I use my phone to call him
My brother knows where my phone is!!! My phone is at the hotel waiting on me!! The person the found my phone (God bless them!!) checked my contacts and called Dad and Mom, my Mom called my brother and he tweeted me.
2:40 pm - Shot of Chartreuse in celebration of the prodigal cell phone
3:00 pm - Pick up my cell phone from the hotel, grab a tasting of Bulleit on the way out
*Hop in Pedicab to Whiskey & Whiskers
Taste a little Auchentoshan straight. Then a Will-O-the-Wisp and a Blood & Sand. The men get shaves, the women sit around with their cups. We hear a rumbling…the heavens open right on up to the rain! Hard and heavy. Whatevs, we have cocktails, we’ll wait it out!
5:ish pm - Indie Spirits that Rock
Saw Melanie Asher of Macchu Pisco and had a Pisco Sour, Deaths Door Spirits had an amazing cocktail with gin, etc etc etc
6:ish pm - Returned to my room to freshen up and head back out for a midnight toast at Absinthe House
Sat down on bed, figured I head time to rest before midnight.
Got up, feel slightly refreshed, but a bit of a headache. No matter, I’m still hanging out with the crew!! I yawn and stretch, look over at the clock…5 AM!!!! BURN!!!
A Day in the Life at Tales of the Cocktail - New Orleans, LA 7/26/12