Happy Hour takes on new meaning when Diageo throws the largest VIP Cocktail Hour possible in New Orleans. The bartenders and mixologists put a modern spin on the most influential cocktails from the 1900’s to present day.
Bartenders measured, stirred and shook their concoctions to pleasant perfection. Gin reigned supreme, but there were a few smoky Scotch cocktails to whet the palate. If this Cocktail Hour had been more than mere tasting, Valentino’s Demise could certainly have been my downfall. Jim Romdall created a lovely drink with perfectly balanced smoky sweetened charm. You definitely need to make this for yourself.
Valentino’s Demise – created by Jim Romdall, Vessel, Seattle
1-1/2 ounce Clynelish 14 Year Old
1/2 ounce Clear Creek Kirschwasser
1/2 ounce Punt e Mes
1/2 ounce Clement Creole Shrubb
Dash Bitter Truth Xocolatl Bitters
5 drops Caol Ila 12 Year Old
Combine all ingredients into mixing glass with ice. Stir. Strain into chilled coupe glass. Top with 5 drops of Caol Ila 12 Year Old.
Diageo’s VIP Cocktail’s Through the Decades Cocktail Hour at The Cabildo presented numerous drink recipes to sample. Look for more recipes from the party in the coming weeks.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.