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In the Spirit: Rachel Theriot at Petit Lion at the Troubadour Hotel

“I’ve worked in the service industry for over a decade now. I started in my hometown of Baton Rouge, and worked in a French bistro and fondue restaurant for a […]

In the Spirit: Lauren Holton at Turkey and the Wolf

“I love unusual ingredients. The basis behind all the cocktails I make is that I want there to be some kind of story behind each one. I think of a name […]

In the Spirit: Jacob Cureton at Annunciation

“I just met George [Porter, Jr.] at Dos Jefes. I was sitting there with one of my good friends and he was all drunk and it was his birthday and he […]

In the Spirit: Alex Siler at Primitivo

“When I first came to New Orleans, we were doing a lot of busking just to pass the time. That was in 2007. It was mostly for fun—we had jobs […]

In the Spirit: Lisa Nguyen at Seaworthy

“I’m from New Orleans and I met King Louie [Bankston] when I was 24. I was dating a friend of his at the time, and he was such a crazy […]

Craig Seaman at Bar Frances

“It’s fun to think about a person as an influence as opposed to a spirit or a style of drink. Helen Gillet, I’ve seen her perform a bunch. She’s one […]

Adam Orzechowski/Trinity

“Most of my cocktails have a person in mind, in the background, but I’ve never created a cocktail for a musician before. This cocktail came about by me just playing […]

Justin Gehrmann at Kingfish

“For this drink, I went with Buckwheat Zydeco. I love that front porch music. That sit­-down, laid­-back toe tapping. Naturally, I named my drink after something to do with the […]

Richard Odell at Tujague’s

Richard Odell, bartender (RO): I’m Richard. Marc Paradis, musician (MP): That’s my middle name! RO: Dick in the middle. Got it. [laughs] Well, come on back here. Just remember that […]

Isaiah Estell at Cavan

“I was going for something almost cartoonishly French. Calling it Cartoonishly French also crossed my mind, but I think the Royal Garden Sour fits better. Sidney Bechet’s ‘Royal Garden Blues’ was […]