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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 […]

Chris McMillian at Revel

“I’ve always looked for music for the bars I’ve worked in. Stumbled across Nellie Lutcher and she was one of the first black crossover artists in the 1940s—on Capitol Records […]