This is the 32nd installment in our cocktail series In the Spirit, featuring local bartenders who create drinks in honor of Louisiana musicians. This month, we put fancy mixology aside for a moment and focus on a neighborhood staple as well as a customer favorite.
“I chose Little Bob and the Lollipops. When I first heard their song “I Got Loaded” it was on WWOZ, during [bartender and DJ] Murf Reeves’ show. I loved it, and I’ve been listening to it ever since. It’s a great R&B song, a roll-your-windows-down, have-a-good-time song.
I’ve been here at Cosimo’s bar for about a year and a half. I’m only at Cosimo’s because I need time for other stuff. I play music; I have a little gig over at Pearl Wine every other Thursday.
I realize this isn’t a mixed cocktail, but I wanted to do a beer and a shot special, because we don’t really do fancy cocktails here—this is a real neighborhood bar. You get your shot and you get your PBR or Miller High Life, that’s it. Basic.
Who orders a beer and a shot? Almost everyone who walks through the door. Most of the people do PBR with Jameson, that’s the go-to, but I like Wild Turkey 101. It has a nice burn. It warms you.
Lost of service industry people drink here after their shifts. They get their shot, because you need a shot after your shift, and sip on their beer, and then they just sit down and don’t talk to anybody sometimes. I know I like a shot after a shift. Most of the crowd here is either service industry people, or super-local neighbors.
The point of having a shot and a beer instead of two beers is the need for that period at the end of the sentence, sort of. You’ve been on your feet, running around, talking to people all night, and then you need that shot that says ‘done.’ It’s also nice in a bar when people do shots together. I’ll take a shot with a customer, and there’s a nice camaraderie there. You can build a community with shots. It shouldn’t be based on that, obviously, but if you have a lot of people in a bar that don’t know each other and you line up some shots for everybody—cheers!—people start talking and become friends by the end of the night.
Coors is my favorite domestic beer. I’ve always enjoyed it and I’ve always enjoyed the people who drink it. You get this fun crowd that goes along with it. I love a good stout, but sometimes you just need to quench your thirst and have something light and easy. We all know it’s not the best quality product, but maybe you want something on the watery side.
I learned to bartend in North Carolina. I was broke and lied my way into my first job at a wing shack, saying I had experience. The day before I practiced pouring water out of a wine bottle with a pour spout on it. There’s an ambulance sound you can make and it’s the perfect four count. ‘Dee-do, dee-do.’ That’s still in my head. If I’m busy, there are always ambulances in my head.”