“I love Kermit—a lot. He’s one of my top five people. He embodies everything I love about New Orleans—fun, good times. He’s a really sweet guy and I love hanging out at the Mother-in-Law Lounge. I’ve been going there Sunday evenings when they have a reggae band and Kermit’s always there, greets you with a hug, cooks food for everyone in the neighborhood. He’s always having fun; he’s always enjoying what he’s doing, so obviously I wanted to make a cocktail for him.
The drink I made is called We Partyin’ Punch. His catchphrase is ‘We partyin’…’ The drink is topped off with two different types of Big Shot sodas, strawberry and pineapple.
When you’re making a punch, it’s important that each different element in it doesn’t overpower another. It has to be bitter, sweet, fruity, fresh—all of those things, balanced.
The Mother-in-Law Lounge is so diverse. There are old people, young people. Black people, brown people, white people. Kids, families… And everyone’s there, just having a good time. I think that’s what Kermit is all about, providing a good time for everyone, and it brings him pure joy. That’s why the place is so warm and welcoming. Sometimes you go places and you’re like ‘I’m not sure if I’m welcome here or not.’ But at Kermit’s you know. That’s also why I love living in New Orleans so much. I’m from Connecticut originally and this will be my sixth summer here. For the first time in my life, I don’t feel like an outcast. I don’t feel like I have to tone down who I am to not step on people’s toes.
I moved down for college, to go to Loyola. I never finished—I was working full time, doing school and studying art and I was trying to pay for it all and have a life and be healthy and happy and it was so overwhelming. But I really love bartending. I’m happy, and that’s all that matters.
I do get wanderlusty moments, still. But honestly, where do you go after falling in love with New Orleans?”