“For this cocktail, I start by pouring a double shot of espresso over ice before adding the other ingredients. Then I’m ready to shake it up.
Because this is a strong, caffeine-fueled cocktail, it makes sense to have something like this before a night out or maybe during Sunday brunch—something to get you ready for whatever you want to do.
Doing this for Rebirth was obvious to me, just seeing that band live and hearing their music in this city. They’re what made me fall in love with New Orleans and move here—I used to vacation here quite a lot before I moved down a little over three years ago. I remember a Halloween maybe five-six years ago when I was in Armstrong Park where they were playing and everybody was dancing. That cemented for me that this is the city I wanted to live in.
I’m from near Corpus Christi, Texas, but I moved down here from Seattle. My stepdad was in the Navy so we moved around a lot of places. The last place he was stationed was Seattle and meanwhile, I fell in love with New Orleans.
Hearing Rebirth, I had just never heard music played like that in other cities. It’s uplifting, original, and feels like what New Orleans feels like to me as well. Having traveled and lived in different places in general gives you a pretty good idea of what’s unique about a place.
Bartending, I’ve found a creative outlet and something I’ll likely do for the rest of my career—while I thought I was just trying to make some money for college! St. Cecilia has been open for about a year now and I came on before we opened to run the bar program. The owner chose St. Cecilia as our namesake because she was the patroness of musicians and poets, and we donate a dollar to the Roots of Music from all of our frozen daiquiri sales. It’s a great partnership.
I’ve created music-related drinks for our cocktail menu before. I made one called Sister Golden Hair, inspired by a song I love by the band America. I did that one for our first menu and it went over really well. ‘A Horse with No Name’ is a wonderful song and I had a running joke that I never did it because I felt like it had to be like the best drink I’d ever created. So I said I should make a drink called I’ve Been to the Desert on a Drink with No Name. Maybe one of these days I’ll get to it…”