18th July 2008

Honorary Cocktails Celebrate Distiller’s 40th

“Desmond Payne, Master Distiller of Beefeater Gin, has been making gin for 40 years – longer than anyone else in the world. To celebrate this milestone, Desmond has traveled to New Orleans for his ‘Ruby Jubilee,’ a global fete to be attended by drink luminaries from around the world.  The event coincides with Tales of the Cocktail, a culinary and cocktail festival in the French Quarter.” (Source: Marketwatch)

Desmond is the sole guardian of the original gin recipe.  The same one that was developed back in the 1820s – Quite the responsibility if you ask me.  He is a even so privileged as to overlook every step in the production of Beefeater – I hope taste testing is one of the processes.

In recognition of Desmond’s accomplishments, five of New Orleans’ finest mixologists prepared specialty cocktails:

The Desmond

4 parts Beefeater Gin
4 parts balsamic vinegar
3 parts fig preserves
3 parts orange marmalade
2 parts elderflower liqueur
1 sprig of basil
1 large strawberry
1 fresh egg white or pasteurized equivalent
Orange zest for garnish
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18th July 2008


In case any of you are from the area or will be down in Lafayette, LA tomorrow you should definitely check out the Gulf Brew: 

“The Acadiana Arts Council is excited to announce that we are gearing up for the second annual Gulf Brew, which will be held at Parc International in downtown Lafayette on Saturday, July 19, 2008.
In the style of Germany’s Oktoberfest, the Acadiana Arts Council is inviting festival-goers to sample the best brews the Gulf South has to offer. Held in conjunction with Southern Open 2008, an exhibition showcasing artwork from artists living in the South from Texas to Florida, the AAC has invited microbreweries and brewmeisters from the same southern states to offer Acadiana a taste of their specialty brews at this one-of-a-kind beer festival.

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