Chris McMillian, a Louisiana native and descendant of four generations of bartenders, was named one of the 25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century by Imbibe magazine and Best Bartender by New Orleans magazine. His passion for bartending has been covered in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, and GQ, among many other publications.
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room E
Lift Your Spirits
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans
The Sazerac, the Hurricane, and the absinthe glass of Herbsaint are among the many well-known creations native to New Orleans’s longstanding drinking culture. But more than vehicles for alcohol, the cocktails and spirits that complement the city’s culinary prowess are each a token of its history. In every bar-side toast or street-corner daiquiri you can find evidence of the people, politics, and convergence of ethnicities that drive the story of the Crescent City.
In Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans, Elizabeth M. Williams, founder and director of the Southern Food and Beverage Institute, and world-renowned bartender Chris McMillian illuminate the city’s open embrace of alcohol, both in religious and secular life, while delving into the myths, traditions, and personalities that have made New Orleans a destination for imbibing tourists and a mecca for mixologists.
With over 40 cocktail recipes interspersed among nearly three hundred years of history, a sampling of premier cocktail bars in New Orleans, and a glossary of terms to aid drink making and mixing, Lift Your Spirits honors the art of a good drink in the city of good times.
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