Delicious Wants to Buy You a Drink, but is Giving Away a Book Instead

bloody mary at brennan's
I made it. There and back.

On a plane.

Barring Ohio State’s heartbreaking loss to a team that has the ugliest colors on the planet, my trip to New Orleans was…many positive adjectives that I have to look up on thesaurus.com because my brain is still recovering from the air roller coaster.

So, while I’m mindlessly uploading an obscene number of pictures (and by “obscene,” I don’t mean some of the pictures you will never see because I’m not quite sure I can legally post them for public viewing without an NC-17 warning), cropping them, airbrushing blemishes, and writing smart, witty, thoughtful and entertaining commentary (okay, that last part is a clear indication of travel-induced hysteria), I’m keeping you busy with a Book Giveaway!

in the land of cocktails
you need a drink

I know. You’re about to pop out of your pants with anxious excitement, aren’t you?

The utterly appropriate book is a brand new copy of In the Land of Cocktails, a collection of cocktail recipes from the proprietors of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. (For the rekkid, the publishers sent me the book expressly to give away, so don’t think I actually spent money on you.)

Leave a comment on this post with your favorite cocktail. From all the hundreds! of thousands! of comments, I’ll randomly pick a winner. Since The Delicious Life is not bound by any corporate legal department, “random” could mean “I’ll pick you if I like your cocktail” or it could mean “I’ll pick you because you live nearby and the postage to send the book to you is within my 2008 budget.” Or, it could just be random.

Start now. You have until I publish my first trip review post when I’ll announce the oh-so-lucky winner. Given my track record, you probably have a few days.

Good luck, and please comment, even if you don’t want the book. A post with no comments is like The Delicious alone at the bar on her 4th cocktail, waiting for a date who will never show up.

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  • Erin

    As much as I’d like to think of something super creative, you just can’t beat a good gin and tonic.

    My standby was Bombay Sapphire (also my favorite martini), but recently I’ve been loving Hendrick’s. It’s so fresh tasting.

    Huge twist of fresh lime and a splash of tonic.

    God, I need a drink.

  • Tarie

    Happy New Year, Sarah!

    Weng Weng: Filipino slang for “dazed”…?

    Weng Weng: ice, vodka, tequila, brandy, bourbon, scotch whiskey, rum, and some fruity juice thingy all in one drink

    I see the resemblance, don’t you?

  • Anonymous

    don’t need the book but here’s to your 5th and 6th drinks that i would buy you.

    #5 Tequila Mojito – instead of your traditional rum or vodka, use a white tequila (my preference is Corralejo Blanco) and have them only lightly bruise the mint… no one wants bits of mint stuck between your teeth.

    #6 Charro Negro – basically tequila and coke with fresh limes. traditionally this uses tequila anejo but i prefer blanco with diet coke… less heavy and makes it easier to power down more throughout the night without feeling left with a syrupy coke mouth.

    the following morning… get yourself a Michelada (or 5) which is basically a bloody mary with beer instead of vodka. squeeze in a lot of fresh lime and you’re ready to tackle another day… of drinking.

    Cheers

  • DeeAnne

    Fire Chief

    Don’t cheat on ingredients, don’t overindulge, or you’ll be sorry.

    1 shot dark Bacardi Dark rum
    1.5 Shot Bacardi Light rum
    3 shots Tahiti Joe’s Mai Tai Mix
    1 shot Grenadine
    1 shot Bacardi151

    Fill tall glass with crushed ice.
    Add first four other ingredients to a shaker.
    Cover and shake.
    Pour over ice in glass.
    Float 151 on top.

    Enjoy!

  • Kate

    Not sure my cocktail has a name, but it’s basically a Kamikaze, only with just Absolut Citron and fresh-squeezed lemon juice (and ideally muddled lemons too) and nothing else. Yes, I like my drink so sour it rips the roof of my mouth off.

  • Me

    I know it’s dated and so cliche…but my hear will always rest with the Appletini. Good memories there…

  • Heather

    Hey Sarah,

    Lately, I’ve really been into pomegranate martinis. I know I picked the trendy choice but made at home, they are the best!

    Here’s the recipe in case you’re interested…

    1 shot of vodka
    1 shot of pomegranate liqueur
    1 shot of Cointreau or orange liqueur
    2 shots of pomegranate juice (or 1 shot of concentrate pomegranate juice)
    This makes a big martini!

  • Anonymous

    I love mojitos because they make bartenders work for their tip. Also, I like to make other customers wait while the bartender is making, making, making my mojito. Plus they taste yummy. Which is secondary.

    By the way, I don’t know exactly where you live, but I get the impression that I live very close to you in Santa Monica. Postage would be cheap! Perhaps even nonexistent.

  • FanOfForeheadlessBloggers

    Oops, the mojito comment was left by FanOfForeheadlessBloggers.

  • sarah

    FoFB: are you trying to increase your chances by leaving more comments?!?!

    hey, that just might work.

  • abraxis

    A post with no comments is like The Delicious alone at the bar on her 4th cocktail, waiting for a date who will never show up.

    So you’re saying that there will ALWAYS be comments because I can’t see you alone at the bar nursing your fourth drink…ever! And stood up? C’mon!

    Seriously though, congrats on surviving your plane trip. See? Wasn’t that bad! Erm…maybe I should ask, what airline were you on?

    Too bad about yr Buckeyes (and yes, LSU has horrible colours), but mah Trojans finished the job in Pasadena (and for once this season, they were all healthy and non injured…)! Football wise, I’m content.

    Oh yeah, this post is about drinks. I like simple things done well. Head over to Angel’s Share next time you’re on the Island. They make drinks VERY well. Back home, I can get a Junipero Tonic. Junipero Gin is a gin made by Anchor Steam (the beer people). Very good zingy stuff.

    Signing off from Midtown Manhattan…

  • abraxis

    A post with no comments is like The Delicious alone at the bar on her 4th cocktail, waiting for a date who will never show up.

    So you’re saying that there will ALWAYS be comments because I can’t see you alone at the bar nursing your fourth drink…ever! And stood up? C’mon!

    Seriously though, congrats on surviving your plane trip. See? Wasn’t that bad! Erm…maybe I should ask, what airline were you on?

    Too bad about yr Buckeyes (and yes, LSU has horrible colours), but mah Trojans finished the job in Pasadena (and for once this season, they were all healthy and non injured…)! Football wise, I’m content.

    Oh yeah, this post is about drinks. I like simple things done well. Head over to Angel’s Share next time you’re on the Island. They make drinks VERY well. Back home, I can get a Junipero Tonic. Junipero Gin is a gin made by Anchor Steam (the beer people). Very good zingy stuff.

    Signing off from Midtown Manhattan…

  • H. C.

    Homemade – currently I’d say my Triple Citrus Drop–cures scurvy too! :)

    In a bar, I usually go for Manhattans or Vodka/Ginger Ale, moreso the latter if there are unique vodkas I have yet to try out.

  • H. C.

    On a tangent, RIP to the Commander’s Palace in Vegas. Oh, how I miss those 25-cent cocktails…

  • FranMag

    I love a good Vodka Collins. Sweet, but not frou frou and just a little tart.

  • Anonymous

    abraxis

    angel share is definitely the best bar. glad to hear that it is still around. i hope they still keep a no standing room policy and adhere to using a single cut of ice from a large ice block.

    i still talk about that place even though i moved from manhattan to sunny la 8 years ago.

    it was always a great place to start the night and get food at village yokocho or yakitori tashio (if they’re still around)… and this was before izakaya became hip.

    cheers. damn i’m thirsty.

  • Bachatatera

    my go to: jameson & ginger ale

    my favorite: lemon drop martini, sugar rim, ice cold.

  • Craig

    Citron and soda. :)

    Happy New Year Sarah, I will be happy to buy you one of the four cocktails while you wait for your date.

  • Megan

    I would like a good ol’ Cuba Libra!
    Simple rum and coke with a twist of lime.

  • MCO

    Irish Car Bomb! Guaranteed to actually get you really bombed.
    (1/2 pint of Guinness+1 shot Jameson+1 shot Baileys dropped in, the whole thing gets shotgunned and then you start all over :D)
    <3

  • mel ch

    For me, gin martini.

    For you, your standard, Citron & soda.

  • SunJun

    Perhaps its testament to my preferences for the basics, but I always enjoyed a nice kamikaze shot. Nothing but one part triple sec, one part vodka, and one part lime juice. It’s simple, yet thoroughly refreshing.

  • James

    The cocktail I like to drink most is a John Collins made with straight rye whiskey (none of that Jim Beam noise, either).

    The ambiguity of “favorite cocktail,” however, would lead me to volunteer my conceptual front runner, which I have yet to experience: a Phil Collins. I still can’t tell how much of this drink is urban legend and how much is the work of a Wikipedia vigilante, but I’ve been waiting to have a taste all my life (Oh Lord).

  • Anonymous

    New Orleans?

    I’ll take a Hurricane.

  • Delicious

    Brown goods in winter:

    Saratoga

    3/4 oz. each brandy, rye, sweet vermouth
    1 or 2 dashes orange bitters

    White goods in summer:

    Southside

    Muddle lemon juice, sugar, mint
    1 and 1/2 oz. gin

    Soda water can also be added (Southside fizz)

    You can make your own mint simple syrup and use it also in iced coffee

  • sailorpikaangel

    I absolutely *love* a “Long Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against A Wall!” Haha.. Imagine asking for that in a bar! But I find that very few bartenders know that drink and usually ask for Miami Vice or a Midori Sour!

  • Anonymous

    wow. always find it interesting to see how everyone rushes to something as soon as they here that somethings free.

  • claudia

    I’m hooked on Strawberry Daqueries from Ruth’s Chris steak house. Love that they use real strawberries.

  • Michael

    The Venice Sunset

    Note: resubmitted because forget the name of the drink, DOH! Also note drink is scaled for a party of ten a did a year ago. It was a mega-hit with homemade pizzas I served with it. This drink loves all things dried meats, cheeses, and breads. Also it’s Asian friendly with pungent and salty items.

    18 tangerines
    1 1/4 quart soda water
    10 ounces Aperol® or Campari®
    red sweet vermouth to taste
    Angostura® aromatic bitters
    A sprig of mint
    slice of tangerine 1/8-inch

    Juice all of the tangerines except reserve one or two for glass slices
    cut the remaining tangerine slice to 1/8 of the inch
    Fill 10 highball glasses with ice.
    Add 3 ounces of tangerine juice to each glass.
    Fill each glass to 2/3 full with soda
    Pour Aperol to fill nearly to the top, leaving some room for garnish of tangerine slices and splashes of vermouth, and bitters
    Garnish, adjust, and enjoy

    Serves 10

  • Rachael

    Well, as a lover of a quality cocktail and a girl who always covets a good cookbook (mixology primer?) I will throw in my current fave (and by current, I mean, this week…heaven knows next week we will be on to something else…)

    My cocktail is a Shanghi Spy:

    In a highball with ice, add
    1 oz. Canton Ginger Liqueur
    3 oz. Super Premium Vodka
    Some soda water
    Top with fresh ginger-lemonade

    (From the Village Idiot on Melrose. Natch.)

    And keep in mind, I’m a “no-postage-necessary” contestant! :-)

    Mwoah,
    Rachael

  • Jill of All Trades

    When I’m out, I keep it simple with vodka and Diet Coke.

    When I’m at home, I could drink an entire pitcher of Sangria.

  • sarah

    Halfway through my trip recap! Won’t be long before I post it!

    Oh, whom am I kidding? You still have a few more days.

  • sarah

    Halfway through my trip recap! Won’t be long before I post it!

    Oh, whom am I kidding? You still have a few more days.

  • Anonymous

    Sapphire Gibson, up.

  • Liz

    Wow, I can’t believe you flew to New Orleans. Crazy.

  • christianne

    I like a good Woo Woo every now and again because – well, the name makes me laugh.

    Its a cran & vodka with a splash of peach schnapps. Peach schanapps is also my booze of choice for cranberry Jell-O shots as well. classy, I know.

  • abraxis

    Anon #1:

    Yes, Angel’s Share has the waiting/standing/cellphone policy still. It wouldn’t be the same without it!

    Village Yokocho is still there, busy as ever. They even have a good tonkotsu ramen too!

    There’s a new soba/yakatori place on E43rd, near Grand Central called Soba Totto. OK soba, great yakitori. Try it next time you’re back on the Island.

    Delicious, that goes for you too!

  • liz

    My favorite has to peach bellinis. They’re sweet and classic, and I like to think I am as well (or I try to be at least)!

  • Sweet715

    Nothing beats a good lychee martini! Equal parts vodka and lychee syrup (I’m a lightweight!), then add a splash of pineapple. Garnish with a couple of lychees and you’re good to go! Hits the spot when you’re craving something deliciously sweet.

  • Anonymous

    abraxis – thanks for the update and the recommendation. just curious, but are sake bar decibel and that walk-up okonomiyaki joint still around?

    i definitely need to get back to the island. i love l.a. and the o.c. but i crave the energy of n.y.

    cheers

  • Susan C

    A perfect (half dry, half sweet Vermouth) Manhattan, straight up is my cocktail of choice.

    Bartenders beware: If you serve me this drink in anything but a stemmed martini glass, it will be immediately rejected.

    Susan

  • Diana H.

    A bottle of good wine (ie. no two buck chuck) and a corkscrew.

    No glass necessary, but I do quite enjoy the Riedel glasses that have the pink stems at Williams and Sonoma.

  • Diana H.

    A bottle of good wine (ie. no two buck chuck) and a corkscrew.

    No glass necessary, but I do quite enjoy the Riedel glasses that have the pink stems at Williams and Sonoma.

  • J.

    Erin – I love Hendricks, but I tend to use Plymouth in G&Ts, still delicious and quite smooth.

    I like to save Hendricks for my favorite cocktail — martini, super dry, up, 2 olives or sliced cucumber depending on the mood.

    Delicious – I know you hate the mint, but this is a ridiculously tasty cocktail (recipe can be found at Food Network website) – Pomegranate Mojito with Vanilla Sugar. Great summer drink imo.

    -J.

  • peppermints

    white russian.

  • taysha1128

    Hmm I like the chocolate hooville at Ketchup in LA. Why? Cause I liike drinks with funny names, they tickle me

  • LYNN

    I adore white russians.
    p.s. I’m a Columbus native/resident mourning the OSU loss, and I have a 25th birthday this week.

  • Anonymous

    Hope you enjoyed your stay in New Orleans. Oh well, too bad for the Bucks, LSU—GEAUX TIGERS!!!! heh

    Im all for a Gin and Tonic. However if Im down in the Quarters, gotta be a Hurrican from Pat O’s.

  • foodandscience

    I love a sidecar. It makes me feel sophisticated but not old. Like how I feel when I wear heels and stockings with seams up the back. It makes me forget for a while that I’m a grad student.

  • mazinger

    it’s cold in manhattan now. the first drink after work tonight will be one that warms me up and opens my appetite for a much needed dinner with friends.

    as we will be eating korean in the village, my drink recipes for tonight will include soju (chamisul):

    the aperitif
    in a carafe with a wide mouth
    1. 1 bottle of soju
    2. 1/2 seedless cucumber, thin julienne
    3. slice of jalapeño pepper
    4. crushed ice
    let chill for 5 min. and stir occasionally; serve in chilled sherry glasses with quartered cherry tomato

    the digestif
    in a kettle:
    1. 1 bottle of soju
    2. juice of 1 lemon, zest of 1/2
    3. 1 teaspoon of honey
    4. 1/2 cinnamon stick
    warm through on stovetop and serve onto small teacups with 2 or 3 pinenuts

    when making drinks, make enough for friends and try not to drink alone. ok sarah?

  • mazinger

    it’s cold in manhattan now. the first drink after work tonight will be one that warms me up and opens my appetite for a much needed dinner with friends.

    as we will be eating korean in the village, my drink recipes for tonight will include soju (chamisul):

    the aperitif
    in a carafe with a wide mouth
    1. 1 bottle of soju
    2. 1/2 seedless cucumber, thin julienne
    3. slice of jalapeño pepper
    4. crushed ice
    let chill for 5 min. and stir occasionally; serve in chilled sherry glasses with quartered cherry tomato

    the digestif
    in a kettle:
    1. 1 bottle of soju
    2. juice of 1 lemon, zest of 1/2
    3. 1 teaspoon of honey
    4. 1/2 cinnamon stick
    warm through on stovetop and serve onto small teacups with 2 or 3 pinenuts

    when making drinks, make enough for friends and try not to drink alone. ok sarah?

  • globetrotteri

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m not a huge drinker, but when I do indulge, I like one of two drinks.

    I enjoy a Tomb Raider. We discovered this one at The Red Piano in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was invented at the restaurant for Angelina Jolie when she arrived to film Tomb Raider at Angkor Wat.

    It’s made from Cointreau and lime juice.

    It’s a neat, refreshing drink that’s especially good after a long day of trekking.

    If I’m out with friends, I also like an Amaretto Sour Montreal Style.

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