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In the Land of Cocktails

by TI Adelaide Martin, Lally Brennan and Tim Trapolin

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Two cocktail divas and co-owners of the New Orleans Commander's Palace restaurant chain provide recipes for classic drinks and favorite local cocktails, including the "Corpse Reviver," "Brandy Milk Punch," and the "Whoa Nelly." 25,000 first printing.

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In the Land of Cocktails

Recipes and Adventures from the Cocktail Chicks

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Ti Martin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061119866

Orgeat Punch

Makes 1 cocktail

Popularized at the Roosevelt Hotel Bar, now the Fairmont Hotel, in New Orleans in the 1860s, this unique drink combines almond-flavored orgeat syrup, two kinds of rum, and a few other ingredients. A Creole tradition holds that when visiting a family with a newborn, ladies celebrate with a glass of orgeat syrup only, while the gentlemen drink orgeat punch in honor of the household's new angel.

What's orgeat syrup? Made from almonds, sugar, and rose or orange-flower water, its distinctive almond taste adds an alluring flavor to many cocktails. Look for Torani or Monin brands.


1½ ounces spiced rum, such as Captain Morgan
1 ounce orgeat syrup
½ ounce 151 proof rum, such as Bacardi
½ ounce limoncello
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice


Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the contents of the shaker, including the ice, into a highball glass. Top off the drink with additional ice and serve immediately.

Hot, Hot and Dirty Martini

Makes 1 cocktail

Here's an example of what a flavored rim can do to a traditional cocktail like the Martini. Sweet paprika is used here, but a zesty Hungarian paprika will give the drink a good kick.


1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 lemon wedge
2 ounces vodka
½ ounce olive brine


Place the paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper on a saucer and mix together with a fork. Wet half the rim of a chilled Martini glass with the lemon wedge and dip into the seasoning mix. Set aside. Combine the vodka and olive brine in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass and serve immediately.