Chicago goes to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail
The Aviary’s Charles Joly was named American Bartender of the Year, Sable’s Alex Renshaw is a “bartender to watch” and we drank mint juleps for breakfast.
What he did there: Pearson was working with Absolut during Tales. When he wasn’t shaking up drinks (he made me a maple bacon flip during the Absolut party), Pearson sipped his way through tasting rooms and other events.
What he took away: “Punches are still holding strong for large groups. In the past three years, they’ve really taken off, but it was cemented this year at Tales. I didn’t go to a single event without a punch bowl.” While punches can use any spirit, Pearson said that he noticed a lot of Irish whiskey punches, including one with tangerine, orange and eucalyptus.
“It was all about simplicity this year. A couple years ago, everything was heavy on molecular, but this year I drank a lot of negronis. I don’t know what’s going on with the negroni this summer, but it’s having its moment.”