On Thursday I attended a lot more seminars:
- Organic and local cocktails- Alison Evanow of Square One organic vodka says, "Vodka is like butter." There are some really interesting non-profit healthy food programs happening in New Orleans post-Katrina.
- The future of mixology, with bar stars Todd Thrasher, James Meehan, and John Kinder. One of them said, "We've all been claiming gin is going to be the next big thing for years now and it just hasn't happened."
- The effects of Prohibition on cocktails- This was a casual, hilarious conversation between booze historians. John K. Hall of 40 Creek Whisky was asked why they don't do a rum. He answered, "We don't grow any sugarcane in Canada." David Wondrich replied mocking global warming, "You will soon!" I also learned that prepackaged sour mix was available as early as 1905.