This past week marked the 16th year that the Tales of the Cocktail was put on inside of the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference, which is one of the largest of its kind, celebrates cocktails, spirits, bartenders, bars, writers and more, all of which are involved and leading the spirit industry.
There are many great cocktails being created and served all around the city of New Orleans during the week’s worth of classes, tasting rooms, and parties. One of the favorites for the weekend, and one that is pretty simple to make at home, was the Copper Sangria. The unusual sangria was served during Absolut Elyx’s Garden Party hosted at the Auburn Cottages. While most red sangrias (and even white ones) tend to be made with a juice that gives the drink some color, this one was clear and made with a peach infused Cocchi Americano, cedarwood syrup, Ting (a soda similar to Squirt), Champagne and topped with a mini Absolut Elyx bottle (the brand’s latest spirit that takes single estate winter wheat, and ages it in copper stills).
The drink was refreshing, perfect for sipping by the pool, and contained a little bit of whimsical charm. The charm didn’t end with the drink either, the venue itself was a little tropical garden getaway in the middle of the French Quarter. The cottages were filled with little gnomes, tons of greenery and even mermaids relaxing in the pool. The Copper Sangria captured all that the Elyx Garden Party represented, a little bit of whimsy combined with class and unique rustic charm.
Check out the Tales of the Cocktail for information on how to buy a ticket for next year’s biggest conference. In the meantime, make a similar sangria at home by combining ¾ ounce of peach schnapps into a glass, topping half of the glass with sparkling grapefruit water or Squirt, and then half with Champagne, top the glass with your mini vodka bottle (or a splash of your favorite vodka) and you are good to go!
Erin Winch writes about boozin’ in the Alamo City on her blog Drinking In SA.
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