Ed. Note With this issue we offer a toast to Tim McNally. As a member and officer of several fine-dining organizations, including the international Chaine de Rotisseur and the Ordre of the Mondiale, he’s responsible for creating and staging events featuring fine cuisine and great wines. McNally has served two-terms as President, and eight terms as a board member, of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. He also is a past president of the American Wine Society, New Orleans chapter. McNally hosts the Wine Show heard on WGSO 990 AM Sundays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., also available on wgso.com. He will also be advising this magazine on its wine and drink coverage. Bottoms up!

LAST CALLOld New Orleans Rum
Rum is a great mixer with just about every juice or syrup – but not with water. So with great distress two years ago, Celebration Distillation – makers of Old New Orleans Rum and the oldest existing rum distillery in the U.S. – found themselves with more than six feet of water in their Gentilly distillery. The owner, James Michalopoulas, the talented and respected artist, never considered giving up his rum project.

Made in a “small-batch process” method, Old New Orleans Rum has recently garnered a boatload of awards and accolades, including the Highest Rating from the International Review of Spirits for their Cajun Spice Rum, a Gold Medal from the American Distilling Institute for their Amber Rum and a Silver Medal from the International Review of Spirits for their Amber Rum. Now re-opened, offering tours and tastes, Celebration Distillation has brought Old New Orleans Rum back with born-again pride.

The Frenchmen
1.5 oz. Old New Orleans Crystal Rum
.5 oz. (splash) peach Schnapps
.5 oz. (splash) sour mix
.5 oz. (splash) cranberry juice
Shake and strain over ice or serve up in a rocks glass.