Punch and Judy
 A “Tales of the Cocktail” Winner

Our annual trek through New Orleans’ summer climatological conditions (Darn that global warming – it used to be so pleasant around here in July) has lately been made more bearable by the ever-expanding Tales of the Cocktail celebration, now an annual fixture on the July calendar.

This month, mixologists, bar chefs or – as we used to know them – bartenders, join authors and cocktail aficionados to explore and adore America’s renewed interest in the cocktail. Tradition (but not all history), suggests that the cocktail was invented here in the Crescent City as a “cure for what ails you,” proffered by kindly pharmacists who only wanted to make your malady go away.

Eureka! It still works.

So settle back and enjoy Punch and Judy created by Charlotte Voisey of Brooklyn, N.Y. The winning cocktail, chosen from this year’s bumper crop of Tales of the Cocktail competition entries, combines Old New Orleans Rum, Martell’s VSOP, Hendrick’s Gin and a bit of Orange Curacao, with various fruits and fresh fruit juices.

Punch and Judy
1 ounce Martell VSOP
1/4 ounce Old New Orleans Crystal Rum
1/2 ounce Hendrick’s Gin
1/2 ounce Bols Orange Curacao
2 ounces pineapple juice
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce Partida agave nectar
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
4 mint leaves

Assemble ingredients in a mixing glass – no need to muddle the mint. Shake properly (hard) and strain over fresh ice in a highball glass.

Cut a thinly sliced lime wheel and place on top of the Punch and Judy. Add a hearty sprinkle of freshly-ground nutmeg directly on the lime wheel.