Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton

New Orleans Roadfood Festival, Mar-27-2011: Carousel Bar

We returned to the hotel with a little time before we had to go off to the airport, so we took some time to check off something we hadn't done last year: we had a drink at the Carousel Bar.

The bar is a ring-shaped bar that slowly rotates around the center. As we sat there, we got the answer to a question I hadn't thought to ask: how do bartenders get into the center to serve drinks? The answer: the bartender going on shift climbed neatly over the bar with an air of long experience. (We noticed later that he had left, but we hadn't seen him leave. One drink isn't much explanation; I think it more likely that I'm just not that observant even sober.)

For a drink, I got a Pimm's Cup, another cocktail that I know of only through reading about New Orleans (though it's more closely associated with another restaurant, Napoleon House). The Carousel Bar's version is Pimm's No. 1 Cup (a fruit liqueur) and triple sec, topped up with Sprite, and garnished with a cucumber slice. I really enjoyed this cocktail. It was fruity without falling into the sweet trap of most fruity drinks; it tasted somewhat like a Long Island Iced Tea. The cucumber garnish, though, really changed the character of the drink; each time I raised the glass to my lips, the scent of cucumber filled my nostrils like a cool breeze on a summer day, making the drink much more refreshing.
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