NEW ORLEANS – Neal Bodenheimer, owner of renowned New Orleans bars and restaurants Cure, Cane & Table, VALS and Peychaud’s and Partner of Dauphine’s in Washington, D.C. will release his first cocktail book this fall, “Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em“ (Abrams Books), with coauthor Emily Timberlake. Due out nationwide on Oct. 25, 2022, the debut book will showcase New Orleans’s iconic cocktail scene through 100 drinks, each chosen to represent the city’s past, present, and future.
A love letter to New Orleans and the cast of characters who make the city so singular, Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em features interviews with local legends such as Ian Neville, musician and New Orleans funk royalty; plus insiders’ tips on how to survive your first Mardi Gras or find the best dive bars and neighborhood restaurants. Along the way, the reader is taken on a journey that highlights the rich history and complexity of the city and the drinks it inspired, as well as the techniques and practices that James Beard Foundation Award-winning bar Cure has perfected over the last decade-plus. Of course, this includes the classics every self-respecting drinker should know—the Sazerac, Julep, Vieux Carré, Ramos Gin Fizz, Cocktail à la Louisiane, and French 75—as well as a modern creations that highlight Cure’s ongoing mission to honor the past while looking forward to the future.
Famous local chefs have contributed easy recipes for snacks with local flavor, perfect for pairing with these libations. Highlights include Alfredo Nogueira’s Deviled Egg “Cacio e Pepe,” Nina Compton’s Pickled Shrimp with Celery and Buttermilk, Mason Hereford’s Lil’ Smokies Mini Corndogs, and Justin Devillier’s Blue Crab Beignets, to name a few.
The 256-page hardcover book is divided into nine chapters: Bittered Slings, Manhattans, Martinis, Sours, Negronis, Flips and Fizzes, Collinses and 75s, Low Proof and Bar Snacks. This is a versatile book written with cocktail novices, enthusiasts and aficionados in mind. Whether you are an occasional Big Easy visitor with a few fond memories of Mardi Gras and sipping daiquiris from go-cups, or a serious cocktailian who chills your glassware, carefully procures ice cubes, and meticulously expresses your garnish, this cocktail book has something to suit your palate, interests, and skill level.
Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em is published by Abrams Books, available for pre-order now, and will be available via all major booksellers on October 25, 2022 – MSRP: $29.99 (Hardcover). For more information, please visit Abrams Books and follow @curenola on Instagram.