A Toast to Sam Shepard
New Orleans bartenders raise a glass to renowned actor Sam Shepard.
The late playwright and actor Sam Shepard shied away from the spotlight for most of his life, but his work continues to reverberate today. Here, a few New Orleans-based bartenders share their memories of the writer we recently lost, and their cocktail homage.
by Abigail Gullo of Compere Lapin, New Orleans
This cocktail is an old fashioned variation with dry rose cordial, port-finished bourbon, rye-finished brandy, and warm spices that mirror the feeling I felt when I was lucky enough to serve Sam Shepard himself 20 years later at my bar in the French Quarter. We talked about work and Alaska and his kids. Like I knew him. But I feel like I did. After all, I read his poetry all my life. He opened his soul every time he took out his pencil. Yet he was always a man of great mystery. A mystery that now belongs to the stars above."
- 1 oz Angel's Envy bourbon
- 1 oz Copper & Kings Bourbon Finished brandy
- 1/4 oz El Guapo Rose Cordial
- 2 dashes Dale DeGroff Pimento Dram bitters
Stir and pour over a large rock in an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and a cherry.
The Right Stuff
by Kent Westmoreland of the Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans
- 2 oz Montelobos Mezcal
- 1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
- 1/4 oz Benedictine
- 2 dashes Rose Cordial
by Jesse Carr of Balise, New Orleans
"Sam was a rancher when he was young and wrote about it later. He was also a gentleman, a scholar, and a large fan of tequila."
- 1.5 oz Tequila Ocho Plata
- .75 oz Giffard Pamplemousse
- .5 oz Bonal
- .5 oz lemon
- Splash of Cava
Garnish with 3 grapefruit wheels and 3 drops of orange flower water. Shake everything but Cava, and strain into a port or Cabernet glass and top with Cava. Garnish and enjoy.