0 Comments and 0 Reactions

Warren Bobrow’s Cocktail Hour: The First Tattoo Cocktail

Photo: Warren Bobrow, Leica M8

New Orleans is all about 2nd line bands.  They weave through the streets providing a breath of fresh air to all who follow.  This particular 2nd line band was celebrating a wedding.

I was down in New Orleans this year again for Tales of the Cocktail.  This unique event is held during the last week of July.  It is part story-telling, part tasting room and part summer camp.  Corporate sponsors like William Grant create parties that are on the scale of Ben Hur.

You can’t walk too far through the streets without coming upon a pop-up cocktail bar, or the world’s slowest marathon as evidenced by the one held by Hendrick’s Gin.

World's Slowest Marathon/Hendrick's Gin- Photo: Warren Bobrow, Leica M8

There were surprises on every corner.  From mystical journeys into the tattoo culture of the hipster bartenders who flock to New Orleans, to the more mundane task of holding a pig roast for 400 of your closest friends.

Working the pit- Photo: Warren Bobrow, Leica M8

But as all good things in life must end, I’ll finish with a cocktail inspired by the fun I had down in New Orleans.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum House- Photo: Warren Bobrow, Leica M8

The First Tattoo Cocktail


2 shots Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Juice of 2 oranges, limes, lemons

1/2 cup coconut milk

Crushed Ice

Royal Rose Simple Syrup of Cardamom and Clove

Bitter End Thai Bitters


To a Boston Shaker add:

2 shots of the Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Juice of the Citrus

1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

Handful of Crushed ice

4 drops Bitter End Thai Bitters

4 Tablespoons of the Royal Rose Cardamom/Clove Syrup

Shake until well frosted

Serve in shot glasses!


Warren’s first book, Apothecary Cocktails is being published by Quayside/Rockport in November 2013 for the Xmas season. He has published over three hundred articles on everything from cocktail mixology to restaurant reviews in NJ Monthly Magazine. (Served Raw, Drinking in America, DrinkGal.com, Bluewater Vodka, Purity Vodka, Botran Rum, Orleans Apple Aperitif, Marie Brizard, Art in the Age: Root, Snap, Rhuby, Hendricks Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Tuthilltown Spirits, Bitter Cube, Bitter Truth, Bitter End-Bitters, Bitters, Old Men…etc. etc.)
He’s written food articles and news for Edible Jersey, Chutzpah Magazine, NJ Monthly, Serious Eats, Daily Candy (Philadelphia) Rambling Epicure (Geneva, Switzerland)
Warren is the cocktail writer/mixologist for Foodista. He is a former trained chef who began as a dishwasher/potscrubber. He has also bar-tended at the four star Ryland Inn, located in NJ.
Warren is the On-Whiskey Columnist for Okra Magazine in New Orleans.
He is also a Ministry of Rum judge.
Warren is a self-taught photojournalist and shoots with the venerable Leica M8.

Smart Youtube Widget

Sign In to Modenus

Sign in or register to save favorite items, create a portfolio, or apply to become a Modenus trade pro!

Already have a Modenus account?  Sign in here:

  1. Forgot your password?

Don't have a Modenus account?  Create one using any of these:


Forgot your password?  We'll email you instructions on how to reset it:

  1. Return to sign in

Password reset instructions have been sent to your email address you@example.com.

If you don't see them, make sure you check your spam folder!

Return to sign in

Register for a Modenus account by filling in the information below:

I accept the Terms & Conditions.

Change Your Modenus Password

Manage Your Account Settings

  1.  Email me new & changed products for the brands I follow