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The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region. If you would like to contribute to SFA’s oral history collections, please send your ideas for oral history along with your CV or Resume and a portfolio of prior oral history work to annemarie@southernfoodways.org.

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XTRA: Bibliography & Links


Cocktail History & CultureArthur, Stanley Clisby. Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em.New Orleans: Harmanson, 1937.

Baker, Phil. The Book of Absinthe: A Cultural History. New York: Grove Press, 2003.

Bullock, Tom and Frienz, D.J. 173 Pre-Prohibition Cocktails: Potations
So Good They Scandalized a President.
 Jenks, Okalahoma: Howling at the Moon Press, 2001.

Cable, Mary. Lost New Orleans. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1980.

Chase, John Churchill. Frenchmen, Desire, Goodchildren and Other Streets of New Orleans. New York: MacMillan, third edition, 1979.

Conrad, Barnaby III. Absinthe: History in a Bottle. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1997.

Dawson, Faith. “Mixed Media: Artful Cocktails are Liquid Assets.” New Orleans Magazine.December 2001, Vol. 36, Issue 3, p. 26.

Forsyth, John. “A Story of Love, Literature, and a Bartender with Attitude.” Fort Worth Weekly. July 8, 1999.

Garvey, Joan B. and Widmer, Mary Lou. Beautiful Crescent, a History of New Orleans. New Orleans, Garner Press, 1988.

Grimes, William. “Charting the Globe on a Cocktail Napkin.” The New York Times. August 30, 1998.

Held, John. Peychaud’s New Orleans Cocktails. A. M. & J. Solari, 1935.

Holditch, Kenneth. In Old New Orleans. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1983.

Holmes, Jack D.L. New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix Them. New Orleans, 1973.

Johnson, Pableaux. “Home of the Cocktail.” The Times-Picayune. January 7, 2005.

Kingsbury, Amanda. “I’ll Have What O. Henry Had: Cocktail Tour Drinks in the Legends and Lore of New Orleans.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Living Section, September 12, 2004.

Laborde, Errol. “A Rye Tale: the Sazerac at 140,” New Orleans Magazine. March 1999, Vol. 33, Issue 6, p. 128.

Land, Mary. Louisiana Cookery. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.

Lanza, Joseph. The Cocktail: The Influence of Spirits on the American Psyche. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

Markel, Robert and Waggoner, Susan. Vintage Cocktails: Authentic Recipes and Illustrations from 1920-1960. Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2001.

McCafferty, Kerri. Obituary Cocktail: The Great Salons of New Orleans. New Orleans: Vissi d’Arte Books, 2001.

Oudtshoorn, Nic Van. The Hangover Handbook. Memphis: Mustang Publishing, revised edition, 1997.

Pacult, F. Paul. Kindred Spirits: The Spirit Journal Guide to the World’s Distilled Spirits and Fortified Wines. New York: Hyperion Books, 1997.

Regan, Gary. The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender’s Craft. Clarkson Potter, 2003.

Siegel, Martin. New Orleans: A Chronological and Documentary History 1539-1970. New York: Oceana Publications, 1975.

Simmons, Scott R. “Crescent City Cocktails.” Louisiana Cookin’. May/June 2000, pp.12-16.

Strachan, Sue. “Reaching for the Bars.” New Orleans Magazine. December 1998, Vol. 33, Issue 3, p. 75.

Tallant, Robert. Mardi Gras…As It Was. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company, 1989.

Walker, Rob. Letters From New Orleans. New Orleans: Garrett County Press, 2005


A great site to search for cocktails and recipes.

AP article on the opening of the Museum of the American Cocktail.

Site for the organization known as Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails. Fun site with info and recipes.

The official site of the Museum of the American Cocktail.

The history of the Sazerac Company, which is based in New Orleans, and other cocktail info.

Information about an event created to “celebrate the history and culture of dining and drinking in New Orleans.”

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