Cocktail film festival shows in New Orleans

April 8, 2009 | By | Comments (0)

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New Orleans has raised the cocktail to an art – and a cultural artifact.


The city already has a cocktail museum. This weekend brings a new twist (sorry!): a cocktail film festival, part of the successful Tales of the Cocktail festival, which runs in early July.


The event at the W New Orleans features the finest in sipping cinema.


This being New Orleans, you can’t believe for a minute the organizers will have you drinking Cokes. Each movie is themed with special cocktails.


Movies on tap April 11 include:


King Creole at 4 p.m.: The Elvis Presley 1958 hit was filmed in New Orleans when he was 22 years old. The drinks: the Sazerac, Hurricane, Scarlet O’Hara, Ramos Gin Fizz, and French 75.


Cocktail at 8 p.m.: The 1988 film, which celebrated showy bartending, turns 21 this year. The screening includes Jamaican style food, drink and birthday cake. And before the film, a bartender will demostrate how to flip and throw bottles like Mr. Cruise.


Moulin Rouge, midnight: Take in the film, and absinthe. It will be served in glass blown fountains at each table. Snacks, bottled water, and French wine also available.


Tickets are $25 per showing and $30 at the door. A special room rate of $109 at the W hotel is available. Use promotion code LIF. For event guests, a parking rate of $12 per car will be available. 

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