Rum Field Training

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NEW ORLEANS – October 8, 2007 – Tales of the Cocktail, with support from The Museum of the American Cocktail, presents a one-day rum course and tasting titled The Rum Field Training School, on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The course includes a historical review of rum by local author Wayne Curtis and a tour of the Celebration Distillery, makers of award-winning Old New Orleans Rum. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased at or at 504-558-1840. The course has a 30-person maximum.

The Rum Field Training School is a one-day boot camp dedicated to understanding everything about rum – its raucous role in American history, how it is made, how geography and aging alters how it tastes, and how to drink it: straight up, in cocktails, and paired with food.

Rum was once the drink of the disreputable, but Wayne Curtis affirms that the spirit is today appreciated by true connoisseurs. The author of “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails,” Curtis will begin the Rum Field Training at the Swizzle Stick Bar at Café Adelaide, 300 Poydras Street with an introduction to the spirit while students enjoy a welcome punch crafted by Curtis and Swizzle Stick bar chef Lu Brow.

“I think people will be surprised at how complex and versatile rum can be in mixing contemporary cocktails,” says Curtis. “And compared to the high prices for premium scotches and bourbons, rum offers outstanding value for buyers in today’s market.”

Next, students will board a luxury bus for a short trip to the Celebration Distillery, makers of award-winning Old New Oleans Rum, where Wayne will set the stage with a capsule history of 350 years of rum history. Ben Gersh, general manager of Old New Orleans Rum, will then take his guests step by step through the processing of making fine rum. Everyone will receive a signed bottle of the newly released Old New Orleans Spice Rum, a timely spirit for the holidays.

The course ends back at Cafe Adelaide for a spirited lunch paired with rum cocktails. Drinks will be specially prepared by nationally noted bar chef Lu Brow who will share her expertise on making three rum-based cocktails for the holidays. Guests will also receive a signed copy of Curtis’s “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails,”

The lunch menu will include the Adelaide Spinach Salad with island spiced pecans, goats cheese, shaved red onions and Nueskes bacon-molasses vinaigrette, paired with the New Orleans original lime daiquiri. The next course, Walker’s Wood Jerked Bob White Quail with mango-braised cabbage, smoked pork dressing and tobacco rum syrup will be paired with a Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail. Dessert is a West Indies Rum Cake featuring Hawaiian Gold pineapple, drunken raisins and vanilla bean ice cream and will be paired with the Between the Sheets cocktail.

For more information on The Rum Field Training School on Dec. 8, contact Ann Rogers at 504-343-4285 or visit

Tales of the Cocktail, a culinary and cocktail festival, takes place July 16-20, 2008. Featuring award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers, Tales of the Cocktail takes place in the New Orleans French Quarter with five days of cocktail events such as dinner-pairings, cocktail demos and tastings, seminars, mixing competitions, design expos, book-signings and much more. Visit and register your name to receive email updates and ticket-sales announcements and view the exciting line-up of events and celebrity presenters for 2008.

The Museum of the American Cocktail is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education in mixology and preserving the rich history of the American cocktail. The museum’s goal is to establish a museum and tourist attraction in downtown New Orleans that highlights the fascinating 200-year history of the cocktail, while also serving as a valuable resource for beverage professionals everywhere. For more information, visit