Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Images From the Museum of the American Cocktail
After being homeless in New Orleans for three years after Katrina struck, the Museum of the American Cocktail finally reopened recently. It's actually a museum within a museum, a one-room affair inside the larger Southern Food and Beverage Museum on the Riverwalk Marketplace mall along the waterfront.
It could be called the Ted Haigh Museum, so many of of the antique items in the display cases come from the cocktail historian's collection. Others belong to Dale DeGroff and Jeff Berry. The latter contributed mainly Tiki stuff, of course. When I visited, it was hard to get a word in edgewise with Haigh, who was entertaining some Spanish gentlemen who wouldn't stop asking questions—questions Haigh was more than happy to answer at enormous length. But I did find time to mention that there was no indication that the Berry items came from his collection. Haigh suddenly remembered that the tags with Berry's name had come in and quickly set about putting them in the place in the cases. My small contribution to the Museum.
Haigh mentioned that one item he's really like for the Museum is an intact 19th-century cocktail shaker. Hear that? So, if you've got one, cough it up, man! History's at stake here.