Tales Of The Cocktail

Photo Courtesy of Christine Liu via Bostonist.com

Christine Liu (on-air PRK contributor and Boston CitySearch Editor and National Community Manager) is spending the weekend in New Orleans at a Cocktail CONFERENCE sassily named ‘Tales of the Cocktail.’  She’s been updating us daily via Bostonist on her daily discoveries, delights, and ahem, drinks. Check out some of her highlights and take-aways from a “Spirits Critics Workshop” with 21-year veteran taster F. Paul Pacult:

•”I prefer to taste in the morning because I believe that is the best time to taste.” (With nothing yet to eat or drink for the day.) “It wakes me up pretty quickly.”

•”Taste blind whenever possible … think about what they are not.” (ergo, process of elimination)

•There are 350 sensors per olfactory pad (on each side of the nose), which are the only organs that are connected to the brain. “The sense of smell is so primal, it’s the only sense that can stimulate deja vu.”

•Tasting protocol: smell with your lips parted (no suction, no headaches), and take 2 tastes (one as a mouthwash-esque spit, two is for real-reals). However, the conundrum of the day: To swirl, or not to swirl?

•”Gin is such a lovely invention. There’s the wheel. Then there’s gin.”

•”My technical term is … yummy.”

•Don’t use soap on your tasting glassware! Pacult recommends a 6 to 7-ounce Spanish copita or port glass; stemmed crystal.

•”There are no wrong answers.”

Read more about Christine’s exciting cocktail journey HERE.

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Associate Producer, Here & Now Most recently, Jessica worked as an associate producer at WBUR's daily local program, Radio Boston. Jessica moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician. Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica's freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador. Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats. To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit www.jessicaalpert.com.

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