New Orleans, Alabama Bartenders Create Cocktails for BCS Championship


When Alabama rolls into town for the BCS National Championship Game on January 9, a lower-stakes competition will take place down the street at Cafe Adelaide's Swizzle Stick Bar.

Head mixologist Lu Brow created a purple and gold drink called Les Is More, and visiting Alabama mixologist LeNell Smothers will be in town making her Houndstooth cocktail. (Brow also created a Roll Tide cocktail to welcome the visiting rival team.)

Brow's LSU tribute, which will also be served at the Swizzle Stick the week leading up to the game, gets its purple hue from creme de violette and the gold from a lemon twist. Smother’s drink, which includes Maker's Mark bourbon, maraschino liqueur and Fee Brothers whiskey-barrel aged bitters, is a single serving of crimson tide.

Smothers is best known for running LeNell's, a well-regarded and now-closed Brooklyn liquor store. She's now based in Birmingham, Ala., where she's creating the drink menu for the soon-to-open Little Donkey taqueria.


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