After Hurricane Katrina, Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal opened Cure with the goal of helping to rebuild their hometown of New Orleans, while also elevating its cocktail culture. Neal had just spent a few years in New York City, where he honed his bartending craft, and was anxious to put that knowledge to work. Now, six years later, Cure has been a semifinalist for James Beard’s Outstanding Bar Program and has been on the “Best Bar” list for countless magazine around the country, including Travel & Leisure and Esquire Magazine.
Throughout it all, Neal and Eben insist that it has been a group effort, powered by all of their mixologists. For instance, Cure’s Ryan Gannon was inspired by his love of New Orleans coffee culture to make this chicory cocktail. A self-proclaimed cold-brew addict, he pondered the different ingredients he could use to dilute his cold-press coffee concentrate. Rum and chicory liqueur form the foundation for the resulting cocktail, Go Man, Go. It blends New Orleans-made Cathead HooDoo Chicory Liqueur with cold brew coffee and orgeat syrup for a Crescent City original.
Go Man, Go
From Ryan Gannon of Cure in New Orleans, Louisiana
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