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New Orleans cocktail bar Bellocq begins cocktail pop-up series 

Pairing the herbaceous Italian liqueur amaro with the bittersweet flavors of chocolate might not be the first combination that comes to mind when mixing drinks, but for Bellocq bartender Brian Kientz, it was a natural fit. An event last week featuring those flavors was the first in a series of cocktail-related pop-up events planned at the St. Charles Avenue craft cocktail bar at Hotel Modern (936 St. Charles Ave., 504-962-0911).

  Future events in the series will take place the third Tuesday of every month. Next month's theme is still being finalized, but Kientz says there's a good chance guests can expect frozen interpretations of classic 20th-century cocktails.

  Kientz says he was inspired to do the first event after reading about the Italian tradition of pairing a piece of chocolate with an amaro in the late afternoon. "(The) combination of flavors really stuck with me," Kientz says. "(It's) such a natural combination — bittersweet chocolate and a bitter amaro."

  Featured drinks are priced similar to the bar's regular menu, which also is available during the events, ranging from $8 to $14.

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