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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Springsteen and the mango freeze that wasn't

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Alas, it was not to be...
  • Alas, it was not to be...
New Orleans cocktail connoisseur and author Wayne Curtis is a) often in the right place at the right time, and B) rarely at a loss when cocktails are involved, so the following story is both tragic and uncharacteristic. All you need to know is that Wayne managed to get damn close to Bruce Springsteen at Jazz Fest on Sunday (right place, right time) while in possession of both mango freezes and two flasks of good rum:

Now, bringing liquor into Jazzfest is illegal and frowned upon by the authorities. Unsmiling people search your bags as you enter to prevent this. And I can’t encourage or condone stupid and juvenile efforts to sneak in liquor. But, somehow, back at base camp, through inexplicable and possibly miraculous circumstances, I found myself in possession of two flasks of Banks Five Island Rum. Also — and these must have been left in my daypack from a previous event — I found a battery-powered swizzle stick, a large plastic mixing cup, and a small bottle of Bitter Truth Orange Bitters.

I know. What are the odds?

As Wayne, ever the consummate host when liquor is involved, mixed rum-spiked mango freezes for his party, Springsteen, who was just a few feet away, seemed to take note:

What happened next is a matter of some conjecture among our party. Some believe he spontaneously chose to crowd-surf, or possibly he lost his balance and decided just to go with it. However, others of us are pretty certain he spotted a delicious mango and rum drink being served below, and thought to himself, “That looks pretty damn good! I wouldn’t mind one of those myself.

What happened next is a tragedy and a lesson in being prepared. Read it at Wayne's Slow Cocktails blog.

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