Chapter Six of the Beachbum’s upcoming book (Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks … and the People Behind Them) is devoted to a now largely forgotten but once world-renowned creator of tropical drinks. The book won’t be out till the end of the year, but there will be a sneak preview of Chapter Six at the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans this Monday, June 25.  After shaking up a round of Kiliki Coolers, the bum will present his slide-show seminar, “International Barman Of Mystery:  The Saga Of Joe Scialom.”  (That’s Joe pictured above, circa 1952.)

In case you missed Todd Price’s New Orleans Times-Picayune coverage last week, Joe’s amazing life story began in Cairo with him creating the Suffering Bastard — the infamous hangover cure that enabled Montgomery’s Desert Rats to win the battle of El Alamein — and continued in Havana, Paris, London, Istanbul and Manhattan as Joe slung drinks through two revolutions and three wars to become the world’s most famous midcentury bartender, serving the likes of Winston Churchill, Conrad Hilton, and Truman Capote along the way. For ticket info:



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