Drinks experts Martin Cate and Jeff Berry gave a talk at the Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans about fern bars, which were popular in the 1970s and 1980s and sold sweet, heavy drinks intended for women. "The drinks were really popular because they were the alcoholic equivalent of comfort food," Cate said. "They had familiar, comfortable flavors, like oranges, vanilla ice cream, peaches, things like that."

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