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Dec 19, 201810:49 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Hey, When’s (Holiday) Happy Hour?

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You don’t have to go to the North Pole to get really ‘cool’ holiday cocktails. Luckily we live in a city full of spirits, where imbibing is a past time. We love it especially during the holidays because so many great bartenders pull out all the creative stops to give us festive fun in a glass.

The Bombay Club (830 Conti St.) – This happy hour is fun and festive everyday from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Right now there are four different beer selections for $4 each, five wine selections for $5 each and six $6 specialty cocktails. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the live entertainment after a busy day in the quarter.

Kingfish (337 Chartres St.) – The restaurant is ready for all of the fun the holidays bring. Cocktail specials here are sure to please. From 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. there are half off deals on two specific wine selections, half off beers – including draft varieties – and $6 special cocktails. The cocktail program here is top notch and the team is on top of the cocktail game...especially during the holidays.

Palace Cafe (605 Canal St.) – Right now the team is rolling out the "Temperature Drink." This fun deal runs through Feb. 28. and says the price of the hot cocktail will be determined by the forecasted low for the day. So, if it’s 47 degrees, your drink will be $4.70. So, the colder it is the less you pay. Now, that’s cool. The featured drink at Palace Cafe is a hot toddy, but the team is also rolling out its hot spiced rum created by lead bartender Andrew Bates. The drink is served in a Irish coffee mug and topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick garnish. Each Brennan & Co.’s Family of restaurants is offering a special hot cocktail for the holidays. It’s the perfect way to make the most of New Orleans and the cooler temps.

Couvant (315 Magazine St.) Nestled in the Central Business District, inside the Eliza Jane Hotel, Couvant's holiday special cocktail is the Holiday Bourbon Milk punch, made with bourbon, pecan fat, heavy cream and Demerara syrup. The punch is a little on the pricey side for a cocktail, but well worth it. This charming place offers happy hour every day from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. During happy hour you can get 2- for-1 deals on the cocktail menu, beer menu and wine selections. Perfect spot to get cozy and toast to the holidays.

From sleigh rides to spirits, we encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try festive drinks like "Christmosas" and "Jingle Juice." Almost every bar will have a fun vodka, rum or tequila drink for you, you just have to ask. And remember, don’t stand too close to the mistletoe...or do.

Cheers.

 

 

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Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

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Daniel Victory is creator and owner of Victory and New Orleans Drink Lab. He has been lauded as a pioneer of the New Orleans "craft cocktail" emergence and is considered one of the most engaging ambassadors of the Crescent City. 

His dedication to preserving the artistry and sophistication of classic cocktail creation, as well as the ambiance and high standard of service set forth by many generations old bartenders, sets Daniel Victory apart from the rest. 

Daniel Victory said, “If bartending was a science then every martini would be the exactly the same (at least everyone using the same brand). Exact measurements of all the ingredients would yield exactly the same drink. It’s simple scientific method — a system of repeatable experiments that yield the same results. However, anyone who has ever had martinis will tell you, they are not all the same.”

To Victory, bartending is an art form.

By 2009 Victory garnered international acclaim after being recognized as one of the top 5 bartenders in GQ Magazine/Bombay Sapphires “Most Inspired Bartender” contest. After appearing in the December 2009 issue of GQ, Daniel traveled the world as a National Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire. After a year of never being in the same place more than 3 nights and a whirlwind of knowledge he decided it was time to return home, plant his roots and explore cocktail consulting.

In an effort to preserve everything he learned, Daniel became one of the founders and lead educators of the Crescent City School of Bartending and influential in establishing The Flo Woodward Memorial Scholarship.

Daniel is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and the Goldman Sachs & Bloomberg LP Business Coaching program.

The next step in leaving his imprint on his hometown is Victory. Nestled in between the Central Business District and New Orleans’ famed Canal Street, stands the physical combination of his aesthetic, travels, smarts & history. Victory has high standards and is often found molding the next generation of bartenders.

In 2015 Victory expanded his vision and yet again put his skills to work. The Old New Orleans Drink Lab is born. A groovy, old world feel where cocktail history and education are his top priority. Here you'll learn to make Crescent City classic cocktails and get the history along with it.

With Victory constantly mixing things up, there’s no sign of slowing down.

 

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