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Feb 14, 201811:18 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Ditch the Booze

Eighty-six alcohol for Lent


It’s not unusual for many of us to give up alcohol for Lent. Are you in that number? If so, there are several bars that are making it a breeze to get thorough the 40-day Lenten season. 

Don't miss out just because you're not drinking. You can still meet up for cocktails without giving up on your alcohol-free challenge by trying a mocktail. 

A mocktail, as many of us know, is a non-alcoholic drink consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks. 

When looking for non-alcoholic drinks, you might not see them on the menu, but don’t be shy about asking the bartender to mix something up for you. 

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 (321 N. Peters St.) is a good place to find good non-alcoholic tiki drinks. The team there can whip up creative drinks that use awesome flavors and ingredients to make sure you don’t feel left out. 

Bar Tonique (820 Rampart St.) is a cozy tavern that uses several juices, house made syrups and bitters to make a tasty mocktail concoction. In a place known for creative craft cocktails, bartenders are happy to leave out the booze and make an interesting libation. 

SoBou (310 Chartres St.) has several ways to quench your thirst during Lent. Using fruits, herbs, honey and other great ingredients to shake things up, this team of bar chefs is ready for the non-drinker who wants to still enjoy a night out. 

Fulton Alley (6600 Fulton St.) is a boutique bowling alley with a fabulous cocktail menu. Drinks are carefully curated and can be made without being spiked. Be sure to ask the bartender to make it a strike when it comes to serving you a flavorful and fun drink that will leave you without a buzz. 

These of course are just a few places in a city full of fantastic watering holes. But keep in mind, most bars and restaurants will gladly accommodate your 40-day detox. And the good news here is, usually, mocktails are less expensive than regular cocktails.   

A word of advice, be ready if others to react when they hear you aren’t drinking. Some may say “just one won’t hurt.”  But in a city that is said to have invented the cocktail, turns out we can also make great mocktails, too.   

So, here’s to sticking to your plan and remember you can still drink for fun without the alcohol. Cheers!




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Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy


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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