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Feb 28, 201810:55 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

In the Bloody Mary Mood?


Who makes the best bloody mary in New Orleans? This is a question that has been debated over and over. It really is hard to nail it down to just one..or two for that matter. From your favorite neighborhood watering hole to the fancy weekend brunches, one thing we understand in New Orleans is our unwavering the love for this cocktail. Here are just some places serving it up right.

Ralph’s on the Park (900 City Park Ave.) has bloody mary’s that have been called hauntingly delicious. Their house made bloody mary mix is full of unique richness, spicy flavors and guests who just cannot get enough. The lemon basil bloody mary has infused vodka and is a crowd favorite.

Cafe Amelie (912 Royal St.) arguably has one of the best courtyards in the city for dining and drinking. Once enjoying the relaxing atmosphere, out comes the bloody mary. Oh yes, here it’s fun and flavorful. One version has a Polynesian inspired twist. If its spicy you want, they can mix that up for you too. Sipping in the courtyard, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Katie’s (3701 Iberville St.) has bottomless options on Sundays including the bloody mary. Here, bartender Devin Shearman says, "we have so much fun with these drinks. The bottomless option has a basic mix, El Guapo gumbo bitters, lemon, garlic, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire and if i’m feeling frisky, i’ll add in a splash of cucumber juice.” How is that for, WOW. Just as unique, but not part of the bottomless option, is the spicy bloody made with jalapeño infused Reyka vodka. Warning: it has a nice kick on the back end.

Atchafalaya (901 Louisiana Ave.) knows how to push the boundaries. It's hard to find someone who isn't raving about the bloody mary bar here. there is a build-your-own station with vegetables, simple sides, juices, cucumber, jalapeño, real tomato juice and a whole lot more. This is a fun option and a real salute to the tomato gods.

Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave.) doesn’t disappoint by any stretch of the imagination. This bloody mary arrives with a house-made mix and spicy rimmed glass. It’s spiked with a vodka that has been sitting frozen in a block of ice. This is a decades long tradition is one that keeps us coming back for more. General manager, Don Strunk says, “uniqueness and great service is what we strive for and our bloody mary is no exception.”

Of course, we could go on and on with all of the fabulous places to have the beloved bloody mary. All are different and all are creatively made. After all it is a part of our drinking culture, our ever changing palates and welcomed on most any day of the week. Bartenders in New Orleans make them with pride and artistry. It may be fun to go on a bloody mary excursion and hop around town to experience the best from uptown, downtown to back-a-town.

For the craftiest and most creative bloody mary’s head to the Bloody Mary Festival at Howlin Wolf on March 24. 

Let us know where you find the best and we will add it to our every growing list of best places to go.



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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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