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Feb 13, 201908:05 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Love & Carnival Cocktails



New Orleans is gearing up for Valentine's Day and Carnival, and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail? 

Flamingo A-Go-Go (869 Magazine St.) will host Galentine's Day on Friday, Feb. 15. They are celebrating women by showing chick flicks galore. You can sip on great drinks while watching "Clueless" at 7 p.m. and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" at 9 p.m. So grab your gal pals and enjoy a Rose Bowl-Quet, which is made with Absolute Pear, pink Limoncello, frozen raspberries, juices and is served in a fishbowl glass with 1/2 dozen pink roses. 

The Velvet Cactus (6300 Argonne Blvd.) is hosting National Margarita Day along with several other places around town. For all of you tequila lovers, Friday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. is the time to hit this Lakeview spot for several margarita specials and selections. Each guest who buys a margarita on National Margarita Day will receive a card for a FREE house margarita on their next visit. But, there’s a catch. You must tell your server, “Happy Mardi Gras, I need a margarita,” to get your free margarita card. 

Broussard’s Restaurant (819 Conti St.) is hosting its Krewe of Bubbles Brunch in the courtyard. It’s the second year for this event and it will be a fun time celebrating bubbly, while featuring live music, champagne specials and a second line. Krewe of Bubbles Brunch will be Friday, March 1 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. If that’s not enough excitement, you are asked to wear your CRAZIEST Carnival costume for a contest and a chance to win a “bubbly” prize. Some of the specials include Charles Roux Blanc de Blanc $6 a glass/$26 a bottle, Poema Rosé $6 a glass/$26 a bottle, G.H. Mumm $12 a glass/$52 a bottle and Veuve Cliquot $25 a glass/$100 a bottle. What a fun way to spend the afternoon, right?

Grand Krewe Wine (2305 Decatur St.) is hosting Carnival Wine Tasting. Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 3 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Here you’ll have what they are calling "A Beautiful Tasting Flight." During the event you’ll taste select wine, cheese, desserts, exquisite champagne and small edibles. Grand Krewe says there will be a few different champagne selections from France including a brut, blanc de blanc and rosé. A great time to enjoy sips and samples for just $25.

These are just some of the fun and festive events happening around town. If you have a fun cocktail happy hour or fun cocktail event you want us to check out, let us know so we can share it with everyone.




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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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