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Jan 31, 201811:06 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Krewe of Cocktails


Carnival season is ground zero for people who love to have a great cocktail; as drinks are available morning, noon and well into the night. 

There is plenty to see and do during this most festive time of year; and it's imperative to get our drinking plan together. With that in mind, we searched out some favorite spots to enjoy great cocktails while catching beads and dancing to our favorite local bands. 

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar (701 Tchoupitoulas St.) has a larger than life drink called the Pirates Punch. We all know punch is a great way to serve a thirsty crowd, and this one is rum-based, red in color and served in an actual fishbowl. They come in 40oz and 50oz containers. It’s new this year for Mardi Gras and bartender Chad Wilson says, “This is the place to be for a dip in the fishbowl.” While there, ask about their balcony access, which has all you can eat food and the coveted private bathrooms. 

Emeril’s New Orleans (800 Tchoupitoulas St.) has a special Mardi Gras cocktail menu with four specialty drinks. The King Cake Milk Punch uses E&J Brandy and king cake syrup. The Berry Bacchus is vodka-based with Chambord, ginger-mint syrup and lemon and lime juice. If that hits your
palate’s desire, there is more. Try the Golden Orpheus cocktail, which has blood orange vodka, elderflower liqueur, thyme simple syrup and grapefruit.  Now that’s Carnival cocktail creativity. 

Meril (424 Girod St.) located in the Warehouse District, is Chef Emeril Lagasse’s newest concept and fourth restaurant in New Orleans. The team there uses the hashtag #everydaysAparty. The special Mardi Gras menu features four specialty cocktails. The Flambeaux Punch has rum, passion fruit, banana and ginger syrup. The King Cake Coquito has white rum, coconut milk and lime. The bourbon-based Purple Knight has Lillette, lemon and blueberry. Assistant General Manager Miki Nikolic says, “coming up with these cocktails is fun and we love doing it. It adds a twist of revelry to an amazing time of year in our fabulous city.” 

Nosh (752 Tchoupitoulas St.) has a happy hour that is to die for. The team is offering four different modern craft brews for $4 each and five classic craft cocktails for $5 each. If its wine you love, Nosh has wines of the world for $6 each. Great deals for their social hour which is 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Gordon Biersch (200 Poydras St.) is great for a lot of reasons, but if you are looking for a great grab-and-go this could be fun. They are offering craft beer to-go.  This way you can sip your way through Carnival and have a blast doing it.   

We all know Mardi Gras is a special time for us and we love all of the rhythm and revelry of the season. Try carving out time for Carnival cocktails, because our beloved bartenders work hard making us specialty cocktails we can enjoy right here in the Big Easy!   



These are just a few options for you to try. If you find some wonderful drinks, please share them with us so we can share it with the world.  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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