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Jun 20, 201808:05 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Summertime Drinking is Easy in the Big Easy

Thursday, June 21, marks the first day of summer. But, this time of year it's hot and humid and we spend most of our days fanning ourselves. Bartenders are pulling out all the stops this summer to make something magical in glass, just for you. So, now is a good time to hit the streets and enjoy all of the great cocktails the city has to offer. 

Recently, we scouted out a few places that you might want to try out this summer.

Faubourg Wine (2805 St Claude Ave.) has free wine tasting every Wednesday. Did we say FREE?! its a fun neighborhood wine shop with an awesome team. During the wine tasting you’ll get four different selections to try from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Inside, there is also a bar where you can sip a variety of regional wine selections for $5. Team member, Song Ly said, “It’s like it’s always happy hour. You get to taste, learn and have fun all at the same time.”

We popped into Manolito’s (508 Dumaine St.) recently and found that the mojitos and daiquiri’s there are great. The Floridita is the house daiquiri with maraschino liqueur. The Jazz Daiquiri is richer in flavor, refreshing and it was originally made to honor musicians in Cuba. It has rum, Creme de cacao and coffee. One aspect of Manolito's we love is that it is open Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. This is a relatively new Cuban-inspired craft cocktail bar opened by bartenders Chris Hannah and Nick Detrich. The bar is petite, seats 35, and serves a lot of classics. Bartenders will use what’s called, “throwing the drink” technique, which simply means drinks will be mixed by pouring them from high in the air. Fun times, we tell you.

Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas St.) has a rocking happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 - 5:30 p.m. We’re told, with a wink, it could stretch sometimes to 6 p.m. Here bartenders serve $6 daiquiris and martinis. There are also specials on select wine and beer.
Have you ever had a cocktail served out of a copper bunny rabbit? Well here, you can! The house specialty cocktail has vodka, pineapple jalapeño tequila, ginger lime and Mumm champagne. It’s fun and a great way to enjoy a cocktail, especially if you love bunnies.


Don’t forget to mark your calendar for upcoming drink festivals:

July 17-22: Tales of the Cocktail

Sept. 22: NOLA on Tap



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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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