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The French Have It Right!


Whatever else you may think of France, the people of that nation have the correct idea for August: They head for the beach or the cooler countryside en masse.

I don’t know why the city in the New World entrusted with the heritage of both the monarchy and the republic didn’t adopt this practice. No question that La Nouvelle Orleans is hotter and more humid than anything in northern Europe.

Here is a suggestion: Take a few days, act like a visitor in your own town and wander the air-conditioned museums and attractions, stopping often for refreshments.

Fortunately there’s a new dining and drinking destination, just opened in the Vieux Carré, by the Commander’s Palace branch of the Brennan family.

SoBou means “south of Bourbon Street,” and while we usually have no idea where true compass points are, this new outlet, at 316 Chartres St. in the W Hotel, will help clear our continually confused directional condition – unless, of course, you implement a program to over-sample tasty wares at the bar.  

Rue Royal
1/2    ounce apricot brandy
1/2    ounce amber rum
1/4    ounce Maraschino liqueur
1/4    ounce lemon juice
2    drops Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
    Lemon twist
    Champagne or sparkling wine, brut

Combine all liquid ingredients, except wine, in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a champagne flute.

Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Created by Lu Brow, barmistress extraordinaire at both Café Adelaide and SoBou.

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