Author: Elizabeth Pearce

Bitters Sweet

Most New Orleanians are familiar with Antoine Peychaud’s bitters, a key ingredient in the city’s official cocktail, the Sazerac. Now there is a new Peychaud’s, his namesake bar located in his one-time residence on Toulouse Street. Head bartender Nick Jarrett…

Harvest Season

  Jesse Carr, Bar Director at Justine, offers a twist on typical, tomato-based cocktails like a Bloody Mary. “I love the idea of taking elements out of their normal spaces,” he said. Instead of featuring savory flavors, “La Recolter” (French…

Birthday Dream

  When Brennan’s staff brainstormed 75th birthday celebration ideas, wine director Braithe Tidwell found unlikely inspiration. “I dreamed we changed our entire cocktail menu to French 75s. I woke up and thought, “That is completely ridiculous…. Or, maybe a good…

Poetry in a Glass

  Laura Bellucci created this absinthe inspired daiquiri, as an homage to the 19th century French poet, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, an early advocate of “art for art’s sake.” After spending time in the Caribbean, his writing frequently referenced that tropical…

Speak Easy

  Kent Westmoreland created this Gimlet variation after reading about the Beverly Country Club in “Mafia Kingfish.” The Beverly was an illegal casino on River Road, just beyond the Orleans Parish line, that operated from 1955-1962. Its owners included local…

In the Pink

  Latitude 29 owner and tiki maestro Jeff Berry created the Pink Moon during the pandemic when he was really missing his French Quarter bar. He began with a new guava purée that he was excited to try, then added…

Voodoo Brew

huio Kimberly Patton Bragg created Keeper of the Crossroads for a New Orleans themed cocktail competition in Las Vegas. The drink honors the voodoo deity, Papa Legba. “I know he usually drinks rum,” admitted Bragg “but I figure he likes…

Ginger Snap

Rhiannon Enlil is celebrating National Women’s Month at the Sazerac House with her riff on the Gin Gin Mule, a drink originally created by New York cocktail luminary and mentor Audrey Saunders. Enlil counts Saunders and other women working in…

Porch Punch

Luis Zepeda has only lived in New Orleans for two Carnival seasons, but he already has his favorite parade drink: a boozy Arnold Palmer made with Luzianne tea-infused bourbon and charred lemons. The charring brings a subtle smokiness and smooths…

Cheers: Cheers New Year

Need to dial back your alcohol consumption post holidays? Try the Abruzzo, a refreshing low proof cocktail, featuring Punt y Mes vermouth, created by Bar Tonique General Manager Mark Schettler. Mark is a fan of sipping vermouth when he doesn’t…

Cheers: Christmas Cheer

Holiday plans seem a bit uncertain these days. Will we be able to spend time with all our friends and family or continue to be limited to small groups? With that in mind, it’s best to choose a holiday cocktail…

Cheers: Sugar and Spice

Andrea Heming’s “The Other Redhead,” a riff on the classic Manhattan, was created when she worked with redhead Kimberly Patton Bragg. Customers would ask if she was Kim and she’d say “No, I’m the other redhead.” The drink is a…

Twist on a Punch

Bartender Toure Folkes founded Turning Tables in July 2019. Turning Tables advocates for equity in the hospitality industry providing mentorship, educational tools and classes, as well as exposure for the brown and black community of New Orleans. A core component…

Louisiana’s Clear Spirits

The craft distilling business is booming nationally, with over 500 distilleries across the country. Louisiana is following the trend with distilleries opening throughout the state, making a variety of spirits. Here, four companies share their toast-worthy success stories.    …