Bar Tab: Local Whiskey
Seven Three Distilling Co., which came to the rescue during quarantine with its made in-house hand sanitizer, is once again satisfying the needs of locals with the recent release of its Irish Channel Whiskey. While this is the third release of the whiskey, it is the first release since December 2019 thanks to a supply chain delay during the pandemic. The Irish American whiskey blend is aged in French oak cognac barrels, and the distillery has released eight barrels worth of the brown liquor. Grab a bottle at the distillery or at grocery stores.
301 N. Claiborne Ave., 265-8545, seventhreedistilling.com.
Sippin’ on Seltzer
Alcoholic seltzers have become all the rage, and one local brewery now has its very own line. Urban South Brewery, known for its suds like Paradise Park American light lager and Holy Roller IPA, has released a line of hard seltzers in a bevy of refreshing flavors. Options include Raspberry Limeade, Pineapple Punch, Lychee Guava, Triple Berry, Strawberry Kiwi and more. All flavors are available in 12-ounce cans, with some flavors available in four packs and other flavors available in six packs.
1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 267-4852, urbansouthbrewery.com.
Perfect for the New Year, wine-based cocktails are making their way into the limelight. These trendy refreshments are made by mixing wine with artisanal ingredients and high-quality spirits. The lower ABV content traditionally found in these concoctions provides just the right amount of buzz to avoid a headache the next day. While you can find wine cocktails all over the city, be sure to head over to Hot Tin—the rooftop bar at The Pontchartrain Hotel—and ask for the Wolf in Lamb’s Clothing. It’s made with Lambrusco, gin, honey syrup and lemon juice, and it’s sure to put a pep in your step.
2031 St. Charles Ave., 323-1500, hottinbar.com.
Fresh Fruit Daiquiris
If you’re looking for a refreshing pick-me-up, look no further than Bourrèe’s rotating selection of daiquiris made fresh daily with seasonal ingredients. While flavors are always changing, some of the options in the past have included the Gin and Tonic (gin, cucumbers and kaffir lime leaves), the Apple Jack Daq (Benchmark bourbon, satsuma and apple cider), the Satsunami (rum, satsuma juice, basil and spiced syrup) and the Not Ya Mom & Dem’s (rum, strawberries, blackberries, lime and basil). Order one in 12 ounces or 16 ounces to enjoy on the outdoor patio, or grab a few flavors in half-gallon and full-gallon sizes to go.