We live in a place where change is not shunned, but neither is it encouraged. New Orleans likes herself and her surroundings. Changes are simply not sought out.
What we have is fine for us and it seems our guests from all over the world are somewhat in agreement. If they have been here before, they are glad to find matters still in place when they return. We are not static for the sake of, we are constant because that’s the kind of town we want.
For a long, long time, our grandparents and our parents made trips on busses operated by NOPSI to Canal Street, went to a building on Baronne Street labeled New Orleans Public Service to pay their electric and gas bills, all the while walking over metal covers on the sidewalk labeled NOPSI. Some of the circumstances have changed but the large round metal covers on the sidewalk still note the name of the company that provided those services to our families.
The NOPSI building lives again, only this time it’s a hotel, and a very fine one at that. Gone are the displays of water heaters, washers and dryers, and depictions of housewives espousing machines that wash dishes or appliances that iron wrinkled clothing.
The environment of the NOPSI hotel is familiar but changed. Cocktails were never a part of the journey to pay the electric bill.
1 oz. Aviation Gin
2 oz. Rosé
0.25 oz. 1:1 Simple Syrup
0.25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
2 Dash El Guapo Love Potion #9 Bitters
Served over Crushed Ice
Muddle 3 blueberries in shaking tin. Add all other ingredients and shake with cubed ice. Double strain the cocktail into a coupe glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a blueberry and serve.
NOPSI Hotel, 317 Baronne St., (844) 439-1463, NopsiHotel.com