Cocktails

Everything Is Better With Booze

  "Work hard, play hard" – the phrase so many of us in New Orleans have lived by for years. COVID-19 has made the mantra a bit harder. Now, finding a place that offers drink specials and happy hours is…

A Sweet, Minty Julep for Kentucky Derbying at Home

Due to the weirdness that is our year of the pandemic, the 146th Kentucky Derby did not run on the first Saturday in May. Rather, it is running tomorrow — the first Saturday in September. My husband and I are…

Date Night: Pandemic Edition

  With statewide and city pandemic phasing and social distancing mandates still in place and a few tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico, it is easy to let everything consume your mood and completely kill the romance. But it’s…

Last Call: Old is New Again

In the heat of a New Orleans summer, like now, for instance, creativity and more effort fade away to a “Let’s just get this done as quickly as possible” attitude. Understandable. The daiquiri cocktail takes its name from both a…

CAVAN & Longway Tavern Launch Happy Hours

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – LeBLANC + SMITH restaurants CAVAN and Longway Tavern just announced the launch of happy hour at both locations. Starting Friday, Aug. 14, the happy hours will run Wednesday-Sunday 4-6 p.m. CAVAN Happy Hour: Beverages:  …

Wanna Grab A Drink?

Baby, it’s hot outside and many of us are looking for cool cocktails to beat the heat. Finding a place that is open might be a bit of a challenge these days, but if you call ahead and ask around,…

Hold Up, Where’s Happy Hour?

  We are currently experiencing a bitter taste of COVID-Blues. Typically, in the heat of the summer, we are craving a good gathering with wonderful cocktails at some of our favorite places. My, how times have changed. COVID-19 has no…

Summer Sippin' In New Orleans Series

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – A few New Orleans bartenders are sharing cocktail recipes in a new Summer Sippin' in New Orleans series. The bartenders are from popular local restaurants and the cocktails are perfect to make at home.…

Hone Your Bartending Skills at Home

  It’s the heat of summer and we recently had a quick taste of getting things back to normal, or somewhat normal. We grew accustomed to walking into a bar masked up, sitting apart at a same distance... Then BAM,…

Melanie’s Mighty Tasty Mexican Martini

  We lived in Texas for 12 years and to this day, I frequently crave a good Mexican Martini. For the uninitiated, it’s a margarita, but with the addition of olive juice and a lot more tequila. The extra tequila…

A Summer's Reward

Usually the trek to arrive at a New Orleans’ July is not so manic, not so distressing. This year we have all paid a dear price for the journey and we have arrived at a season not usually associated with…

The Joys of Rum, Part 2

  Our previous column, The Joys of Rum, Part 1, seems to have hit a responsive chord among readers and so we are pleased to continue the thread. Besides, rum is such a broad topic and close to our lives…

Missing The Bar?

  While restaurants across New Orleans continue to reopen, many of us have been patiently waiting for bars to open their doors, too – safely,  of course. Recently, the city has allowed bars to open at 25 percent capacity during…

Urban South Brewery Welcomes Guests Back to Taproom

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Urban South Brewery is welcoming guests back to its Tchoupitoulas Street taproom for service. On Saturday, June 13, the brewery reopened for outdoor seating and onsite consumption of beer with food from local popups. Beginning…

The Joys of Rum, Part 1

  Rum needs better publicity representation. How can a spirit so outstanding and enjoyable not be a part of every drinking person’s daily program? If nothing else, on historic value alone, rum certainly makes for a better story than vodka.…

Opening Up

  It does appear as of this writing that Louisiana and New Orleans have gone about dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in as good a fashion as can be done. That may be damning with faint praise as we still…

Gris-Gris Adds Frozen Cocktails to Takeout Menu

Gris-Gris has announced the addition of frozen cocktails and daiquiris! Along with its limited food menu (which includes well-known favorites like its gumbo, shrimp and grits, poboys, burger and bread pudding), Gris-Gris will also have the below frozen cocktails available…

Become Your Own Bartender

  As the global pandemic strikes us all, it leaves bars with closed doors and quiet registers. Owners, servers and bartenders are forced to find alternative ways to survive. And bars don’t even have the option to adopt the now…

Go-To Go-Cups

  With lockdown going into week 2,345 and the spring weather beckoning, most of us have been doing a lot more porch and patio sitting and taking and long walks in the neighborhood. The latter also means blowing through that…

Cocktail Cravings?

  Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. How do we socialize and sip our favorite cocktails if we have to social distance? Many people are using social media platforms to gather online, which has proven to be a fun time.…

Great Locales Inspire Great Cocktails

  (This article was composed before the full implementation of the effects and governmental restraints as applied to the Corona Virus outbreak. This article was penned on Friday March 13, which now seems eons ago. But the hope is that…

New Orleans Bartenders Create Spring-Inspired Mocktails

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Local bartenders from some top New Orleans restaurants have announced new "mocktail" additions to their drink menus.   Jewel of the South, Chris Hannah Faux-ld Fashioned – Darjeeling Tea, Demerara, Oak Barrel Extract from…