Cocktails

Purple Haze

Mixologists find it easy to fall in love with Empress 1908 gin derived from butterfly pea blossoms that give the libation its natural indigo color. Handcrafted in small-batch copper pot stills, its exquisite taste, regal look and delicate aroma make…

Yardi Gras Cocktails

  There are so many fun and creative ways to make the best of this off-colored Carnival season. From house floats to fabulous door decorations or creative cocktails, we are up for the challenge. Since city officials are encouraging us…

Drink Whatcha Wanna

  Mardi Gras will be different this year. Official floats will not be rolling in 2021, the best time of the year will be condensed and we will be forced to find alternative ways to maneuver through Carnival season. This…

Cheers

New Orleans is surely known for its culture, music, food and festivals, but it’s also a drinking town like no other. Maybe it’s our love of revelry—or of simply meeting new friends everywhere we go—but New Orleanians have a knack…

New Years Eve Drinks

  It seems restrictions are getting tighter when it comes to going out and visiting our favorite bars. We understand, but that makes for challenging times when trying to come up with festive and great cocktails for the holiday season.…

Cocktails to Get You Through Cancelled Christmas

  Hey, we don’t want to hear, "Bah Humbug," and references to the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas." It’s time for cocktail lovers to turn our frowns upside down and consider the glass half full. Let’s get the excitement for the…

Mulling It Over

  As I near the finish line of my six-month alcohol-free adventure, which is Jan. 4 for those following along, the holidays — aka mulled beverage season — are upon us. Deprivation is not part of the Bon Vivant lifestyle,…

Yuletide Cocktails

  Holiday cocktails are calling our names, and right about now we are dreaming of hot toddy’s, whimsical cocktails and seasonal wines. It’s time to trim the tree, hang the mistletoe and get creative about our festive holiday drinks. Like…

Recettes de cocktail: Party Gras Mambo

Acadiana’s unconventional winter holidays of 2020 are undulating like Bach’s celestial “Christmas Oratorio” trumpets that crescendo and decrescendo until the Epiphany on Jan. 6, when Twelfth Night signals Carnival king cakes and cocktails. Revelers can step up their Mardi Gras…

Bar Tab: Cocktail Series

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and Bombay Sapphire have partnered to launch The Canvas Project, a web-based content series featuring the creative passions of last year’s 12 finalists in the Most Imaginative Bartender competition. From photography and videography, to home…

Mix it Up

  The coronavirus is not yet finished wreaking havoc on the world. While we are all still social distancing and being safe however, we still need something to celebrate or a way to insert fun into our day-to-day activities. We…

Holiday Happy Hour at Home

  The holiday season is upon us and, like everything else, it will be a bit different this year. There will likely be fewer people, less spirited revelry and we will be forced to find ways to use our creative…

Brunch Bunch: Melanie’s Mellow (or Not) Michelada

This week I hit month four of my six-month alcohol-free challenge. (It’s going well, I don’t miss booze and I feel great, thanks for asking!) I celebrated by mixing up and hoisting an ice-cold Michelada. That is, an ice cold,…

Crazy Times Call For Crazy Cocktails

  Many of us are swirling from the whirlwind of hurricanes, the pandemic, elections and so much more these days. And recently, some of you have been asking us for cocktails to match our ever changing moods. So, we are…

Bar Tab: Happy Hour

Beloved local restaurant Sylvain—part of LeBLANC + SMITH’s collection of restaurants—has launched a new Happy Hour just in time for fall. Taking place Wednesday through Sunday from 4-6 p.m., it features a group of Lucky 7 cocktails (all are $7)…

Wine Not?

  I know what you are thinking: What’s the point of a zero proof French 75? It is said to have been created not long after World War I and named after a French 75mm field gun, precisely because of…

Toups' Meatery Re-launches Happy Hour

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Mid-City New Orleans’ go-to spot for Cajun rustic cookery and killer cocktails, Toups Meatery, has just announced the re-launch of Happy Hour. Guests can enjoy Happy Hour Monday through Friday, from 3PM – 5PM…

Rerun: Bars Doing it differently, Again

  The new government rule states that bars can now begin serving to-go drinks again, but other restrictions still remain in place. Our suggestion is that you check with a place before you go in to make sure you are…

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…

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,…