Cocktails

Falling Into Fall Cocktails

Ahhh... the smell of fall is in the air. Leaves start to turn, the weather gets crisp. No, wait, we live in New Orleans, REWIND. Fall for us means the beginning of oyster season, the temps and humidity go down…

Caterer's Choice: Signature Cocktails

  For the past few months, we’ve been featuring recipes from Chef Bryan Clark, executive chef at Joel Catering. Each recipe is perfect for a date night in, an engagement party, or even a wedding reception.  Food is at the…

Hurricane!

It’s a real New Orleans thing to refer to a weather condition of mass destruction and make a cocktail out of the thought. The drink is called a Hurricane. And as with most parts of our culinary history, what we…

A+ Happy Hours For End of Summer

You’re sitting at your desk, tapping your pen, day dreaming about making a mad dash to a great happy hour. Time can’t seem to move fast enough. Don’t worry, there are plenty of daily specials, deals and decent happy hours to…

Evidently We Needed That

If you own something the least bit out of the ordinary – like a swimming pool, an exotic pet, a fancy car, or multiple bottles of fine adult beverages – you likely have been exposed to esoteric products specifically designed…

A Matter of Degrees

The two favorite topics right now around town are the daily temperatures and the Saints preparing for their assault on the NFL. Let’s leave the Saints to their own devices and assume we will all be in that number in…

Cool Happy Hours on Hot Summer Days

We love summertime in New Orleans. There are so many fun things to do. And we are getting a lot of emails from you, asking us to check out certain places and share it with everyone. So, here are a few…

Unlikely Duets

The human tasting apparatus is a screwy thing. The result of tens of thousands of years of evolution, we all have reached a stage where there is no standardization. You would think after all that time, we, as a species,…

The Choice Is Yours

We all know that the annual Tales of the Cocktail Festival is this week and the opportunities for enjoying cocktails are endless. But, what is Tales, and what does it mean for the person who isn’t a bartender, distiller or…

Summertime Drinking is Easy in the Big Easy

Thursday, June 21, marks the first day of summer. But, this time of year it's hot and humid and we spend most of our days fanning ourselves. Bartenders are pulling out all the stops this summer to make something magical in…

Doth A Rosé by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

Well, does it? In this new age of rosé-style wine appreciation, it appears the acceptable product definition is all over the sensory-sense map. The color can be very light, pinkish going all the way to light red. The bouquet can…

Urban Myths

In a place as old as New Orleans, legends are bound to be created, and the stories surrounding those legends are equally bound to be enhanced in every re-telling. You know how the childhood game of “gossip” or “telephone” worked.…

The Breakfast Club Brunch Crawl

This Saturday, Mother’s Day weekend will have an '80s theme throughout downtown as attendees of The Breakfast Club Brunch Crawl try cocktails and brunch items from local bars and restaurants. The crawl, whose name references the popular John Hughes film…

Keep Calm and Drink On

  In case you haven’t heard, New Orleans is perhaps the best drinking town on the planet and you don’t have to get ridiculously tipsy to prove it. The list of impressive places to imbibe is far and wide in…

Sipping through Spring & Summer

  It’s that time of year when bars start rolling out their springtime menus despite the chilly, then warm days we’ve been having lately. Never fear. The sun is always shining on the spirit world and bartenders all over the…

Ice, Ice Baby

  It may sound silly, but ice matters. In bar language, if you order something on ‘the rocks’ you are getting your favorite spirit over ice. Now it’s time to explore the marathon debate, should you dilute your spirit with…

Hotel Bar Hopping

Enjoying a great cocktail in New Orleans is what many people love to do – whether its morning, noon or night. For decades we have sought out the most fabulous watering holes to quench or thirst and our desire for the…

In the Bloody Mary Mood?

  Who makes the best bloody mary in New Orleans? This is a question that has been debated over and over. It really is hard to nail it down to just one..or two for that matter. From your favorite neighborhood…

Krewe of Cocktails

  Carnival season is ground zero for people who love to have a great cocktail; as drinks are available morning, noon and well into the night.  There is plenty to see and do during this most festive time of year; and…

It’s About Thyme

  Imagine a product that is at least 45 percent alcohol, higher than any beer, wine or whiskey, and yet is not classified alcoholic, so it can be sold to youth and to those whose lips never touch alcohol. The irony is…

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

  It’s that time of year when we bundle up and search out hot cocktails to warm our chilly bones. Get out of our comfort zones and stir things up a bit during this wintry season. We all know nothing…

Romantic Bars in New Orleans

  It’s here, 2018! And what a great time to head out on the town and enjoy the most romantic bars in the city. The Sazerac Bar in the CBD is a great place to imbibe on the signature cocktail…