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Refreshing Tribute

See if this sounds familiar: From great disaster can come amazing accomplishments. In 1788, the second of three village-threatening fires faced by colonial New Orleans destroyed this community’s church. A Spanish government official, Don Almonaster y Roxas (sometimes noted as…

Gin Fizz by Another Name

Historically, public houses and pharmacies were places that dispensed all manner of beverages for social and medicinal purposes. Louis Dufilho, America’s first licensed pharmacist who provided medicines and “mixed potions” to cure what was ailing you, practiced in New Orleans.…

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Craving ComfortAfter the last night of the year, and all the celebrations that stretch into the next morning, January does not have much to recommend it. Sure, around here we enjoy the antics of the Phunny Phorty Phellows lumbering down…

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The spiciest seasonThe holiday season means tables laden with an abundance of visual gustatory pleasures, bringing delight for all invited to gather. Yet, long before we approach the photo-moment, the home is filled with the aromas of meats, fowl, fish,…

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Famous Fizz From French QuarterAt the time of his death in 1928, the New Orleans Item said of Henry Charles Ramos, “If all the saloonkeepers in America had been like Mr. Ramos, Prohibition would never have come to pass.” Indeed,…

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The complications of simplicity: making a true daiquiri

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Attractive oppositesWorld Cocktail Week 2010 has been declared and, in New Orleans, there will be a celebration on World Cocktail Day: Thurs., May 13. That becomes doubly important for our city because here within the Riverwalk Festival Marketplace, on the…

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Simple, bold drinks for big jazzThis month, the French Quarter Festival takes up a whole weekend, April 9-11. Then we have the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which rolls for two big weekends, April 23-25 and April 29-May 2.…

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Mixing for the massesLet us say you’re one of New Orleans’ most talented and respected mixologists. Let us also say there’s a celebration in your town each year where the rule “anything goes” is in effect, giving you free rein…

Non-stop: Mexico City’s Micheleda

What beverage can we enjoy to combat the heat and the humidity? Now that there are non-stop flights between New Orleans and Mexico City, we look there for inspiration.The Michelada is a combination of Spanish words derived from the Mexico…

Variations on a Theme

Finally, we know that the common belief about elderly dogs and new tricks isn’t true. Even if you’re bound to old traditions, you can give them a modern twist. Take the Mint Julep, and in the middle of a New…

Herbsaint – a New Orleans invention

After absinthe was made illegal, just before World War I, which was followed by Prohibition, then the Great Depression, then the repeal of Prohibition; finally there was a moment that seemed to be a perfect time for a legal anise-flavored…

You’ve earned it!

While the fourth month of the calendar year is known as the beginning of spring, or bringer of showers that create flowers, Americans know the month best as the deadline to submit an economic accounting of the previous year to…

Something Italian

It has been said that in New Orleans, if you wait on any street corner for just a little while (not to be confused with stoop-sittin’), the weather will change, a parade will go by or someone will invite you…