Wine + Spirits

Double Dealer Debuts Beneath NOLA's Orpheum Theater

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The boundary-breaking Orpheum Theater debuted in the heart of New Orleans in 1918, beginning its tenure as the city’s centerpiece for avant-garde entertainment. Two years later, the dawn of prohibition led to the inevitable birth…

In The Mix

New Orleans is a drinking town. After all, this is the birthplace of the cocktail and home of the once bustling Storyville. The city’s history with libations and the fun-loving attitude of the locals create a concoction that’s ripe for…

Sazerac House Now Producing and Bottling Peychaud's Bitters

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Peychaud’s Bitters, originally created by Antoine Amedée Peychaud in New Orleans in the 1830s, are now being produced and bottled at the new Sazerac House. Peychaud, whose bitters were served at the original Sazerac House…

Jewel of the South to Host Festive Wild Turkey Happy Hour

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Join New Orleans’ bartending legend Paul Gustings at the French Quarter gem, Jewel of the South, for a festive Wild Turkey Happy Hour. On Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. guests can belly up…

Airplanes and Fine Wine

  We live in confusing times. Simplicity does not seem to be a goal of any endeavor. And the more complicated the approach, it appears, the better the outcome. Or so it would seem. I am trying to avoid using…

Adult Drinking Games

  When most of us first started drinking, and in New Orleans that seems to have happened at a very early age, it was all about quantity. Many was the morning we awoke after not-enough sleep time to an ugly…

Abita Brewing Company Announces Launch of Hop 99 Light IPA

ABITA SPRINGS, La (press release) – Louisiana’s first and largest craft brewery, Abita Brewing Company, introduces a guilt-free IPA offering to meet the demands of the evolving beer drinker – Hop 99. This Light IPA, which contains only 99 calories…

Cocktail Condiments

  The recent annual gathering of Tales of the Cocktail is finished, and the last hedonist has returned home. We are left with fine memories and new ideas. It happens this way every year, and when the final ice cube…

Tales of the Cocktail - Is It Still Worth The Buzz?

The annual spirit conference has officially hit the Crescent City and people far and wide are enjoying every thing the event has to offer. Traditionally, thousands of people from around the country, and even…

Cheap Eats and Drinks, Five Events This Weekend

  Happy Birthday to me! By the time you read this I will be celebrating is Asheville, North Carolina with my best bud, Cyndi. If  I were here to celebrate a few cool things are on my radar. Last week…

Gris-Gris Summer Wine & Spirit Series Announced

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Gris-Gris is excited to announce the launch of its Summer Wine & Spirits Series, starting tonight, July 18 (5:30 – 7:00 p.m.) with their favorite summer wine, rosé! The series will be held in…

Guest Bartender Series Continues At Bywater American Bistro

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Since launching its Guest Bartender series last year, Bywater American Bistro (BABs) has attracted cocktail enthusiasts each month throughout the summer to see what local cocktail experts are slinging behind the bar. On Sunday,…

Wine Conflicted

  All is not well in Wine Land. At the national level, consumption is statistically flat. Little or no sales growth. Prices are on the ascension, most not reverting to lower levels noted when the costs went up even when…

Cocktails are of the Essence

  For the next few days thousands of people will converge on New Orleans for the festival some refer to as the party with a purpose. Essence Festival is celebrating 25 years and pulling out all the stops with its…

Avo Begins Renovation; Offers New Weekday Happy Hour

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Avo – owned by Executive Chef Nick Lama and his wife Melissa Lama – announced the beginning of renovations to its restaurant entry and 50-seat courtyard starting Monday, July 1. The 1,200 sq. ft…

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes

Easy construction? Obtainable ingredients? Speed to build? The portable party we know as summer presents its own set of challenges when it comes to creating a drink that satisfies. This time of year, tackling a build-your-own-cocktail project with too many…

Wine About It

  From where to stay and what to do, planning a bachelorette party in another city can be tricky. Fortunately, New Orleans has a multitude of bars, restaurants and things to do that you can’t go wrong with for a…

4 Places For A Summer Cocktail

  We are always in the mood for great cocktails and fun things to do. Even though summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, it’s hot enough to quench our thirst and find some of the best deals around. Brennan’s…

May Food Happenings: Top Taco, Wine Dinner Series And More

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Copper Vine eatery is set to launch a series of wine dinners with elevated regional cuisine and top-tier vintners. Kicking off the series on Thursday, May 16, will be a 5-course pairing dinner with David…

Sip Something Special

  Who doesn’t love a great cocktail? We certainly do! If you are in the mood to hop around town and enjoy what several venues are doing to help quench our thirst, we've got you covered. We have visited several…