Most people’s holiday traditions are family-oriented and personal. The memories of fathers and mothers putting in extra hours to assure that family celebrations are just right, while all the while remaining secretive about events and presents. Then there are the aunts and uncles who managed to be particularly happy around all the relatives, likely because they were full of the holiday spirit(s). Grandparents fell somewhere in between those two familial groups, happy, cagey and focused even more so on the behavior, good and bad, of us little darlings.

New Orleans’ holidays are a bit different from other cities’ celebrations. More food. More drink. Singing carols in a grand square with the Archbishop. No snow. Lots of parties and social events –even more so than the usual, which is saying something. We have our own holiday music, gumbos, sausages, drinks, theme characters and lighting.

Since the season is so special and unique here, why not participate in something new for the family celebration? The Steamboat Natchez can give your brood and friends a grand view of the city from the river. And while you’re aboard, have a special rum cocktail, created by one of the finest mixologists in the world, our own Nick Detrich.

Another reason to love the holiday season in New Orleans. Be happy, y’all.

The Cruzan Natchez Cocktail

1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum    
1/2 part Knob Creek® Bourbon
1/4 part John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Rinse with Herbsaint Legendre    

Combine all ingredients, excluding Herbsaint Legendre, in a cocktail glass.

Add ice and stir 35 to 40 times.

Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with Herbsaint Legendre.

Strain cocktail into glass.


Inspired by the Rum Ramsey as created by Nick Detrich, owner and mixologist at Cane & Table, 1113 Decatur St,, 581-1112,