This “A” month, April, is nowhere near as stifling as the other “A” month, August. But make no mistake, wandering around Woldenberg Park, the French Quarter, Jackson Square, or the Fair Grounds, all sites for festivals this month, enjoying great music and amazing foods is thirsty work.
This time of year on the New Orleans events calendar has become known, properly, as Festival Season. Day after day, major celebrations unfold and we, like moths to a flame, cannot help but go and have the time of our lives.
When that inevitable “take-a-break” moment occurs, that’s the time to sit down, rest the weary feet, and sip on something cold, refreshing and uncomplicated. Pearl Wine Company, in the recently revamped American Can complex on Orleans Avenue, in the center of town, is an ideal destination. Outdoors on the new patio or indoors in a freshly renovated bar area, there are wines or cocktails, sofas or stools, TV or live music, the choices are pleasant and never wrong.
Here’s a great drink suggestion to end a day of heavy festival action and get ready for a night of more of everything that defines New Orleans in April.
1 oz. lemon juice
1.5 oz. Gin (we like New Orleans-made
Euphrosine with this one)
.5 oz Ginger liqueur
3 dashes of Cocktail Experiment Blood Orange
and Ginger Bitters
Shake with ice, strain and top with sparkling wine.
Garnish with lemon twist
From the Cocktail Bar at Pearl Wine Company
3700 Orleans Avenue at Bayou St. John, 483-6314, PearlWineCo.com.