Cross the Velvet Rope
In many cities, the beginning of the social season means a cotillion-type ball, staged by organizations with histories that predate the last World War.
Maintaining New Orleans’ tradition is more a sacred trust than an annual chore. And many of our social traditions pre-date The War – the Ruckus Between the States, dating back to the 1860s.

As we emerge from a semi-tropical season of warmth into more reasonable temperatures, society’s events go into full-dress mode. Ladies fuss over the slightest details of fabric and fit while men quietly slip into the always correct, if not creative, colors of black and white.

This pomp and circumstance are rooted in our souls. We stir again to welcome young ladies and gentlemen into our midst, culminating in America’s grandest spectacle: Carnival season.

Society in New Orleans is a grand pageant.

Enjoy a drink befitting the theme of this season, as created and served in the very chic Whiskey Blue at the W Hotel on Poydras Street.

WHISKEY BLUE VELVET ROPE
2 ounces Stiletto Super-Premium Vodka. (Russian-born; New Orleans-bred)
1 once Chambord
1.5 ounces sour mix, comprised of:
1 ounce simple syrup
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1/4 ounce limejuice

Rim martini glass with sugar. Add all ingredients in shaker filled with ice. Shake thoroughly. Strain into martini glass.