“Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.” – ALFRED D. Souza
If there’s any place that fits those sentiments, it’s New Orleans. And if there’s any month that embodies them, it’s March.
We start with Mardi Gras, rush headlong into St. Patrick’s Day, then pause not a moment before commemorating St. Joseph’s Day, revel in City Park’s Lark in the Park and soak up a little culture with The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. No regrets and no slow-down.
All along the way there will be parades and music: brass bands, high school bands, bagpipes, concertinas, clarinets, tambourines and singing, in a loud voice, as if no one can hear.
With our celebrations of history, culture and heritage, we happily pay homage to our jazz roots. New Orleans jazz without a smile is like a New Orleans day without coffee.
One of the buildings recently lovingly restored so that we can actually hear and see our musical history is the Little Gem Saloon, originally opened in 1903 and lauded as one of the true birthplaces of jazz. At the corner S. Rampart and Poydras streets the bar and the music room are as one, wailing the good news. Dance. Love. Live. No one is watching. Let it all out.
The Mox Ruby
1 ounce house- or self-infused cranberry gin
1 ounce Zirbenz Stone Pine Liquor of the Alps
1 ounce green chartreuse
1 ounce lime juice
Combine all ingredients together in a shaker, add a bit of ice, shake and strain into a coupe with a twist of lime.
As created by Tim Russell, mixologist at Little Gem Saloon