Most of the country makes use of March as a transition month between awakening from the depths of winter and the soon-to-be-fulfilled promise of spring. Not so around here.

While we did have some difficult and unreasonably cold weather this winter, the parties went on, and so they still do in March. Our festivals will be honoring an Irish Saint, an Italian Saint, the joys of Bourbon, the pleasures of Belgian beer, remembering a great literary figure, for the love of pork, praising all kinds of music, tacos and then running in the Classic to make us feel healthier.

Transition month? Not March in New Orleans. Full steam ahead with the joys of living at minus 6-feet.

The Gulotta Gang at MoPho, by City Park in the middle of the Metro, is always in a celebratory mood and their drink menu reflects the infectious spirits of this City, this region, the islands of the Caribbean, and Vietnam. Those are their passions in drink and cuisine, and we are the beneficiaries.




Red Skies at Night

1.5 oz Honeysuckle Vodka
0.75 oz Lavender Hibiscus Syrup
0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Dash of freshly grated ginger
Topped with ginger beer
Mix all ingredients in order, except for ginger beer, in a mixer tin with ice. Stir well. Pour into a tall glass. Top with ginger beer.

MoPho, 514 City Park Boulevard, 482-6845,