Summer Sips

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Auction House Market has launched a new cocktail menu, featuring new signature and seasonal cocktails. One example, the “Salty Iguana,” is a smoky mezcal, tequila, grapefruit and salt-preserved lemon concoction that’s perfect for a hot summer day. Or try the “April Showers,” an elevated St. Germain Spritz with butterfly pea flower tea and honey. For something different, try the “Petals to the Metal,” a floral, gin sour with crème de violette and St. Germain. And for something light, try the “Creole Spritz,” a refreshing citrus take on the classic cocktail. 801 Magazine St., 372-4321, auctionhousemarket.com.


New Brews

Faubourg Brewing Co., which began as Dixie Brewing in 1907, has released some new beer options just in time for the summer. The Premium Faubourg Lager is a full-flavored, well-balanced brew made with barley, hops, 100 percent pure filtered water and yeast. With a pale straw color, it features a bright, smooth finish. Meanwhile, the Golden Cypress Belgian-Style Wheat Ale is crafted from lightly kilned pilsner malt combined with soft white wheat and a touch of malted oats. A beautiful golden color, the zesty, sweet and smooth beer has notes of citrus and spicy coriander. Visit the taproom to try them out, along with fine food, live music and other happenings. 3501 Jourdan Road., 867-4000, faubourgbrewery.com


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NOWFE Drink Experiences

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience will be holding its 29th annual event June 8-13 with wine dinners, “Vinola” and “Grand Tastings,” plus a number of  labs and experiences. In the spirits category, “Vinola” allows true wine connoisseurs to sample rare and highly valued wines. Meanwhile, the labs and experiences kick off with the “Natural Wines Roundtable” with a discussion and samples of on-trend natural wines. Meanwhile, “David & Goliath in the Wine World” includes tastings of highly rated cabernets, zinfandels, chardonnays and pinot noirs. For something sweet, check out “Sweet Indulgence: Dessert Wines” when the sommelier of the Windsor Court Hotel will delve into a selection of dessert wines from Trinchero Family Estates. A hands-on experience called “Purely Pinot: An Interactive Tasting Exploration” will illuminate the wide world of Pinot Noir styles. Meanwhile, “The French Quarter Cellar Strut” includes a lively tour of some of the city’s most impressive wine cellars. The “Tournament of Rosés” features premier rosés from France, Spain, Italy, the United States and the Southern Hemisphere. nowfe.com.


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Sake To Me

The first new sake brewery in Louisiana (that is also woman-founded and led) has opened in the Lower Garden District, dubbed Wetlands Sake. Founded by New Orleans natives Nan Wallis and Lindsey Brower, the brewery features handcrafted sakes made with a unique short-grain rice developed by the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Center. Wetlands Sake has a portfolio of two product categories: traditional sakes, as well as innovative sparkling sakes. The traditional sakes, available filtered or unfiltered, come in 8-ounce cans, while the Sparkling Sakes, available in “Blood Orange” or “Passion Fruit,” are in sleek 12-ounce cans. A taproom will open soon with large windows overlooking the brewery operations as well as garage doors that open to a patio. 634 Orange St., Ste. B, wetlandssake.com.