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Uniquely New Orleans: Daiquiris and Wine Series


Occasionally, I show evidence of a less-than-cordial personality streak. Yes, it’s true and I admit it. It can come out at times when I should be more respectful and gracious.

One of those times can come whenever I meet someone from Austin. I have nothing against Austin. It is, I am sure, a delightful town in many ways. But I cannot help and mention that in New Orleans, we don’t need bumper stickers and billboards, “Keep Austin Weird,” to remind us to stay weird. We just naturally are, and we know of no other way. I always make the comment and I usually regret it as soon as it leaves my lips.

The circumstance, of course, is that New Orleans is so naturally its own thing. We don’t have to process being different from everyone else. We are and we are surrounded by habits and history that seem right… for us.  It’s just that as far as everyone else is concerned ours are not the same as everyone else’s standards. Reminders to stay weird or different? Not necessary.

To wit:

New Orleans Original Daiquiris, with locations all over the metro, have announced a “Gallons to Geaux” promotion, which includes every flavor offered by the outlet in convenient and easy to use packaging. A gallon is $25.

The daiquiris are ready to enjoy. While I like to add a few more items, such as fresh lime and more rum, the product makes for a fine base, and certainly good enough to chill a hot body down on a summer’s eve. This may even make more sense than a sno-ball, but that becomes a personal decision.

Keep in mind that New Orleans Original Daiquiri usually creates a very sweet version of every flavor, which is why I suggest plenty of fresh limes and adding more upscale rum. But the idea of selling a gallon of a cocktail mix ready to-go is so New Orleans, it’s hard to resist.

TWO NEW ORLEANS institutions, Commander’s Palace and Swirl Wine Bar, have teamed up once again for the staging of the Summer Wine Series. Beth Riblett from the wine shop and Dan Davis from the legendary dining emporium will offer to fortunate wine lovers access to 42 wines to taste for $49.

In any other town that cost would be twice what this is, especially considering the quality of the wine line-up and that Commander’s will be offering pass-around food items from the great Chef Tory MacPhail. Ah, but wait, there’s more. (Maybe I am watching too much late-night TV)

Swirl and Beth will fill orders for wine purchases so attendees can be assured of buying their favorite wine from the tasting. And Dan, along with the Commander’s team, will be putting together a special dinner, with special prices, for an after-tasting experience at the restaurant.

That all makes for a real New Orleans evening at reasonable prices in a great place. Tickets are available here.

It’s not weird. It’s our town.





Read Happy Hour here on www.myneworleans.com on Wednesdays, and listen to The Dine, Wine and Spirits Show, hosted by Tim, every weekday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on WGSO 990AM and streamed, as well as stored (podcast), at www.wgso.com. Also, check out Last Call, Tim’s photo-feature about cocktails every month in New Orleans Magazine.


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