Wine+Spirits

Urban South Brewery Celebrates Pride Month

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Urban South Brewery is celebrating the New Orleans community and all of its genders, identities and orientations this Pride month. The largest craft brewery in New Orleans will kick off the month with the release…

A Shot & a Beer: NOLA Brewing to Host Vaccination Drive

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – NOLA Brewing and Ochsner Health are teaming up to host a tasty vaccination event for hospitality industry workers, as well as all eligible community members, on Monday, June 14, at NOLA Brewing’s headquarters on…

Copper Vine Announces NEW Wine Tasting Experiences

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Exploring the terrain of wine is now becoming more accessible with the announcement of Copper Vine’s new private wine tasting experiences – bringing the winery tour to your table! Copper Vine’s wine experiences showcase…

À Votre Santé

  The French 75 is my favorite cocktail. I love the lore. I love its namesake bar at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter. I love sipping a Cognac version during colder months. I love the lighter take made with gin…

Summer Cocktail Specials

  It is so much fun watching the city come back to life and seeing how things have changed in the last year. Restrictions are slowly being lifted, which means many bars and restaurants are loosening the rules and allowing…

But First, Let’s Cocktail

  Eating and drinking your way through town is something so fun to do, especially this time of year. Now we are noticing many places lifting some of the coronavirus restrictions and making going out, an enjoyable experience. There are…

Urban South Brewery Launches Distribution in Alabama

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Urban South Brewery, the largest craft brewery in New Orleans, is excited to announce that it will begin distributing a selection of its innovative beers in Alabama this month. Through a partnership with Budweiser-Busch, a…

Nothing Like Cocktails in the City

  We always look forward to the time of day when the sky dims and we think to ourselves, 'hmmm, I could use a cocktail.' A place where wine and beer flow and cocktails are made with magic. We are,…

Kim Lewis

In a city with an entire parade dedicated to the Roman god of wine (Bacchus, for those not up on our Roman or Mardi Gras knowledge) it’s surprising that functioning wineries aren’t popping up all over New Orleans. When Kim…

You Go Girl

After nearly a year of Zoom happy hours and small shindigs on someone’s back porch, you and your best gals are probably ready for a proper “Girls Night Out.” You know, one that entails getting dressed up in a new…

Spring Spritz

  A new bubbly and bright canned cocktail from Ketel One, dubbed Botanical Vodka Spritz, is blooming with real botanicals and has expanded its launch to 11 new states, including Louisiana. The 73-calorie cocktail has no carbs, no added sugar,…

April Cocktails in the City

  As the year continues, more places are opening back up and we are thrilled about the all choices. While things may not be 100% back to normal, bartenders are working to create happy hours that we can enjoy with…

Sake

  I received an email recently from Wetlands Sake, reminding me that there is a sake brewery in New Orleans. Moreover, they’re using a short grain rice developed by the LSU Agriculture Center that is being grown just for them. The…

Let's Grab a Drink, NOLA

  Whether in good times or bad, we love to hear the sound of ice hitting the cocktail tin and the music of champagne corks popping. As we begin to get out and about, we're seeing more outdoor venues pop…

Frīs Vodka Makes Global Waves As World's Best Pure Vodka

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Judges declared Frïs Vodka from the Sazerac Company the “World’s Best Pure Vodka” at the 2021 World Vodka Awards—a global competition featuring various top-quality entrants as part of the prestigious World Drink Awards. Competing in…

A Frisky Devil’s Debut

  Recipe Frisky Devil Combine 2 ounces bourbon, 1 ounce Drambuie liqueur, 1.5 ounces honey simple syrup and .75 ounces lemon juice in a shaker. Shake and strain over rocks with ice. Garnish with a strawberry heart (slice a V…

Get Out And Grab A (Socially Distant) Cocktail

  Things are beginning to open up more and more around town and we're sure many of you are looking forward to enjoying our favorite places – safely, of course. Many spots are offering drink specials that are meant to…

A Tavola Announces Happy Hour & Weekly Specials

METAIRIE, La (press release) – A Tavola, which recently opened in the footprint of Lakeside Mall on Veterans Blvd., is excited to share its specials offered every Wednesday and Thursday along with its daily Happy Hour from 2 – 6 p.m. “A Tavola’s location in…

Urban South Brewery Adds Tennessee to Distribution Footprint

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Urban South Brewery, the largest craft brewery in New Orleans, is excited to announce that it is expanding its distribution footprint into Tennessee. Through a partnership with Best Brands, a selection of Urban South brews will…

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Uncorks 2021 Plans

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has announced tickets are now on sale for the 2021 event. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, organizers have moved NOWFE to a mid-summer event, taking place June 9-13.…

It's Lent! So, What Are You Drinking?

It’s Lenten season and many people decide to give up drinking during this time. This year, Lent takes place from Wednesday, Feb. 17, to Thursday, April 1. So, what do you sip on if you’re giving up the practice of…

Sazerac House Winner of Two "Icons of Whisky" Awards

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Sazerac House was recognized for its unique visitor experience and exceptional general manager during an online awards ceremony for the “Icons of Whisky, America” on February 1, 2021. The awards, which recognize excellence in…

Episode 27: A Spanish Liquor That Louisiana Saved

Hardly anyone knows it, but the Louisiana-based Sazerac Company has become one of the top liquor brand distributors in the country. Plus, it operates the amazing new Sazerac House museum in New Orleans. Rhiannon Enlil, a historian for the museum,…

Love & Revelry, Different This Year

  It’s that time of year when we feel warm and fuzzy inside with Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras upon us. But this year is different with COVID-19 restrictions and such. Local tourism leaders say be sure to call first…

Happy Raptor Distilling Announces Release of 504King Cake Rum

NEW ORLEANS (press release) — Happy Raptor Distilling (1512 Carondelet St.) is proud to announce the release of its newest infused rum, 504King Cake. Made with 100 percent Louisiana molasses, 504King Cake begins as a flavorful white rum handcrafted in…

Urban South Brewery Launches Distribution in Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Urban South Brewery, the largest craft brewery in New Orleans, is thrilled to announce that it will begin distributing a selection of its innovative beers in Mississippi this month. Through a partnership with Mitchell Distributing, a…

Purple Haze

Mixologists find it easy to fall in love with Empress 1908 gin derived from butterfly pea blossoms that give the libation its natural indigo color. Handcrafted in small-batch copper pot stills, its exquisite taste, regal look and delicate aroma make…

Yardi Gras Cocktails

  There are so many fun and creative ways to make the best of this off-colored Carnival season. From house floats to fabulous door decorations or creative cocktails, we are up for the challenge. Since city officials are encouraging us…

Abita Brewing Company Expands Into The RTD Category

ABITA SPRINGS, La (press release) – Abita Brewing Company, is kicking off 2021 with the launch of Libre Rum & Cola, a Ready-to-Drink (RTD) cocktail available in 4-packs of 12oz cans. “Consumers are looking for convenience without having to sacrifice…

Drink Whatcha Wanna

  Mardi Gras will be different this year. Official floats will not be rolling in 2021, the best time of the year will be condensed and we will be forced to find alternative ways to maneuver through Carnival season. This…

Cheers

New Orleans is surely known for its culture, music, food and festivals, but it’s also a drinking town like no other. Maybe it’s our love of revelry—or of simply meeting new friends everywhere we go—but New Orleanians have a knack…

New Years Eve Drinks

  It seems restrictions are getting tighter when it comes to going out and visiting our favorite bars. We understand, but that makes for challenging times when trying to come up with festive and great cocktails for the holiday season.…

Cocktails to Get You Through Cancelled Christmas

  Hey, we don’t want to hear, "Bah Humbug," and references to the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas." It’s time for cocktail lovers to turn our frowns upside down and consider the glass half full. Let’s get the excitement for the…

Urban South Brewery Unveils 2021 Beer Release Calendar

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Urban South Brewery, the largest craft brewery in New Orleans, today announced its beer release schedule for 2021. Adding to its growing beer portfolio, Urban South has several new seasonal craft beer offerings, a line…

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