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A Tales of the Cocktail Survival Guide

Carey Jones 1 comment

Five-plus days of tastings and parties in the country's most booze-friendly city. More than 20,000 attendees from all over the world. Untold thousands of drinks poured. Tales of the Cocktail is a cocktail convention on an epic scale. Here's how to attend and survive. More

Where Bartenders Drink in New Orleans

Where Bartenders Drink Carey Jones 2 comments

This month, in advance of Tales of the Cocktail, we're looking for the best places to drink in New Orleans. We asked nine local bartenders where they drink in and around the city; here are their picks, from the French Quarter to Metairie. More

New Orleans Cocktail Crawl: Where to Drink Like a Local in the French Quarter

W.S. Lyon 3 comments

A cocktail crawl through the French Quarter, to the ambitious but uninitiated, is a game of chance. Beating the odds and finding great drinks requires talking up the bar staff, asking lots of questions, and being open to some of the chattiest, most genuinely friendly people on earth. Along the way, make sure to find yourself bellied up to at least one of these five local favorites. More

Cocktail Crawl: Where to Drink Classic Cocktails in New Orleans

Kevin O'Mara 4 comments

If you've come to New Orleans to explore, your crawl should include a few classic cocktails: the Sazerac, the Vieux CarrĂ©, Milk Punch, and yes, the Hurricane. Some of these drinks are original to New Orleans and have spread outward from here; some—like the Pimm's Cup—are transplants that have been welcomed and found a new home. Here are 6 essential stops on your Big Easy classic cocktail tour. More

Bartender's Choice: What to Order at Bellocq in New Orleans

Bartender's Choice Carey Jones 2 comments

It says something about the talents and reputation of Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal, and Matthew Kohnke— best known for Cure in New Orleans—that they can open a bar entirely dedicated to 19th-century cocktails and have it be a runaway success. Cobblers and sherry cocktails and milk punches—"These ancient forms of drinks seem sort of bizarre to us," Kirk Estopinal told me, "but that's why we find them fascinating." We asked Estopinal to show us three of his favorite drinks right now; here's what he poured us. More

Hangover Helper: The Creole Slammer at Slim Goodies in New Orleans

Hangover Helper Abby McCartney 2 comments

Brunch is a necessity in a city known for late night revelry and booze masked in ungodly amounts of sugar (Hurricanes, I'm looking at you). More

From Behind the Bar: On Hospitality

From Behind the Bar Michael J. Neff 14 comments

Think about the last time you were in a bar where you were not known, and the bartender reached out and shook your hand. How often will a mixologist look up from the execution of his "mixology" when someone new bellies up? The phrase most necessary, but least often heard, in cocktail bars is "How are you enjoying your drink?" More

Some Like it Cold (Brewed): 5 Cool Coffee Methods

Liz Clayton 18 comments

The playing field of cool brewed coffee has widened considerably since the days when espresso over ice was the only option. From industrial plastic tubs to mesmerizing chemistry-set corkscrew drippers, cold brew is in full summer effect. Whether you're toting a cup of melting ice cubes to the park, or bringing home a handsome bottle to nurse all week long, you want your coffee cold? Baby, you've got options. More

New Orleans: Booze Beyond the Beads at Iris

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At times, it's difficult to take the dining and drinking scene of the French Quarter in New Orleans seriously. But around the corner from the myriad of tourist-friendly chain restaurants, Iris has taken root, and sports an ambitious menu and equally ambitious cocktails. More

9 Classic New Orleans Cocktails

Maggie Hoffman 7 comments

If you can't make it to Bourbon Street this year, you can still celebrate Mardi Gras at home. Here are nine New Orleans cocktails to mix up for Fat Tuesday (and any day you want to drink something delicious.) More

Is Chicory Coffee Any Good? Or Just a Way to Stretch Coffee?

Meister 16 comments

The term "chicory coffee" conjures romantic images of leisurely breakfasts in New Orleans, munching beignets and sipping from a steaming mug while the lazy strains of jazzy trumpets float through the air. But what the heck is it, and is it actually good, or just a French Quarter daydream? Let's get down to the root of the root that makes this chicory coffee thing. More

Sazerac Releases Vintage Replica of the Original Herbsaint Recipe

Paul Clarke 1 comment

Herbsaint digs out its 1930s recipe and releases a vintage replica of the longtime New Orleans favorite. It has a more gentle, floral anise flavor mixed with an herbaceous complexity and bottled at 100 proof, it's pretty potent stuff. More

Cocktails and Spirits with Paul Clarke: Time for Tales

Paul Clarke 1 comment

Now in its seventh year, Tales of the Cocktail attracts thousands of spirits-and-cocktails devotees to New Orleans each summer, where they spend the better part of a week sipping their way through liquid history. More

Morning Cocktails, When 'Rise and Shine' Meets 'Bottoms Up!'

Paul Clarke 9 comments

Many people may consider Bloody Marys and mimosas de rigeur for weekend brunches, but the world of breakfast cocktails is much bigger than most may think. As David Wondrich points out, many nineteenth-century cocktails were designed to be consumed well before the sun was over the yardarm, and were utilized to help the drinker brace up during the morning after a long night. More

Tales of the Cocktail: New Orleans' Super Bowl of the Spirits World

Paul Clarke 2 comments

Tales of the Cocktail is poised to have its biggest showing ever: the five days of sessions, dinners, and parties are expected to draw thousands of people to the city, and its opening session this afternoon will celebrate the recent selection of the Sazerac as the official cocktail of New Orleans. More

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