In New Orleans, cocktails are not just a drink to sip on, but a way of life. It’s in our spirited nature to celebrate all sorts of occasions with the perfect drink pairings, and because of this, we have created some of the most amazing cocktails in New Orleans. Here are just a few cocktails that New Orleans is well known for:
The Sazerac has been considered the world’s first cocktail and is the official cocktail of New Orleans. It is a whiskey cocktail with sugar, lemon and bitters for taste. The combination is very basic but the most important ingredient to add is Peychaud’s Bitters, which are said to be what has made the drink famous. A perfect New Orleans bar to order the Sazerac is at the Sazerac Bar located at 123 Baronne St in the French Quarter.
1 Cube Sugar
1 ½ oz. Whiskey or Bourbon
¼ oz. Herbsaint
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Muddle the sugar cube with the Peychaud’s Bitters in a glass. Add the whiskey to the sugar mixture. In a separate glass that has been chilled, coat the glass with the Herbsaint and discard the excess. Then empty the whiskey, bitters, sugar mixture into the chilled glass and garnish with the lemon peel.
The Ramos Gin Fizz
This is another New Orleans classic cocktail that dates back to the late 19th Century. It was created by Henry Ramos at his bar the Imperial Cabinet Saloon and became popularized for its use of raw egg and governor Huey Long’s fondness for the concoction. A good bar to go to order one of these classic drinks is Bar Tonique located on 820 N. Rampart St in the French Quarter.
Ramos Gin Fiz Recipe
2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Heavy Cream
1 oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
½ oz. fresh squeezed Lime Juice
1 Egg White
3 dashes Orange Blossom Water
1 drop Vanilla Extract (optional)
Combine all the ingredients and shake for 10 seconds without ice. Add several small ice cubes and shake hard for several minutes (supposedly the original recipe calls for shaking it for 12 minutes). Continue shaking until you can no longer here the ice cubes inside. Pour drink into a chilled glass and slowly top with soda to rise the foamy top.
This is one of the most popular drinks served in New Orleans and originated at the bar Pat O’Brien’s, which is also located in the French Quarter. Supposedly Pat had a surplus of less popular rum and while waiting for a shipment of more desired alcohol like whiskey and scotch, he created this concoction to sell to sailors and soon it caught on. To enjoy the original recipe yourself, you can just pop down to Pat O’Brien’s on 718 St. Peter St.
The Hurricane Recipe
4 oz. Amber or Gold Rum
4 oz. Fruit Juice, combination of Orange, Passion Fruit (Or Pat O’s own Hurricane mixture)
1 Tbsp Simple Syrup
1 Tbsp grenadine
Orange Slice and Cherry
Pour the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour into a 26 oz. glad and garnish with the cherry and orange slice.
The Vieux Carre
This cocktail is literally named after the French Quarter and does the “Old Square” justice. It is the namesake cocktail for the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone and was created by their bartender Walter Bergeron, at the time. So obviously, the ideal place to get this drink is at the Carousel Bar itself that is located in the Hotel Monteleone at 214 Royal St in the French Quarter.
The Vieux Carre Recipe
¾ oz. Rye Whiskey
¾ oz. Cognac
¾ oz. Sweet Vermouth
Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
½ tsp. Benedictine liqueur
Combine all the ingredients in a glass with ice. Stir well. Strain into another chilled glass and garnish with the cherry.
As you can see, there is a reason New Orleans is the birthplace of the cocktail, and these classic New Orleans drinks have definitely stood the test of time. Now all you have to do is come here and try one for yourself.