Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Drinks at NOLA - New Orleans, LA

In the French quarter, one can walk on the streets with alcohol as long as the container is plastic. Most people were roaming around with hand grenades, a green globular structure filled with alcohol

It is rumored that the first ever cocktail originated in NOLA, also home of several other originals.


Named after the hurricane lamp-like glass it is served in, made with Pat O Brian's hurricane mix - A big favorite there, not a big fan, but we tried a couple just to give it a fair chance. Very sweet. Here is how you make it....

In a 26 oz. Hurricane glass, mix
4 oz. of Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Rum or a good Dark Rum
4 oz. of Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix
Fill with crushed ice

Brandy Milk Punch

My personal favorite, a perfect brunch drink. Wonder why it is not as mainstream as the Mimosa, may be everyone does not like milk in the morning. I grew up drinking  mine and my sister's share of milk for the first twenty years of my life, so the milk and brandy mixture seemed just right. For the bartenders at home, this is how it is done....

1 1/2 ounces brandy
1 ounce simple syrup
½ bar spoon high quality vanilla extract
A couple ounces of Half-and-half
Cubed ice
Grated nutmeg


Created by a pharmacist, arguably the first cocktail ever created, definitely tasted like medicine. This is what he mixed together...

1/2 teaspoon absinthe, or Herbsaint (a New Orleans brand of anise liqueur)
1 teaspoon of simple syrup (or 1 sugar cube or 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar)
4 dashes Peychaud's (the inventor's name) bitters
2 ounces rye whiskey
Strip of lemon peel

Gin Fizz

A slight variation of the gin and tonic, very refreshing. This is the version we tried:
Sloe Gin Fizz - contains sloe gin, lemon juice, superfine sugar, and club soda (with no egg white).
Definitely try out the original 'The Ramos Gin Fizz'

Not uniquely New Orleanean, but my first experiences:

Jello shots from syringes

Cheesy and juvenile but so much more fun when you are no longer in college.

Irish car bomb

Served in a special cup (a small shot glass is built into a cup), very functional. The shot glass holds the Irish cream and the cup holds the Guinness and whiskey mixture. The flavors blend perfectly when you gulp it down.
Don’t have to be a meat eater to enjoy any of these.
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