Last month my wife and I traveled to the Big Easy for a long weekend. While there we feasted on some beignets at the famed Cafe du Monde, strolled through the French Quarter and rode the St. Charles streetcar through the city. Fat Tuesday is the biggest day of the year for city of New Orleans. If Bourbon Street was rockin' and rollin' on a Thursday night in January we can only imagine the revelry today. In addition to the wild 24/7 party scene, New Orleans is known for their delicious creole cuisine and their specialty cocktails. The city boasts about having some of the best bars and bartenders in the country. In fact, the first bar in America, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is located in the heart of the French Quarter. Throughout our stay we found a couple of great watering holes. Most of the bars offer drinks to go so you can walk the streets of NOLA and take in all of the sights.
One of our favorite stops was the Carousel Bar located in the Hotel Montelone. The bar makes one full rotation every fifteen minutes. We enjoyed a Sazerac, a classic New Orleans drink. A Sazerac is made with rye whiskey, simple syrup, absinthe (or an absinthe substitute), Angostura bitters (some recipes call for Peychaud bitters too) and a lemon peel to garnish. There are of course other famous New Orleans beverages including the Hurricane and the Hand Grenade which is served at the Tropical Isle. We downed one Hand Grenade our first night there (When in Rome...right???). However, I would strongly recommend sticking with the New Orleans classics such as the Sazerac, Mint Julep and Brandy Milk Punch. Thirsty yet? How about mixing up a cocktail and raising a glass to the tradition of Mardi Gras? Cheers.