New Orleans This summer is a steamy offer, but one that thousands of cocktail lovers and liquor professionals are willing to step up as they converge on the French Quarter annually The cocktail stories Gathering in July. Under the constant threat of wilted and chattering linen, the thirsty masses brave everything for a little spiritual education and a perfectly happy daily drink.
But even if you failed to make it this year, you can still take the history of the city to some fine factories this fall. We did two trips with the appropriate name Carousel Bar (Each round at the revolving bar is 14 minutes and 50 seconds) with New Orleans liquor historian and book author The drinking companion of the French Quarter, Elizabeth Pierce, To get the ideal route.
Carousel Bar & Lounge
It always feels like a commotion and commotion, curling up in the slowly rotating lobby bar of the historic Hotels in Montlaona. Once upon a time, this hotel recommended in the Forbes travel guide in Vieux Carre (another name for the French Quarter) was a center for Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote – all famous drinkers. But no matter who happens to be advertised on the 25 bar stools, there is something elegant and decadent about walking around and keeping to the stationary central bar, under the canopy of a carousel of painted cabbages and festival lights, overlooking Royal Street. “No more than three revolutions,” Pierce advises, lest she stay stuck in a seat and miss what the rest of the city has to offer.
The drink: Vieux Carré cocktail (whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth and Angostura aromatic bitter). It was created here by bartender Walter Bergeron in 1938, even before the carousel was installed in 1949.
French Bar 75, an addition to the famous Creole restaurant Arnaud’s, was a gentlemen’s-only area in 1918, when the restaurant opened. Today, it’s a tiny slice of Belle Epoch France – intimate, seductive and smoky. “This place feels older than it is,” Pierce says. “It’s transportation: Edith Piaf plays, the lighting is kind and it’s right off Bourbon Street. You turn off half a block and you’re in Paris.” Here, the bartender serves you whether you go to the wooden bar or sit in a cozy seat. On the menu, bartender Chris Hannah’s original cocktails mix with classics in a way that is almost indistinguishable.
The drink: The French 75, of course. Hannah makes them with cognac (instead of the traditional gin), and your drink comes with a small card that explains why.
A former grocery store with a glued bar that eventually took precedence, the Napoleon House towers like a gig on the streets of Chartres and St. Louis. But the great French colonial building clearly dates to the time of Napoleon (hence the name). In fact, the then mayor of New Orleans, Nicholas Giro, built the house in 1814 as a refuge intended for Bonaparte, although the little emperor never left Alba Island. Today, locals enjoy well-made cocktails, leisurely chess games, giant muffler boards and bizarre opera music to the courtyard of the Impastato family-owned building since 1920. “New Orleans is mostly about escaping the stench and the city language,” Pierce says. “If you had any kind of money [back then]”Building an oasis from the chaos.” The dilapidated appearance of the place does not matter, she adds. We in New Orleans call it a ‘patina’. “
The drink: Pimm’s No. 1 trophy. It is said that the original owner despised drunkenness, so the signature cocktail here stars the low-alcohol gin-based liqueur.
If you are willing to cross Canal Street, you will receive a handsome reward on the second arrival of this historic place. The original Sazerac bar in the borough closed with the advent of the ban, and reopened nearby when the same “noble experiment” was welcomed. Undoubtedly America’s first cocktail, the Sazerac was invented in New Orleans in the mid to late 19th century, and evolved over time from cognac and absinthe to rye and raccoon whiskey, and is still produced today at the Roosevelt Hotel’s landmark – with New Orleans. The owner of Peychaud’s Bitters, of course. Historically, women were not allowed to enter the bar except at Mardi Gras – that is, until “The Storm of the Sazrak” in 1949, an event that celebrates 65 on September 26, and will celebrate with a reenactment of that extraordinary moment.
The drink: The official New Orleans cocktail since 2008, the Sazerac is now produced here with Sazerac brand chiffon whiskey by Kentucky Buffalo Trais Distillery.