Classic Drinks from New Orleans, Flickr: library_of_congress

Enjoy a Taste of New Orleans!


No trip to New Orleans would be complete without stopping at various bars for classic cocktails. Referred to as the birthplace of the cocktail, New Orleans offers so many classics. Here are a few that you’ll need to put on your list:


This is a drink that was born in New Orleans, and America’s first cocktail. There’s no surprise that the party city created a sweet drink that was palatable to many, and no further surprise that the key ingredients are French. Sazerac-de-Forge was the French brandy and key ingredient in this strong drink, and later on American Rye whiskey was substituted in lieu of the strong brandy. It includes Peychaud bitters, a twist of lemon and optional club soda.

The Hurricane:

No one who goes to New Orleans will be blind to the charms of the Hurricane, which has an unfortunate name but a calming blend of light and dark rum, fruit juices, simple syrup and grenadine. A sweet drink, this is served in a classic curved glass that resembles a hurricane lamp—hence the name.

Mint Julep:

No, it’s not the Kentucky Derby season but the mint julep is also a New Orleans classic, and served in sterling silver tumblers. Fashioned with mint simple syrup, bourbon and a sprig of mint for garnish, this is a classic signature drink for any Bourbon fan. Crushed ice makes it easier for the drink to become less diluted.

Ramos Gin Fizz:

This drink is the brainchild of New Orleans and was introduced to New York by Governor Huey Long. It’s creamy and delicious—a true dessert drink. It’s a complicated recipe made with lemon juice, lime juice, orange flower water, dry gin, white of an egg, powdered sugar and milk.


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