New Orleans celebrates an exciting fusion of cultures that is reflected in everything that draws visitors to the Big Easy, from colorful Mardi Gras parades to smokin’ hot jazz, and amazing cuisine to artistic expression. That fusion is even reflected in the signature cocktails that originated at fine drinking and dining establishments throughout the city.
Here are four of our favorites–try them out at your next house party, and as they say in N’awlins, “laissez le bon temps rouler,” which is French Cajun for “let the good times roll!”
Famous New Orleans Restaurants & Cocktail Recipes
Cocktail: The Pimm’s Cup
Cocktail Recipe: Fill a 12-oz glass with ice and add 1-¼ oz of Pimm’s #1 and 3 oz of lemonade. Top it off with 7-Up or ginger ale and garnish it with a cucumber.
Although only six people know the secret drink recipe, you can still get a taste for this old-fashioned classic in the comfort of your own home. But the Napoleon House warns, “home concoctions of the Pimm’s Cup never taste as good as those at the Napoleon House.” This gin-based cocktail mixes dry gin, liqueur, fruit juices and spices and was originally used to aid in digestion back in the late 1800s. Visiting this New Orleans culinary icon is a must if you want to enjoy this spicy and fruity concoction in its natural setting–a 200-year old establishment that was once offered as a refuge to Napoleon during his exile in 1821!
Cocktail: The Goody & Vieux Carre
Goody Recipe: 1 oz each dark rum, light rum, Orgeat, 2 oz orange juice, 1 oz pineapple juice
Vieux Carre Recipe: 1/2 teaspoon Benedictine, dash of Peychaud, dash Angostura, 1/3 shot each rye whiskey, cognac and dry vermouth
Vieux Carre and The Goody were concocted and made famous by bartenders working at The Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone. This 24-seat revolving bar makes one complete revolution every 15 minutes, and was voted best bar in New Orleans by National Geographic. Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Michael Jordan have all gone for a spin at The Carousel Bar, so be on the lookout for a celebrity sighting on your next visit!
Cocktail: The Hurricane
Cocktail Recipe: Although you can buy the exact mix used at each Pat O’Briens location, you can also mix up your own recipe. You’ll need 2 oz of light rum, 2 oz of dark rum, 2 oz of passion fruit juice, 1 oz of orange juice, juice from half a lime, 1 tbsp of simple syrup, 1 tbsp of grenadine and an orange slice and cherry for garnish.
In 1933, Prohibition was coming to a close. That’s when Pat O’Brien turned his speakeasy into a place where locals could come and enjoy a cocktail without worrying that a raid might interrupt their night. In the 1940s, this New Orleans bar shot straight to the top with the introduction of the Hurricane. If you’ve ever been to New Orleans, or ever plan to take a vacation to the city, the Hurricane at Pat O’Briens is mandatory. It’s extremely sweet, incredibly good, ultra-famous and unbelievably alcoholic. You can also purchase Pat O’Briens World Famous Hurricane Mix and a souvenir glass and enjoy a homemade Hurricane.