If there is one thing you have to understand about New Orleans, it’s that drinking is an essential part of the culture. Bottomless mimosas at brunch, 24-hour liquor sales, and no open container laws make this city the perfect home for a tipsy gypsy. Below are my top 10 must have drinks when in New Orleans and where to find them. Laissez les bons temps roule!
- Pimm’s Cup-When the gates of hell open, aka summer in the South, nothing beats a Pimm’s Cup. Made with refreshing muddled cucumber, mint, soda or bubbly, and fruity (but fresh) Pimm’s gin based mix.
Napoleon House, 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, Louisiana
- Bloody Mary- No one does it better, believe dat. Any time of day most bars will do it big. Expect pickled okra and occasionally bacon. My favorite by far, is at one of my FAVORITE brunch places, Elizabeths. They also have praline bacon. Oh yes. It’s also the perfect atmosphere to nurse a hangover, no judging. I could rave on and on but just let this do it for me.
Elizabeths 601 Gallier St. New Orleans, LA
- Brandy Milk Punch- Great for a little hair of the dog. A little cognac, milk, simple syrup and vanilla and viola. It’s so thick and refreshing it can suffice for a breakfast on a rough morning.
The Ruby Slipper Cafe
200 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
- Mint Julep- Another beyond refreshing drink made with muddled mint. People wouldn’t be able survive in the heat without these little gifts from God. Enjoy at the Carousel Bar- a classy little joint where locals like to have a drink and people watch. Located in the Hotel Monteleone, you can’t go wrong with a moving bar and original drinks.
- Sazerac– it’s (supposed to be) made with absinthe. Can’t go wrong with that!
The Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
- Brandy Alexander– Alcoholic vanilla ice-cream, usually an after dinner drink. Straight up amazing combo of dinner and drank.
Get it at The Steak Knife
888 Harrison Ave
- Monsoon– I know how tempting is it to go straight for a Pat O’Briens Hurricane, I understand. But have a little faith in a gal, a Monsoon from Port of Call is where it’s at. Sweet, fruity, and ice-cold. They also so happen to have some of the BEST burgers in the city accompanied with a real loaded baked potato.
- Cafe Brulot Diabolique – A delicious and entertaining after dinner drink made with coffee, brandy, cloves, etc. The server artfully concocts your drink at your table, including lighting the whole thing on fire. You definitely have to have it where it was invented- Antoine’s.
Have you been to New Orleans? What drink is your must have?