Mardi Gras may be over for this year, but the party is always in full swing. Did you know there are drinks that originated in New Orleans and the first cocktail was introduced in the crescent city?
While you will find most locals indulging in beer and wine, there are some cocktails exclusive to this part of the country that you may want to try. You can make them yourself wherever in the world you are by simply following the recipes.
This drink is not commonly ordered by locals, but it does have its history. The Sazerac originated in New Orleans in 1838 when Antoine Amedie Peychaud served his friends brandy toddies made from his own recipe. The toddies were mixed in an egg cup called a “coquetier” from which the English word cocktail derived, introducing the world's first cocktail.
1/4 oz. Absinthe
1 sugar cube
1 1/2 oz. Rye whiskey or Cognac
3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
serve straight up in an old fashioned glass
The most famous New Orleans cocktail is the Hurricane, a potent drink that originated at Pat O’Briens in the French Quarter. The Hurricane is served in the traditional Hurricane glass at Pat O’Briens. You can get this sweet, fruity drink at other local bars, but it will be served to you in a glass or plastic cup. I don’t know how the name “Hurricane” originated, but just as the name implies, it’s a category 5 drink, so my advice: go easy on them.
2 oz. Light Rum
2 oz. Dark Rum
2 oz. Passion Fruit Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1 tbsp. Grenadine
Mix and Shake with ice, then pour into the glass and serve.
The Pimm's Cup
The signature drink of The Napoleon House, The Pimm’s Cup is a perfect drink for the hot and humid long New Orleans summers. Born in London and re-engineered in New Orleans, this cool and refreshing mixture of Pimms #1 and lemonade topped off with Sprite or 7-Up can be found in most local bars.
1 oz. Pimm’s #1
3 oz. Lemonade
Top off with Sprite or 7-Up
Cajun Bloody Mary
Yes, you can get a Bloody Mary anywhere, but we like them a little hotter and spicier down here. Add enough garnishments to it, and you can have it for breakfast.
1.5 oz. Vodka
3 oz. Tomato Juice
1 dash Worchestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp. Horseradish
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
2 tbsp. Lime Juice
Tabasco Hot Sauce (to taste depending on how hot you like it)
Garnish with celery stalks, lime slices, pickled okra, string beans, and olives