Next week many of your favorite bartenders will be traveling to New Orleans for a grand annual cocktail convention called Tales of the Cocktail. With parties and seminars set in the historical French Quarter, this educational and very fun week is one that thousands wait all year for. The next time you head into your favorite cocktail bar, ask your bartender if they will be leaving New York for NoLA, and in a nod to the great Crescent City, order up a drink inspired by New Orleans! Such cocktails (perfect for summertime) include The Sazerac, The Hurricane, The French 75, Vieux Carre, Gin Fizz and more! Many bars have their own takes of these traditional drinks, but they are all sure to be delicious. Cheers!
For a very traditional New Orleans drink called The French 75, stop by The Evelyn Drinkery on Avenue C.
The French 75
¾ oz Bombay Sapphire
.5 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice
.5 shot of sugar syrup
Top with Champagne. Shake the first three ingredients with ice and strain into a champagne glass, then top with champagne and lightly stir. Garnish with a cherry.
The Hard Rock Café also offers their very own Hurricane!
You can also recreate the cocktails at home, including this take on the French 75, courtesy of American Harvest.
American 75, from Sidney Frank Importing Co
1.5 oz American Harvest
½ oz Agave Nectar
½ oz Fresh lemon juice
3 dashes orange bitters
Chilled Dry Champagne
Garnish with 3 raspberries on a pick and a lemon twist, serve in a champagne flute
Another classic is the Black Cat cocktail, which is made at the Vitascope Hall at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.