Classic Drinks from New Orleans

It may come as no surprise that New Orleans, the exuberant center of Mardi Gras, is also the birthplace of several classic cocktails. From the classic Sazerac to a citrus-kissed precursor to the Sidecar, these are our favorite New Orleans-inspired drinks.

See the RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer
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See the RecipeMichael Kraus

Stormy Morning

Shannon Fristoe, general manager and beverage director of Bayona, New Orleans "We wanted to design a drink around this terrific violet liqueur, but we didn't want it to be too flowery and too soapy tasting, which could have happened if it was on its own. We started adding various things, and fine-tuned it to this particular drink. As you pour the ingredients, the purple of the creme de violette floats around in the glass and settles in the bottom like a dark cloud -- like a stormy morning." See the recipe for the Stormy Morning » Back to 7 Festive Champagne Drinks »Shannon Fristoe
Hot Coconut Milk Punch

Hot Coconut Milk Punch

Coconut milk adds richness to this warm bourbon cocktail.Todd Coleman
Sazerac

Sazerac

This anise-perfumed cocktail is a New Orleans classic.Todd Coleman
See the RecipeMichael Kraus
Ben Fink

Henry C. Ramos's Gin Fizz

A mix of orange flower water and gin gives this venerable New Orleans cocktail a floral character with hints of juniper, while an egg white and heavy cream give it frothy body. The longer you shake the cocktail, the frothier it gets. See the recipe for Henry C. Ramos's Gin Fizz »Penny De Los Santos
Antoine Bootz

Arnaud's Café Brûlot Diabolique

Our simplified version of the flaming coffee cocktail served at Arnaud's in New Orleans uses strong black coffee spiced with whole cloves and citrus peels. Orange curaçao and brandy give it a sweet, boozy kick.Todd Coleman

Brennan's Brandy Milk Punch

Along with the bloody mary, this creamy cocktail is a New Orleans brunch mainstay. It features an aromatic cognac named for the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte that's aged at least five years. See the recipe for Brennan's Brandy Milk Punch »Todd Coleman
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Vieux Carré

The recipe for this potent drink, named for the French Quarter, or Vieux Carré ("old square" in French), comes from the Hotel Monteleone's rotating Carousel Bar. This recipe first appeared in our April 2013 special feature on New Orleans. See the recipe for Vieux Carré »Todd Coleman