A cocktail crawl through the French Quarter, to the ambitious but uninitiated, is a game of chance. Beating the odds and finding great drinks requires talking up the bar staff, asking lots of questions, and being open to some of the chattiest, most genuinely friendly people on earth. Along the way, make sure to find yourself bellied up to at least one of these five local favorites.
'French 75' on Serious Eats
This festive take on a classic drink tastes like spring—a little floral, a little bright, and a little bubbly—just right, if you ask me.
If you can't make it to Bourbon Street this year, you can still celebrate Mardi Gras at home. Here are nine New Orleans cocktails to mix up for Fat Tuesday (and any day you want to drink something delicious.)
According to Ted Haigh (aka Dr. Cocktail), the French 75 is one of two cocktails named after the French 75-mm field gun, which was commonly used in World War I. "One barman in 1947," reports Haigh, "called it a Tom Collins with champagne instead of club soda. Vive la difference!" Here's Haigh's version of the recipe, from his wonderful book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.