The Cocktails of New Orleans – Part 2

Absinthe Frappe

The Absinthe Frappe is well known cocktail for all the wrong reasons. You have probably heard all about the intoxicating lethality of absinthe at some point, its supposedly hallucinogenic qualities and even a risk of death on consumption to name worst. The drink was outlawed in 1912 for this very reason. However in 2007 the ban was lifted when low and behold it turned out that it wasn’t so dangerous after all. It turned out in some recipes copper was used to give the drink its vibrant green colour, this is what caused the hallucinations and of course the poisoning. Once again the Absinthe Frappe can be enjoyed in its home New Orleans. Head over to the French Quarter and visit the Old Absinthe House, a bar that’s been open for over 200 years and invented the well known cocktail.

The Hurricane

Much like many of these New Orleans mainstays you can still visit the bar where the Hurricane cocktail was first created, Pat O’Brien’s. Allegedly the bar started up as a speakeasy during the Prohibition era. Story goes that the owner, Mr O’Brien himself, had a large quantity of unpopular rum forced on him by his supplier. In order to shift the stock he combined the rum with fruit juice and served it up to sailors in a glass the shape of a hurricane lamp (that’s how it got its name) the drink has been a solid classic in the French Quarter ever since. It’s a mixture of light and dark rum, orange, lime and passion fruit juice and is a real sweet treat.

Ramos Gin fizz

Originally known as the ‘New Orleans Fizz’ this drink was the invention of Henry C. Ramos at his bar, the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in 1888. It’s a complicated gin mix; its notable ingredients are egg whites and orange flower water and it has an impressive shake time of twelve minutes. The drink became so popular that at one point Ramos had over 30 members of staff working, solely to sake the things. After the Prohibition Ramos sold his formula to The Roosevelt Hotel also in New Orleans where they can still be enjoyed today in The Sazerac Bar.

Creole Bloody Mary

Perhaps none of the above drinks take your fancy, maybe you prefer something a bit more savoury? Or even a bit spicier? If so then the Creole Bloody Mary could be for you. These hot mommas can be found all over New Orleans, each with a different level of heat and a different set of accoutrements. You can find them served with a variety of greens, house-pickled vegetables; some places even serve the drink with crab claws and poached shrimp. Remember as well to ask about the level of Tabasco, these things come hot (or maybe not hot enough) If you’re feeling brave and want a take on a variation of the drink that was invented in the Big Easy itself, give the Bloody Bull a try. It’s very similar to the Mary but the tomato juice is swapped out for beef bouillon. Yum.

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