11 Secrets Of New Orleans’ Most Signature Swizzles

Shaken, stirred, and sipped all over town. Seek out these totally essential drinks from the spots they originally came from, others that are keeping them famous, and those making fresh additions to the crop of classics when you Follow Your NOLA.

1. Vieux Carré – Bar Tonique

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ORIGINS: An original New Orleans cocktail first made at the Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar in the 1930s
SWIZZLE SECRET: Rye whiskey, cognac, vermouth, bitters, Benedictine (a once-medicinal herbal liqueur originating from 19th-century France), topped with a lemon peel garnish

2. Thousand Dollar Wedding – Boucherie

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ORIGINS: From the mind of mixologist Jordan Odam, and named after the song by Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons from his 1974 album Grievous Angel
SWIZZLE SECRET: Bulleit Rye, Rainwater Madeira (dry wine / apertif), fresh lemon juice, and house-made bitters

3. Day Lady – Cure

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ORIGINS: It starts with the Tequila Daisy — imagine a fresh margarita served neat (NO rocks) with a splash of soda.
SWIZZLE SECRET: This fancier and bright take has touches of evergreen and pine

4. French 75 – Arnaud’s French 75 Bar

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ORIGINS: Coined in New York, but bound to land in the Quarter bearing its name – ultimately became famous from being perfected in a dedicated bar that’s been named one of the top five in America thanks to the expertise of master mixologist Chris Hannah, who still crafts them by hand
SWIZZLE SECRET: Perfect proportions! 1.25 oz cognac, .25 oz fresh lemon juice, .25 oz simple syrup, chilled champagne, topped with lemon peel for garnish, always in a champagne flute

5. Pho Cajun Sour – Dominique’s on Magazine

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ORIGINS: Your typical vodka sour injected with new and surprising globetrotting accents from Mexico to Vietnam
SECRET SWIZZLE: Oryza Vodka (distilled locally in Louisiana), lime, and pho syrup: cilantro, green onions, ginger, lime, habanero salt

6. Pimm’s Cup – Napoleon House

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ORIGINS: A perfect summery gin drink concocted in England in the 1800s, but perfected by Napoleon House, which has stayed open in the French Quarter since 1797
SWIZZLE SECRET: Summery splashes like lemonade and 7 Up added to ice, 1.25 oz Pimm’s #1 gin, and cucumber for garnish

7. Haitian Sazerac – Loa (International House Hotel)

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ORIGINS: The oldest known American cocktail, originating in New Orleans before the Civil War, traditionally concocted with cognac/rye, absinthe, bitters, and sugar
SWIZZLE SECRET: Handpicked special combinations to make waves like the Caribbean Sea — Barbancourt 8-year Rum, Jerry Thomas Bitters 11, clove

8. Hurricane – Cane & Table

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ORIGINS: Another NOLA original beginning with Pat O’Brien’s off Bourbon Street – history says during the speakeasy days, the password to get into Pat-O’s was “Storm’s Brewin’”
SWIZZLE SECRET: Cane & Table’s take has less grenadine than the usual batch, and punches of pineapple let quality rum make the liquor’s Caribbean origins take center stage

9. Blonde Redhead – Oxalis

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ORIGINS: Another twist on the sazerac, inspired by the atmospheric-sounding indie band beloved by the bar’s owners
SWIZZLE SECRET: High West Silver Whiskey OMG Pure Rye that starts as a towhead blonde shade and transforms into red with the addition of Peychaud’s Bitters

10. Ramos Gin Fizz – Fountain Lounge (Roosevelt Hotel)

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ORIGINS: Henry Ramos got this one together in his own New Orleans bar, the Imperial Cabinet Saloon, around 1888 – it’s rarely attempted outside city limits
SWIZZLE SECRET: Super-bubbly seltzer and shaking hard enough to get an egg white fluffy enough to tie the flavors and factors together — gin, lime juice, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, cream, orange flower water, vanilla extract, served straight up, usually in a Collins glass

11. The Baudin – Twelve Mile Limit

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ORIGINS: A new addition to the family of “born in NOLA” classics, this is a specialty cocktail by mixologist and bar owner, Cole Newton, named for the bar’s cross-street in Mid-City
SWIZZLE SECRET: Sugar and spice – ice, .5 oz lemon, .75 oz honey syrup, 1.5 oz bourbon, 1 dash of tabasco, and lemon peel

Bop to all the bars mentioned above – among other essential New Orleans stops – with this handy map, helping you Follow Your NOLA!

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