New Orleans Cocktails
Photo/Daniel Krieger
On my first trip to New Orleans as a college swell at Mardi Gras, I cut out at dawn on Ash Wednesday, believing that the party ended with the beginning of Lent. Two weeks later, another classmate returned from a visit and reported the revelry was still in full swing. The point is a party like that is hard to stop, so if you missed Fat Tuesday a New Orleans cocktail may still be in order. New Orleans is a cradle of mixology, having given birth to dozens of drinks, including such classics as the Sazerac (one of the first true cocktails), the Brandy Crusta and Ramos Gin Fizz. A later entry on the list is the Vieux Carré, which arrived in the 1930s, with a French name that …
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