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The Intoxicology Report

One Week of Gin



Welcome to the Intoxicology Report, a drinking journey with a few recommendations and a few lessons. This column is dedicated to my experience consuming one variety of alcohol for seven days straight. This time, we take on gin, my favorite spirit. No, it doesn’t always taste like Christmas trees. Yes, it is the basis for some of the best cocktails from which you ever need take a lingering sip.

 


Chasing the Green Fairy

NoDef's Absinthe Day Guide



Ten years ago, the nationwide ban on absinthe was lifted in the United States after almost a century. Given how quickly the anise-flavored herbal spirit has become a staple in cocktails, it's hard to believe that for over 96 years New Orleanians lived without green frappés, drips, and daiquiris. Today (3.5) is National Absinthe Day, so how better to celebrate the spirit's rise from madness-inducing elixir of the bohemian set to the superstar ingredient in cocktails nationwide than with a comprehensive guide to the city's best absinthe-minded offerings. From tours of distilleries and museums to cocktail crawls across the Vieux Carre, read on for NoDef's guide to absinthe in New Orleans. 


Green Spirit

Atelier Vie Set to Release Toulouse Green Traditional Absinthe



Absinthe enthusiasts and locavores, rejoice! Local artisan distiller Atelier Vie is going green. Toulouse Green. On June 29-30, New Orleanians' thirst for a traditional, locally produced absinthe shall be quenched.


So Fresh and So Green: Hollygrove's Garden Party


Whether you buy their veggies straight from the source or eat them plated at restaurants like Tivoli & Lee, most NOLA folks have enjoyed produce from Hollygrove Market (8301 Olive Street). Tomorrow night, the farm’s fans can show some love at the nonprofit’s Fourth Annual Party in the Garden. 


NoDef Nods: Drinks

Trends from 2012, Plus 13 Predictions on the Direction of Drinking in NOLA



Drinking in New Orleans is a constant, but the culture that surrounds it is constantly evolving. Craft cocktails, local distilleries, and eco-friendly packaging are just a few of the past year's significant additions to the spirit scene.


In the Red

Local Atelier Vie Distillery Releases their new Toulouse Red Absinthe, a hibiscus infused Big Easy spirit



Christmas shoppers in the market for local presents need look no further than Atelier Vie's Toulouse Red. The plans for a locally produced Absinthe have been in the works since July, and the crimson creation is finally ready for purchase. 


Infusion Power

New Orleans' Atelier Vie Distillery Releases First Product: Buck 25 Vodka



A new local vodka is offering a lot more proof that alcohol-loving New Orleans can produce its own liquor.


Absinthe-Minded

Atelier Vie Gearing Up to Bring Locally-Distilled Liquor to New Orleans



With the new “buy local,” movements springing up all over the country, it’s hard to believe that New Orleans ventures outside the South for some of its staples, especially alcohol. The city’s newest distillery heard the call for more locally available spirits and answered swiftly.


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