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Recipes for National Cocktail Day



Like most New Orleanians, the NoDef team enjoys a good cocktail ... or two, or three. The great thing about living in the Big Easy is that we really don't need any excuses to drink, but that doesn't stop us from finding new reasons all the same. (Cue today's Bourbon Festival and this month's absinthe celebration, for instance.) This Friday (3.24) is National Cocktail Day, the holiest of days for all fans of being spirited away. Today, mix up all-star cocktails with these recipes culled from NoDef interviews with NOLA's finest bartenders from years past. 


Mardi Gras Mixology (Drink Recipe)


The time for a dirnk is now! While many are content with warm beer or mixed drinks in styrofoam cups, the Carnival season is also a time for craft cocktails. NoDef revisited out favorite Mardi Cocktaiul, the brainchild of none other than Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Johnson came up with his own recipe, and Cane & Table's (1113 Decatur) Nick Detrich gave NoDef a short video that teaches viewers how to make Johnson's signature drink. 


One Fly Mai Tai


Today is National Mai Tai Day. (Don't worry, there's time to drink one after the Saints game). The tiki classic is perfect for heat featuring funky rum, fresh juice, and just enough rich syrup. NoDef turned to our favorite publican Nick Detrich of Cane & Table (1133 Decatur St.) for a recipe.


Goodbye To All That: Older Matt Young Leaves Bar Industry


Matt Young is an institution of the NOLA craft cocktail scene. However, Tuesday (7.21) night, the affable bartender will double-strain his last cocktail and shake his last sour. Young will work a final shift at Cane & Table tonight and then shift his focus to his full-time job as a graphic designer.


Damn Sure Better than Rain: National Moonshine Day


Today (6.05) is National Moonshine Day. Once known as the domain of rednecks and hillbillies, moonshine’s appeal expanded into hipsters over the last few years. If all three of those demographics lack appeal for you, fear not. NoDef spoke with Cane & Table’s Nick Detrich, the People’s Publican, to learn about the meat of the matter, not the marketing.


Today in NOLA: 5.10.15


Happy Mother’s Day. After the brunching ends, there is plenty to do spanning from coffee cocktailing to rock at the Civic. Pinckney Benton Stewart (P.B.S.) was born in Georgia on this day in 1837. Stewart would later become the Governor of Louisiana. Now, more to do this Sunday.


Coffee With a Kick (Recipes)


Do you ever long for more caffeine in your adult beverages? Do you wish that there was a libation with the effects of Four Loko, but that it actually tasted good? Fear not. Cocktails and coffees are meeting on Sunday (5.10) when Cane & Table’s Nick Detrich joins Spitfire Coffee’s Nick Christian and Tyson Stagg of San Francisco roaster Sightglass for an afternoon (12p.m.-3p.m.) of java based libations.


The Bloody Jerk (Recipe)


New Year’s Eve done right can leave revelers feeling a little dehydrated on New Year’s Day. For those trying to make the most of the holiday, a trip to the well is often in order. One of the most popular cocktails to kick off the new year is the Bloody Mary. Nick Detrich of Cane & Table (1113 Decatur Street) gave us the recipe for his favorite variation on the classic.


Daiquiri Day

Cane and Table's Nick Detrich on Drink's Caribbean, Rum-Filled Origins



Unwrap the straw and raise up a styrofoam cup. July 19 is National Daiquiri Day, and New Orleans, with its gallon pricing and drive thru options, is the Daiquiri capital. (Plus, there's a parade). Moving beyond Bourbon Street’s frozen flavors, NOLA Defender wanted to dig down to the roots of the subtropical favorite. Cane & Table’s Nick Detrich, an expert on rums and Caribbean cocktials, provided some guidance.


Cure Team Earns 3 TOTC Spirited Awards Nominations


The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience ends after Saturday's Grand Tasting, but local libation lovers can still take a glass-half-full approach to the beginning of summer since Tales of the Cocktail is right around the corner. In addition to tastings and swag, Tales honors the worldwide mixology industry's finest with their annual Spirited Awards. This year, a number of locals are among the nominees.


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