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Cinco de Mayo Cocktails (Recipes)


Happy Cinco de Mayo! NoDef has already shared the best spots around New Orleans to celebrate with live music, tacos, and of course a drink or two. For the more introverted celebrants, there are still plenty of ways to get down from the comfort of your own kitchen. NoDef's pals at the Mexican-born William Grant & Sons offered up a few suggestions for cocktails featuring traditional spirits like tequila, mezcal, and Ancho Reyes. ¡Salud!


Eco-Conscious Cocktails (Recipes)


With Earth Day just hours away, everyone should raise a glass in toast to Mother Gaia! NoDef's pals at Bombay Sapphire offered up a few suggestions for environmentally-minded libations ahead of Saturday's celebration. The team called upon some of the top cocktail creators from across the country to share zero-waste cocktails to sip the sustainability lifestyle. 


Libation Nation

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. 


Excellent Elixir

National Chartreuse Day Celebrated



Today is National Chartreuse Day! While the liquer is not a staple in the United States, it enjoys vast popularity in NOLA. Before NoDef’s staff departed to drown themselves in the green sea, we chatted with the guys from CureCo to learn a little about the libation and snag a few recipes. 


Master of the Margarita (Recipes)


Today (2.22) is National Margarita Day! If you are in the minority that needs an excuse to savor the tasty lime and agave cocktail, here is your rationale. NoDef reached out to Braden LaGrone of Cure (4905 Freret Street) for some pointers.


Carnival Cocktails (Recipes)


It’s Carnival time and everybody’s having drinks! If ever there was a time to have one too many on a work night, it’s during Mardi Gras season. NoDef’s pals at drizly.com offered up a few suggestions for libations to stay, er, hydrated along the parade route or at your party of choice.


Emeril's Carnival Cocktails (Recipes)


What is Carnival without a cocktail… or three? In honor of the season, the folks at Emeril’s New Orleans restaurants are rolling out some Mardi Gras specials on their list of libations. If you’re too busy with glue gunning your costume to make it out for a drink, you can still enjoy one at home. Recipes follow.


Holiday Spirits

Tales of the Toddy in Photos



On Thursday (12.18), cocktail creators and cocktail enthusiasts converged upon the Hyatt for the 10th annual Tales of the Toddy. The holiday themed Tales of the Cocktail cousin featured whimsical drinks and outrageous costumes. Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture it all on film. Click on through for the photos.


Totally Toddied


The weather outside is not quite frightful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a hot, holiday drink or two… or a dozen. On Thursday (12.17), 52 of NOLA’s top bartenders will serve up thousands of sample seasonal cocktails at the tenth annual Tales of the Toddy. NoDef spoke with USBG New Orleans President Mark Schettler to learn a bit about the backstory behind the bottles.


The Professor and the Madmen


Jerry Thomas is virtually a sacred name to craft cocktail enthusiasts. The pioneering bar-tender and author set the foundation for cocktails as we know them. So, it’s only appropriate that drinking destination Bar Tonique (820 N. Rampart St.) will be honoring the patron saint’s December 15th birthday with a party.


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