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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. 


Snakebitten: Sazerac Buys SoCo


It seems that one novelty shot is just not enough. Riding high off the success of Fireball, NOLA based Sazerac Co. announced today that they will purchase Southern Comfort for 543.5 million dollars from Brown-Forman Corp. 


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.


Real Big

F&B, Words, and Parties at Week Three of Faux/Real



Faux/Real Festival of the Arts is rolling into a third and final weekend. The offerings show no signs of slowing down though. Along with the numerous theatre offerings, F/R has plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, and listen to some local authors.


Great Scott! Future Day Drinks


As anyone with a social media account is well aware, today is “Future Day.” In the cinematic classic Back to the Future, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward in time to today October 21, 2015. With the prediction fact-checking played out, NoDef went searching for a local angle. Not surprisingly, we found it in a bar.


Drinking Culture

Celebrating A Year of Drinking (and Writing) at Cane & Table



 

Gentle reader, I have no more to write but a little – our time is at an end. O long year’s labor! And short year’s memory… drowned as rainwater in the ocean. But I will resist nostalgia as I might. For a celebration of 52 weeks of penning the "Drinking Culture" column is at hand. And sending out a call to those who would come, I determined to achieve the acme of my credit limit and begin anew the cycle of paying off my debts throughout the approaching busy season. Come with me now, back to a beginning of sorts. We’re off to see some old friends, meet some new, and drink and dine and generally blow-it-up at the finest all-around joint in the French Quarter: Cane and Table. 


Drinking Culture

Dropping A Dime On Barcadia



Gentle reader, as sojourners in this life we must take our entertainment where we find it. The dive bar and the neighborhood bar please us well. But let us indulge our curiosity and step inside an establishment that can be many places at once, brushing by geography and local culture like the broadcast of a syndicated television program. It’s time to take a peek into a chain bar – if only a regional chain bar. We’re off for a game or two, and perhaps a drink, at Barcadia.


Drinking Culture

Taking A Shot At Ms. Mae's



The following is a work of historical fiction. Mostly. 

O for a Muse of firewater, that would preserve some aspect of apprehension! A dive bar for a stage, drunkards to act, and dirtbags to behold the swelling scene! But pardon, gentle readers all, our cheap and rotgut spirits. For our favorite New Orleans Sommelier had sent me a challenge; after the balance of our lives had been spent building the worthy scaffold of our tolerances. Shot for shot, beer for beer; turning the accomplishment of many years drinking into an hourglass. Admit me then chorus to this history, who here upon your humble patience pray; gently to hear, kindly to judge, The Club Ms. Mae’s.


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