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Rum Head

Tomorrow (8.16) is National Rum Day! Last month, we rounded up the best spots for rum-focused frozen brews for National Daiquiri Day, honoring one of the signature rum-focused drinks of New Orleans. Want some more boozy options to break up the hump day blues? Whether a mojito, a rum punch, a piña colada, or a simple rum & coke, celebrate this most hallowed of days with NoDef's round-up of the best spots in the Big Easy for this spirit. 

Return of the Daiq

New Orleans Daiquiri Festival Gets off at Elysian Fields

The third edition of the New Orleans Daiquiri Festival celebrates the city's deep connection to the frozen alcoholic beverage in one location. While staying put may not be rare for a New Orleans festival, it's rare when it comes to the rite of drinking daiquiris.

Today in New Orleans 6.18.13

Today, continue the Eat Local Challenge at the Crescent City Farmers Market, see a free film screening from DJ Souls Sister, and enjoy the Rolling Through Food Truck Fest in Broadmoor. Happy Birthday to No Limit rapper and NOLA native Vyshonn King Miller, aka Silkk the Shocker, born on June 18, 1975. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

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. 

Defend the Daiq: Fest Honors Go-Cup Culture

In any other city drive-thru daiquiris would seem a conundrum, but in New Orleans it’s the standard.  This Saturday from 4 pm to 7 pm, Defend the Daiquiri, founded by OHNO Co., lauds lenient open container laws as they launch their campaign to protect go-cup culture and, of course, our favorite daiq shacks.   

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.

Mirliton Festival Gets New Bywater Digs

by Erica Boni

Downtown New Orleanians are once again gourd-ing its loins for one of their biggest annual parties.The Bywater Neighborhood Association hosts its 23rd annual Mirliton Festival on Saturday. The mirliton is a unique heirloom perrenial squash, native to Louisiana. Since the beginning of the festival, neighborhood chefs have spent the first weekend in November cooking it up into delicacies.

Mirliton Festival Gets Country Club Kickoff, with Daiquiris

by Emma Boyce

It's almost time for the annual Bywater party that celebrates neighborhood ties and local vegetables: the Mirliton Festival. But before spreading out in Markey Park, fest fans are invited to relax poolside with a daiq. Tonight is the Mirliton Festival Kickoff Party, which aims to get everyone prepared for Mirliton madness, and introduce the world to a signature, delicious daiquiri: the Bywater Bomber. The party is hosted by the Bywater Neighborhood Association, and aims to continue the fest's mission of celebrating the rich Bywater culture.  

Gingeroo's Genesis

Old New Orleans Rum Distillery's Potent, Ready-Made Drink is Ready for Full Rollout

Don’t mistake the Old New Orleans Rum distillery's latest creation for a redheaded marsupial. Made with Old New Orleans Crystal Rum, cayenne infused rum, fresh ginger juice, Louisiana cane sugar and carbonated water, the Gingeroo is a delicious and effervescent beverage for rum connoisseurs and general cocktail lovers alike.

Robbing Jean Lafitte to Pay Captain Morgan

Here, in the City of Dreams, we've always been more comfortable being grouped with the Caribbean. After all, it means we get to be as the best organized city, rather than the least. Recently, however, the Europeans have returned to divide us from our forebears to the South, and it's all about the pirate's grog. Old New Orleans Rum tells City Business about how gargantuan alcohol distrbutor and makers of Captain Morgan, Diageo, is collecting generous tax breaks from their recent move to the Virgin Islands that plunder money from the local distillery. Where's Jean Lafitte when you need someone to pick a little off 'fore it gets to port? Read the story here.

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