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MERCREDI

May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan

 

Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo

 

Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes

 

Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel

 

Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food

 

Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues

 

Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies

 

 

JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


Bitter Sweet

Negroni Week Begins



In New Orleans, we really don’t need any excuses to drink, but that doesn’t stop us from finding new reasons all the same. For example, for the next five days, we will be celebrating Negroni Week. As part of a national charity campaign sponsored by Campari and Imbibe Magazine, bars across the United States will be serving this classic Italian aperitivo cocktail and donating $1 or more to charity. Here in the Crescent City, the United States Bartenders’ Guild and Tales of the Cocktail have partnered to support the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit providing medical assistance to local musicians.

 

The Negroni is one of the most popular classic cocktails enjoyed internationally. Cited by bartenders and imbibers as a revelatory experience, opening their minds and palates to flavors and ingredients never before considered.

 

Comprised of London Dry Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, stirred, and served over ice with an orange twist, the cocktail is simultaneously bitter, refreshing, astringent, boozy, deep, rich, and aromatic. It can be enjoyed as a pre-dinner aperitivo or as a meal concluding nightcap, perfect as well in a hot New Orleans courtyard in the depths of a summer afternoon.

 

“It is very balanced, a cocktail bartender’s drink. I like mine with Beefeater Gin, Cocchi Tornio Vermouth, and Campari. Serve on the same rocks you stir it with” declares Braden LaGrone, bartender at Cafe Henri. “Put it in a glass and give it to me!”

 

It is one of few classic Italian cocktails. In a culture where beverage and food is enjoyed for its simplicity and natural beauty rather than masking with mixtures and spices, cocktails never achieved the status of wine or cordials. The integral ingredient in the Negroni, Campari, is an amaro. Amari (the plural for amaro) are popular digestivo meant to settle the stomach after a large meal. Made of bitter herbs, roots, and citrus peels, they are complex and delicious. Many are available in the New Orleans market and can found in great variety at Kiefe and Co. in the Warehouse District. Campari is the most popular in the United States, having struck American soldiers during World War II with it’s unique bitter deliciousness.

 

The origins of the Negroni begin with another cocktail, the Americano, named after the American soldiers who were ordering a drink called the Milano-Torino comprised of sweet (Torino) vermouth and Campari (made in Milano) and in their American way adding soda water to the mix. Garnished with an orange slice, the Americano is low proof and incredibly refreshing, a great drink to mix at a picnic or at a festival, no stirring or straining required. Legend has it that a certain Count Negroni, while tippling at Caffe Riviore in Florence, instructed his bartender Lucca Picci to substitute the soda with gin, and the Negroni was born.

 

In celebration of this legendary cocktail, bartenders across the city are serving up classic renditions as well as their own modern interpretations. Check out the recipe for the original and a list of participating bars below.

 

Classic Negroni

1oz London Dry Gin

1oz Sweet Vermouth

1oz Campari

Stir, serve on the rocks

Garnish with an orange peel

 

Get out and drink for a cause! The participating bars and restaurants:The Negroni is one of the most popular classic cocktails enjoyed internationally. Cited by bartenders and imbibers as a revelatory experience, opening their minds and palates to flavors and ingredients never before considered.

 

Comprised of London Dry Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, stirred, and served over ice with an orange twist, the cocktail is simultaneously bitter, refreshing, astringent, boozy, deep, rich, and aromatic. It can be enjoyed as a pre-dinner aperitivo or as a meal concluding nightcap, perfect as well in a hot New Orleans courtyard in the depths of a summer afternoon.

 

  • 30/90
  • 45 Tchoup
  • Ancora
  • Angeline
  • Arabella
  • Arnaud’s French 75
  • AVO
  • Balise
  • Bar Tonique
  • Barrel Proof
  • Besh Steak
  • Bourbon O
  • The BullDog
  • Cafe Amelie
  • Cafe Henri
  • Capdeville
  • Cavan
  • Company Burger
  • Cure
  • d.b.a.
  • Dat Dog
  • The Davenport Lounge
  • El Libre
  • Felipe’s/Tiki Tolteca
  • Grand Isle Restaurant
  • The Irish House
  • Maison
  • Marigny Brasserie
  • Mid City Yacht Club
  • Pal’s Lounge
  • Pearl
  • The Phoenix
  • Revel
  • The Rusty Nail
  • St. Joe’s
  • Saint Lawrence
  • Saveur
  • Sukho Thai Uptown
  • Twelve Mile Limit
  • Treo
  • Victory NOLA
  • Wood Pizza Bistro

 

Portions of this article previously appeared in NoDef.

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