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LUNDI

February 20th

Glen David Andrews

d.b.a., 10PM

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)

 

Detox to Retox

Big Easy 'Bucha, 6:30PM

Free yoga and kombucha for a mid-Carnival cleanse

 

Jazz Manouche Mondays

The Dragon's Den, 7PM

Cover all your bases with a gypsy jazz jam session, dance lesson, and dinner potluck 

 

Blue Velvet & Kuwaisiana & Green Gasoline

The Allways Lounge and Theatre, 7PM

A triple threat lineup of independent rockers

 

Alexis & The Samurai

d.b.a., 7PM

Indie folk duo perform every Monday

 

Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7PM

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz

 

Alex McMurray

Chickie Wah Wah, 8pm

A New Orleans classic, belting out fox-trot slot-machine music

 

Bluegrass Pickin' Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8PM

Bring an instrument and join in 

 

Comic Strip 

Siberia, 9PM

Burlesque and standup ($5)

 

Poetry on Poets

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

Weekly poetry open mic with live music ($5)

 

Brass-A-Holics

Blue Nile, 10PM

NOLA brass with a touch of DC go-go

 

 

MARDI

February 21st

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM & 10PM

Galactic drummer's side project

 

Film Screening

Burgundy Picture House, 8PM

John Cassavetes' 1970 film Husbands

 

Comedy Beast

Howlin' Wolf Den, 8:30PM

Free comedy show

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Intergalatic future funk at this high-energy show

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 10PM

Benny Jones and friends keep classic NOLA music thriving

 

Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters play their weekly gig

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 11PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9AM-1PM

Uptown edition of the city's prime local market


Infusion Power

New Orleans' Atelier Vie Distillery Releases First Product: Buck 25 Vodka



A new local vodka is offering a lot more proof that alcohol-loving New Orleans can produce its own liquor.

 

Lucky Player’s King Cake Vodka and Taaka's omniscent pleas to "Just Add People" might be infused with the Big Easy spirit, but they're not spirits of the Big Easy. Although New Orleans is known for alcohol consumption, shoppers who want locally produced spirits must choose between Atelier Vie and Old New Orleans Rum. The former just distributed their first vodka, Buck 25, in late September, and Atelier Vie Founder Jed Haas says it’s the perfect spirit for drinking on the rocks, mixing, or infusing with fruits and veggies.

 

The new product is 125 proof, (over sixty percent alcohol) but Atelier Vie Founder Jedd Haas says that people shouldn’t let the high alcohol content scare them away.

 

“It’s very interesting, because almost every single person that has tried it has said the exact same thing. ‘Wow, that’s smooth,’” reports Haas. 

 

Buck 25 is on shelves and bars at locations all over the city, from Maurepas Foods in the Bywater to 12 Mile Limit in Mid-City. Vodka lovers can also find Buck 25 at grocery stores such as Dorignacs and Cork and Bottle, and Haas says they’ll be adding more distributors to that list within the next few days. 

 

Haas says that Buck 25 is intended as a “secret ingredient” for bartenders who want more for their pour. At 125 proof, 750ml packs a bigger punch and lasts a lot longer on the bar.  

 

“Some bartenders have told me, ‘I wish I could get bigger bottles of spirits,’” explains Haas. “This is the equivalent of over a liter of 80 proof vodka. Instead of fifteen drinks, you get more like 25.” 

 

Don’t let the alcohol content and the bold label fool you: Buck 25 is made from cane rather than the standard grain, ensuring that a sip is not all bitter booze.

 

“It has a kind of sweetness to it,” says Haas.  

 

The spirit’s potency also offers many opportunities for infused cocktails, whether you’re looking for an extra spicy Bloody Mary or your own homemade pineapple vodka, Buck 25 lets you flavor-create in half the time of competing vodkas. 

 

“The flavor gets extracted a lot faster due to the higher alcohol content,” says Haas.  “We took hot red peppers and put half a dozen of them into a bottle of Buck 25. We let that sit for two days, and it turned the color of a single malt. It was spicy enough to have you jumping for some water."

 

The distillery’s founder recommends infusing Buck 25 with spicy flavors for Bloody Mary’s and saltier drinks, and he also shared reports from bartenders who said the alcohol is hyper conducive to homemade bitter creations. As our readers already learned from Belvedere's Claire Smith, vodka is not a neutral spirit. 

 

“The government’s official definition is that it should have no taste and flavor to it, but you have a wide variation in prices from the cheap to the premium,” notes Haas. Although Haas hasn’t personally mixed any drinks with Buck 25, he says one of his partners is “an avid mixologist,” working on something called the “Mid-City Mule.” 

 

“It’s a variation of the Moscow Mule,” explains Haas. “We’re working on incorporating a locally brewed ginger beer to make it a truly local concoction.” 

 

Haas says consumers should look forward to Atelier Vie’s next spirit, their own Absinthe.

 

“Coming up next is our Toulouse Red," he said. "it’s been somewhat delayed by the government. We’re waiting for an approval on the formula."

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