Death Under Favorable Conditions at Bellocq

Another fall driven cocktail at Bellocq Lounge located at 2 Lee Circle, New Orleans in the Hotel Modern.

Death Under Favorable Conditions (Micah) A version of the Hemmingway Classic Death in the Afternoon. Citrus and bitters update and redress this into a more palpable and enjoyable cocktail.

Bellocq Lounge, New Orleans.

Bellocq Lounge, New Orleans.

Bellocq Lounge, New Orleans.

Bellocq Lounge, New Orleans.

Bellocq Lounge, New Orleans.   Death Under Favorable Conditions.

Bellocq Lounge, New Orleans. Death Under Favorable Conditions.

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Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans.

Have you been to the newly remodeled Carousel Bar & Lounge?  If not, here is a sneak peek of the expansion the Hotel Monteleone did to the Carousel Bar & Lounge in 2012.  

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Marvin Allen with a Vieux Carre – Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Vieux Carre Cocktail

This drink was invented in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, the head bartender at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, and is named after the French term for what we call “The French Quarter” … le Vieux Carré (“Old Square”).

  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Cognac
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon Bénédictine D.O.M.
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Mix all ingredients in a double Old Fashioned glass over ice; stir. (Courtesy of Gumbopages.com)

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA


The Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel, New Orleans.

The Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel, New Orleans

New Orleans’ newest modern hotel made its debut early in 2012. The Saint Hotel is located on the corner of Burgundy Street  and Canal Street, and its signature bar, The Burgundy Bar, lies along Burgundy Street; hence the name (it’s not pronounced as the color burgundy, it is the New Orleans version of the pronunciation)

The hotel’s theme is good against evil and it’s bar features the 7 deadly sins as their signature cocktails.  I got to photograph Rachael making a Pride – The pursuit of excessive  love for self (Belvedere Vodka, St Germain, Lime juice and some other great ingredients); I just can say, go try it!

The Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel, New Orleans

The Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel, New Orleans

The Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel, New Orleans

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The Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel, New Orleans

Making a Pride cocktail – The Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel, New Orleans

Pride cocktail – The Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel, New Orleans

Pride cocktail – The Burgundy Bar at the Saint Hotel, New Orleans

The Columns Hotel – Victorian Lounge

Enjoying a Sazerac at The Columns Hotel’s Victorian Lounge, New Orleans

The Columns Hotel, New Orleans

The Columns Hotel, Victorian Lounge

The Columns Hotel

The Columns Hotel, Victorian Lounge

Sazerac

Making a Sazerac at The Columns Hotel’s Victorian Lounge

Sazerac

Making a Sazerac at The Columns Hotel’s Victorian Lounge

Sazerac

Making a Sazerac at The Columns Hotel’s Victorian Lounge

Sazerac

Enjoying a Sazerac at the Columns Hotel overlooking St. Charles Avenue

Sazerac Cocktail

It all began for the Sazerac cocktail in the early 1800’s when Antoine Amedee Peychaud mixed Cognac with his Peychaud bitters. In 1859 the drink was the signature drink of the Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans, where it received its name. The exact reason for the substitution of rye whiskey for the Cognac is unclear, but the whiskey base is used today. The cocktail also originally used absinthe, which although making a comeback, is difficult to find and can be substituted with Herbsaint, Pernod or Absente.View Video: How to Make a Sazerac

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Peychaud bitters to taste
  • absinthe or absinthe substitute
  • lemon twist for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Chill an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit while preparing the rest of the drink.
  2. In a separate mixing glass, muddle the simple syrup and Peychaud bitters together.
  3. Add the rye whiskey and ice to the bitters mixture and stir.
  4. Discard the ice in the chilled glass and rinse it with absinthe (or substitute) by pouring a small amount into the glass, swirling it around and discarding the liquid.
  5. Strain the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass into the old fashioned glass.
  6. Garnish with a lemon twist. Traditionalists will say that the lemon twist should be squeezed over the drink to release its essences but that the twist should not be dropped into the glass itself.

(courtesy of About.com)

Skinny Firefly Vodka

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Skinny Firefly Vodka

Skinny Firefly Vodka by the Pool

Lumix G-10, ISO 400, 14 mm, f/8, 1/2000, AWB

Enjoying a few drinks pool side at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana