Summer has officially landed in the Big Easy and the best way to escape the heat is to cool off with an ice-cold drink. We’ve been pinning classic summer cocktails on our Pinterest page, and we’ve also scanned our favorite blogs and websites for cocktail inspiration that tastes like NOLA. Naturally, we recommend that you enjoy these tasty little concoctions in New Orleans, but they’re also great for summer BBQ’s and patio parties at home.
Strawberry Moonshine Mint Julep
2 large ripe strawberries, core-removed, and cut into ¼-inch pieces
2 teaspoons of sugar
3 leaves fresh mint/
2 oz. of moonshine or white whiskey
½ oz. of lemon juice
Sprig of mint, for garnish
Combine cut strawberries, sugar, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Stir and let them sit until strawberries are macerated, up to 10 minutes; Add moonshine, lemon juice, and ice to fill the shaker, and shake for an additional minute. Then, pour out contents into mason jars, adding more ice as needed.
Optional: Garnish with a sprig of mint
½ teaspoon Benedictine
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
¾ oz. rye whiskey
¾ oz. cognac
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice; stir well for 20 seconds and strain into an ice filled glass. Optional: Garnish with a cherry.
Concocted By: Food and Wine
12 oz. of white rum or vodka
4 oz. of Pimm’s No. 1
8 oz. of fresh lemon juice
4 oz. of Simple Syrup
½ tablespoon of Tabasco
8 oz. of chilled 7-Up
Optional: Thinly sliced lemon wheels for garnish
In a large container, combine all of the ingredients except ice, the 7-Up and the lemon wheels. Refrigerate until chilled for at least 1 hour. Cover the container and shake it; pour contents into an ice-filled pitcher. Strain into ice filled glasses, then stir in the 7-Up and garnish with lemon wheels
For a collection of other notable Southern Cocktails, visit Royal St. Charles on Pinterest. If you’re ready to start planning your New Orleans summer vacation, book online today!