Carousel Bar New Orleans - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

The fall football experience just heated up – behind the bar.  Football fan or cocktail fanatic, pairing cocktails and fun food with events is as classic as the great American sport that plays out on the field.  New Orleans boasts prohibition era classic cocktails that never seem to go out of style.  Tailgate your way through the fall football season with a few traditional New Orleans classics. Find more Football and Tailgating recipes in the right hand sidebar.

Tweet Up - Bar Tonique Cocktail Menu Board - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinNew Orleans Cocktail

2 parts Bourbon

1/2 part Absinthe

1/2 part Simple Syrup

1/2 part Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake to blend and chill.  Strain into a cocktail glass.

New Orleans Milk Punch

Mardi Gras Mask and Cocktail Glass photo copyright Cheri Loughlin2 parts Bourbon

1/2 to 1 part Dark Crème de Cacao

3 parts Milk

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake thoroughly to blend and chill.  Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.  Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

New Orleans Pink Gin

2 parts Gin

3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake to blend and chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

Sazerac - courtesy Pernod AbsintheSazerac

Famous New Orleans Drinks & How to Mix ‘Em by Stanley Clisby Arthur, 1937

2 parts Brandy or Rye whiskey

1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters

1 dash of Angostura Bitters

1 teaspoon Sugar

1 teaspoon Absinthe

Rinse an old fashioned glass with absinthe.  Discard excess. Stir remaining ingredients together gently in cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into the absinthe-coated glass.

Vieux Carre - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinVieux Carre – Walter Bergeron, Hotel Monteleone

1 ounce Hennessy Cognac

1 ounce (ri)1 Rye Whiskey

1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula

1/4 ounce Benedictine

Dash Peychaud’s Bitters

Dash Angostura Bitters

Lemon Twist Garnish

Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Obituary Cocktail - photo courtesy PernodObituary Cocktail

2 parts Plymouth Gin

1/4 part Dry Vermouth

1/4 part Pernod Absinthe

Combine ingredients in an iced tumbler. Stir well.  Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Creole Julep – created by Maksym Pazuniak, Cure/Rambla

Creole Julep - photo courtesy Beam Global2-1/4 oz Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum

1/2 oz Clement Creole Shrubb

1/4 oz Captain Morgan 100

2 dashes Fee Bros. Peach bitters

2 dashes angostura bitters

8-10 mint leaves

1 Demerara Sugar Cube

Muddle sugar, Creole Shrubb and bitters until sugar is dissolved in a 10 oz. tall glass. Add mint and press to express oils. Add cracked ice. Add Cruzan and Captain Morgan 100 and stir until frost appears on outside of glass. Garnish with mint sprig.

Bacardi Hurricane - Low Calorie Cocktail - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinHurricane

1 part Dark Rum

1 part Light Rum

1/2 part Galliano

3/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice

1 part Passion Fruit Syrup

1-1/2 part Orange Juice

1-1/2 part Pineapple Juice

Dash of Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake.  Strain into a hurricane glass over fresh ice.  Garnish with slices of fresh tropical fruit and maraschino cherries if desired.

French 75 - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinFrench 75

1-1/2 part Gin

3/4 part Lemon Juice

1/2 part Simple Syrup

Sparkling wine

Combine Gin, juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake to blend and chill.  Strain into a champagne flute.  Top with champagne.  Garnish with fresh lemon twist.

Try another variation of the French 75 using Cognac.

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  • November 15, 2010 at 7:03 am

    It will be hard to decide what drink to serve at my next tailgate party or next gourmet party. It will be fun trying a few or several of these. I am sure many will go well with my tailgate recipes.

  • December 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Now being from here I always love to see what people post about my great city. Love your showcase of our great cocktails….though you left off the Pimms Cup. Great for tailgating during the warmer months or baseball games or any outside situation.
    Also, i had never heard of the Pink Gin…I am gonna have to play with that our Peychauds here.

  • May 1, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I love these. My absolute, all-time ftvarioe drink is a “Paprika Cup” at a place here in Portland. It’s vodka, whiskey, Pimm’s, passion fruit puree, muddled ginger, topped with ginger ale and a paprika sugared rim. If you’re ever in town, you must try it! :)

  • July 7, 2013 at 7:54 am

    All of these are moth-watering. I was in a daze while reading this post. I wish I could have all of these cocktails. I’m so excited to try one in the future. Thanks by the way for the great ideas here.

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