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13 Classic New Orleans Cocktails and Drinks

Known for its music, cuisine, and the ever-popular Mardi Gras parade, these New Orleans cocktails are just as bright and fun as The Big Easy itself.

And luckily, they’re insanely easy to recreate at home!

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New Orleans Cocktail with Orange, Lime and Cherry

From bright and fruity to zesty and refreshing, these iconic New Orleans cocktails hit the spot every time.

Shaken or stirred, they’re best served with good friends and some bluesy jazz.

So, the next time you make red beans and rice or a big pot of jambalaya, try one of these famous drinks from New Orleans.

You won’t be disappointed.

13 Must Try Drinks You Have to Try in New Orleans

1. New Orleans Hurricane Drink

Nothing screams “New Orleans” quite like a hurricane! No sandbags or shelters here, just a fruity drink that’s sure to get the party started.

This dangerously delicious cocktail is full of passion fruit and orange juices, citrus, and grenadine.

And all that pairs perfectly with the mix of dark and light rum. 

Hurricane glasses are, of course, the preferred glass. And I still have a few in the cupboard from my last trip to NOLA!

But feel free to serve them in whatever glasses you have. Just don’t forget the cherries and orange slices for garnish!

Vieux Carre Cocktail with Ice and Lemon Wedge

2. Vieux Carre Cocktail

Spend your next Mardi Gras party sipping on a Vieux Carre, and you might not remember going to bed.

This NOLA-certified drink is a delicious mix of bitters, brandy, and rye whiskey. So yeah, it’s pretty robust.

It gets its name from the French Square and is full of historic flavors, including benedictine, a herbal liqueur that’s spiced and fruity with a pleasant honey finish.

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Blend it with rye whiskey, brandy, sweet vermouth, and bitters, and you’re all set. Then pour it over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.

3. Pimm’s Cup

If you enjoy cold lemonade on a hot day, you’ll love this Pimm’s cup! It’s refreshing and delicious, though oddly, not a New Orleans creation.

Pimm’s is probably most well known for being the drink of choice at Wimbledon and fancy English garden parties.

But this London fave made its way across the pond and has become a staple on Bourbon Street and beyond.

As the name suggests, the main ingredient here is Pimm’s No. 1. This mix of gin, spice, and tonic is a delicious base for a refreshing cocktail. 

Serve it with plenty of ice and a splash of ginger ale. Yum!

4. New Orleans Bloody Mary

What’s better than a snack and a drink with friends? How about a snack and a drink all in one cup?

I’m talking about a savory, snack-filled, New Orlean’s style Bloody Mary!

This Creole cocktail is jam-packed with flavor and spice, including horseradish and Worcestershire sauce.

Mix those with tomato juice, vodka, and flavor-enhancing ingredients, and shake well. Then pour into a glass over ice, and get to the garnish!

Some of my favorites are shrimp, bacon, pickles, and pickled okra. But really, there are no wrong answers!

5. New Orleans Sazerac

If you haven’t had a classic Sazerac before, you’re in for a real treat!

It’s a simple cocktail with no fruity additions or mixers. But there are a couple of key steps you need to follow to get it just right.

The OG Sazerac calls for Absinthe, which gets swirled around your glass and poured out before adding the drink itself.

This recipe is similar, only you’ll use Herbsaint, an anise-flavored Absinthe substitute created in New Orleans in 1934.

6. Classic New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch

I’m a massive fan of creamy cocktails, and this punch definitely sits near the top of my must-make list.

I mean, talk about sugar and spice and everything nice!

This cocktail features a simple yet stunning combination of brandy, milk, sugar, vanilla, and spices. 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, and get in a quick workout. Pour over ice, and try not to glug it down in one! 

7. Voodoo Daiquiri

Whether you’re a believer or not, this voodoo daiquiri is spooky and scrumptious!

Again, it’s not a New Orleans creation (it’s from Cuba originally). But the locals and tourists alike love daiquiris, so you’ll see them pretty much everywhere.

This one is a fun mix of bourbon, grape vodka, grape juice, and frozen grapes. And in the summer, it’s best served icy and thick!

8. Ramos Gin Fizz

If you’re on the fence about gin, give this drink a try! It’s frothy, fizzy, and super fun.

One sip, and I bet you’ll order it again and again.

To make this New Orleans Gin Fizz, you’ll need a shaker or blender. This makes for a frothy and lightly chilled cocktail. 

Between the gin, orange flower water, egg white, and cream, it’s light, fruity, floral, and velvety smooth.

9. Mint Julep

Mint cocktails are some of the best to enjoy during the summer when you need something cool, refreshing, and lightly sweet.

And the classic Mint Julep is about as refreshing as it gets.

You’ll need minty simple syrup, which is effortless to make yourself.

Once that’s syrupy and cool, add a splash to a good measure of bourbon and give it a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

It’s simple enough to make in a pinch yet elegant enough for wedding season. What more can you ask for?

10. La Louisiane

If you enjoyed the NOLA Sazerac, this is your next must-make. There’s just so much to enjoy in this herbaceous and rich cocktail.

The rye whiskey is pretty straightforward, but the Absinthe, bitters, and benedictine add immense flavor!

No shaking here, just a bit of stirring to maintain all that alcohol. Garnish your drink with a couple of Luxardo cherries for flare. 

11. Grasshopper

Anyone who doesn’t enjoy a Grasshopper obviously isn’t doing it right.

Follow this recipe, and your cocktail will taste just like a minty milkshake – which nobody can resist!

With just three ingredients, it’s a straightforward drink to make.

Just blend creme de cacao and creme de menthe with cream, then pour it into a tall, chilled glass.

Easy peasy.

I prefer it with heavy cream, but half & half or even coconut cream will work too.

12. Absinthe Frappe

Yes, it’s called a frappe, but I promise you don’t need your blender! In fact, this cocktail may just be the simplest on this list.

All you’ll need to whip up this delicious drink is Absinthe, simple syrup, muddled mint, and soda water! And one big glass full of ice.

How easy is that?

13. New Orleans Old-Fashioned

You simply cannot go wrong with an old-fashioned Old Fashioned. But it’s also okay to tweak the OG drink to make it your own.

Take this recipe, for example. Using Peychaud bitters gives you a hint of fruity taste behind the bourbon.

Add in a dash of orange bitters, and this drink is darn near complete!

If you love an Old Fashioned, you have to try this New Orleans twist! It may just become your favorite.  

13 Classic New Orleans Cocktails and Drinks

Known for its music, cuisine, and the ever-popular Mardi Gras parade, these New Orleans cocktails are just as bright and fun as The Big Easy itself.


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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