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20 Iconic New Orleans Cocktails and Where to Find Them

Where to get the best versions of iconic drinks (or drinks well on their way to becoming iconic) in New Orleans

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There’s no place more famous for its cocktails than New Orleans and no wonder. The story goes that it was invented here, along with a slew of iconic drinks that are synonymous with the New Orleans experience. It’s quite a list, from the Sazerac, to brandy milk punch, Pimms cup, the grasshopper, hurricane, and of course, the hand grenade.

Storied bars and restaurants are well known for their versions of these many classic drinks. And as cocktail history is embraced and informed by a new generation of mixologists, more bars are seeking to recreate classics as well as put their own stamp on the genre by creating proprietary cocktails of their own. Here now are 21 iconic New Orleans cocktails and where to find them.

*The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Old Fashioned at Cure

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4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 302-2357
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Cure isn’t just a bar, it’s a force, leading the way to transform Freret into a dining and entertainment destination and raising the craft cocktail bar for all. Farm to bar seasonal ingredients drive the bus here, with an ever-changing and evolving menu of new drinks to sample. The team also does a great job on the classics, and their Old Fashioned (and variations) showcases and simplifies the iconic cocktail. Try the extra baller O.F. with Wild Turkey Master’s Keep, demerara sugar, and two kinds of bitters.

2. The Twelve Mile Limit at Twelve Mile Limit

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500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-8114

In his new book Cocktail Dive Bar, T. Cole Newton explains that this vintage cocktail inspired the name of his bar. Twelve miles is the distance from the coast till reaching international waters, which figured prominently in the Prohibition era rum running racket. Twelve Mile Limit makes a dangerously drinkable cocktail with rum, whiskey, brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice.

3. A Sazerac at The Sazerac

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123 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 648-1200
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There are 100 places in Orleans parish where you can get a Sazerac (and probably a dozen where you can get a really good one). But this low-lit, throwback swanky bar in the Roosevelt Hotel is so devoted to the iconic New Orleans cocktail that it's named for it. The Sazerac Bar tops the list.

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4. The Bywater at Jewel of the South

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1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 265-8816
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Chris Hannah’s drink list at Jewel is a wonder of global flavors and creative combinations in an inviting indoor outdoor garden setting. The Bywater is a gem for sure; Hannah conjured the powerful drink of rum, Averna, and green chartreuse in honor of New Orleans’s Caribbean-flavored Bywater neighborhood.

5. Bourbon Punch at Bourbon House

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144 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-0111
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Bourbon punch is a popular brunch drink alternative to the ubiquitous Bloody Mary, and the Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House version is served with ice cream as an ingredient. There’s a coconut milk-forward vegan version too.

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6. French 75 at The French 75 Bar

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813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-5433
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The original version of this cocktail, for which the bar of Arnaud's is named, contains gin as its main ingredient. French 75 counters that the New Orleans version should have Cognac, since that's a French spirit and gin is not. You'll get it with Cognac here.

7. The Martinez at the Bombay Club

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830 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 577-2237
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This classic cocktail is believed to be the precursor to the modern martini. The version served at the Bombay Club, made with sweet vermouth, gin, and maraschino liqueur, is spot on. It's great to see an almost forgotten cocktail find a new home.

8. The Absinthe Frappe at The Old Absinthe House

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240 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-3181
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Created at the Old Absinthe House in the 1860s, this simple absinthe cocktail is as refreshing and flavorful as it ever was. In fact, the bar was known as the Absinthe Room after the cocktail was created, which eventually became the Old Absinthe House.

9. The Vieux Carre at the Carousel Bar

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214 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-3341
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The Monteleone Hotel’s revolving Carousel Bar offers a cocktail menu that might as well be a master class of iconic drinks. Most notably, the Vieux Carre was invented here back in the 1930s, combining whiskey, cognac, vermouth, Benedictine, and bitters and paying homage to the neighborhood from which it sprung.

10. Corpse Reviver No. 2 at Compère Lapin

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535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-2119
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New Orleans debauchery can take its toll. If your hung-over corpse needs reviving, head to the bar at Compere Lapin, an oasis of sanity in a city where excess is the baseline. Chef Nina Compton’s terrific barkeeps shake up an exquisite balance of gin, Cointreau, Lillet blanc, citrus, and dash of absinthe. Popularized in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, think of this classic cocktail as a lemon drop with a Ph.D. 

11. Ramos Gin Fizz at Bar Tonique

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820 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 324-6045
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This frothy and refreshing cocktail is all about the long game — it takes a significant shake to activate the frothy factor for the combo of egg whites, gin, orange flower water, sugar, and cream. They do a super job at the craft cocktail mecca Bar Tonique on the edge of the Quarter by Armstrong Park. Don’t order one if you’re in a hurry, the New Orleans-created cocktail needs time to percolate perfectly.

12. Cajun Bloody Mary at Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9711
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Bloody Mary cocktails are starting to crash and burn under all the garnishes that restaurant places on them to make their stand out from the thousands of others available in the city. At the quintessential New Orleans fine-dining breakfast restaurant, the garnishes are kept to the classic New Orleans pickled okra and pickled green bean. Brennan’s mix is spicy and complex, and this deceptively simple version of the breakfast classic cocktail is a pleasure to drink any time of the day.

13. Cafe Brulot at Antoine's

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713 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-4422
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Antoine’s has been doing all kinds of things right for 180 years — and this flaming spiced coffee drink may just top the list. The fifth generation family owned grand dame off Bourbon offers diners a show with dinner, as waiters make cafe brulot in special copper cooking bowl and ladle, the smell of coffee, brandy and sparking citrus creating an irresistible after dinner treat.

14. Hand Grenade at Tropical Isle

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721 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 529-4109
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Although throwing back one (or more) hand grenades will surely lead to questionable decision making, the distinctively shaped plastic cups are ubiquitous on Bourbon Street. Tropical Isle put the drink on the map during the ill fated 1984 World’s Fair — the hand grenade was the fair’s biggest success.

15. Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's

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718 St Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4823
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You can't argue with history. Even though you can get a hand-crafted, hand-muddled, boutique hurricane at classic bars including Lafitte’s, Pat O’s is where the magic was first made, and this is where the classic lives on in raging technicolor.

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16. Pimm's Cup at Napoleon House

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500 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-4152
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This cool, refreshing drink was made for the warm days and day drinking tendencies of New Orleans residents and visitors. The Napoleon House has served them for so long, that the drink is synonymous with the bar.

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17. The Zombie at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

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321 N. Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 609-3811
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It’s always a good time at Latitude 29, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s bar and eatery in the French Quarter. Berry has dedicated his life to recreating classic tiki recipes and concocting his own drinks that pay homage to the genre. The Zombie is the gold standard of tiki cocktails — go here to get a spot on version.

18. Grasshopper at Tujague’s

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429 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-8676
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Part dessert, part libation, the grasshopper was concocted for a 1918 drinks competition in New York by the second owner of Tujague’s when it was in its original location. In the past year the historic restaurant moved four blocks towards Canal, but the green drink remains the same — equal parts crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and heavy cream.

19. Floridita Daiquiri at Manolito

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508 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 603-2740
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The New Orleans-Cuba connection is in sharp relief at Manolito, another French Quarter cocktail haven from the James Beard Award winning Chris Hannah. All of the blended drinks are superb, as is the fum-fueled Flordita daiquiri invented at El Floridita bar in Havana by Constante Ribalaigua.

20. Frozen Irish Coffee at Molly's at the Market

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1107 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-5169
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The frozen Irish coffee is a go-to hangover cure and cooling treat for wandering the Quarter on a steamy day. While the Erin Rose also serves a great version, the Monahans have put the drink on the map, serving it not only at Molly's at the Market but also Junction in the Bywater.

1. Old Fashioned at Cure

4905 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Cure isn’t just a bar, it’s a force, leading the way to transform Freret into a dining and entertainment destination and raising the craft cocktail bar for all. Farm to bar seasonal ingredients drive the bus here, with an ever-changing and evolving menu of new drinks to sample. The team also does a great job on the classics, and their Old Fashioned (and variations) showcases and simplifies the iconic cocktail. Try the extra baller O.F. with Wild Turkey Master’s Keep, demerara sugar, and two kinds of bitters.

4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. The Twelve Mile Limit at Twelve Mile Limit

500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans, LA 70119

In his new book Cocktail Dive Bar, T. Cole Newton explains that this vintage cocktail inspired the name of his bar. Twelve miles is the distance from the coast till reaching international waters, which figured prominently in the Prohibition era rum running racket. Twelve Mile Limit makes a dangerously drinkable cocktail with rum, whiskey, brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice.

500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. A Sazerac at The Sazerac

123 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112
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There are 100 places in Orleans parish where you can get a Sazerac (and probably a dozen where you can get a really good one). But this low-lit, throwback swanky bar in the Roosevelt Hotel is so devoted to the iconic New Orleans cocktail that it's named for it. The Sazerac Bar tops the list.

123 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112

4. The Bywater at Jewel of the South

1026 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Chris Hannah’s drink list at Jewel is a wonder of global flavors and creative combinations in an inviting indoor outdoor garden setting. The Bywater is a gem for sure; Hannah conjured the powerful drink of rum, Averna, and green chartreuse in honor of New Orleans’s Caribbean-flavored Bywater neighborhood.

1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112

5. Bourbon Punch at Bourbon House

144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Nora McGunnigle/ENOLA

Bourbon punch is a popular brunch drink alternative to the ubiquitous Bloody Mary, and the Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House version is served with ice cream as an ingredient. There’s a coconut milk-forward vegan version too.

144 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. French 75 at The French 75 Bar

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

The original version of this cocktail, for which the bar of Arnaud's is named, contains gin as its main ingredient. French 75 counters that the New Orleans version should have Cognac, since that's a French spirit and gin is not. You'll get it with Cognac here.

813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. The Martinez at the Bombay Club

830 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112

This classic cocktail is believed to be the precursor to the modern martini. The version served at the Bombay Club, made with sweet vermouth, gin, and maraschino liqueur, is spot on. It's great to see an almost forgotten cocktail find a new home.

830 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. The Absinthe Frappe at The Old Absinthe House

240 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Created at the Old Absinthe House in the 1860s, this simple absinthe cocktail is as refreshing and flavorful as it ever was. In fact, the bar was known as the Absinthe Room after the cocktail was created, which eventually became the Old Absinthe House.

240 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. The Vieux Carre at the Carousel Bar

214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Monteleone Hotel’s revolving Carousel Bar offers a cocktail menu that might as well be a master class of iconic drinks. Most notably, the Vieux Carre was invented here back in the 1930s, combining whiskey, cognac, vermouth, Benedictine, and bitters and paying homage to the neighborhood from which it sprung.

214 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Corpse Reviver No. 2 at Compère Lapin

535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans debauchery can take its toll. If your hung-over corpse needs reviving, head to the bar at Compere Lapin, an oasis of sanity in a city where excess is the baseline. Chef Nina Compton’s terrific barkeeps shake up an exquisite balance of gin, Cointreau, Lillet blanc, citrus, and dash of absinthe. Popularized in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock, think of this classic cocktail as a lemon drop with a Ph.D. 

535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Ramos Gin Fizz at Bar Tonique

820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

This frothy and refreshing cocktail is all about the long game — it takes a significant shake to activate the frothy factor for the combo of egg whites, gin, orange flower water, sugar, and cream. They do a super job at the craft cocktail mecca Bar Tonique on the edge of the Quarter by Armstrong Park. Don’t order one if you’re in a hurry, the New Orleans-created cocktail needs time to percolate perfectly.

820 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

12. Cajun Bloody Mary at Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bloody Mary cocktails are starting to crash and burn under all the garnishes that restaurant places on them to make their stand out from the thousands of others available in the city. At the quintessential New Orleans fine-dining breakfast restaurant, the garnishes are kept to the classic New Orleans pickled okra and pickled green bean. Brennan’s mix is spicy and complex, and this deceptively simple version of the breakfast classic cocktail is a pleasure to drink any time of the day.

417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Cafe Brulot at Antoine's

713 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Antoine’s has been doing all kinds of things right for 180 years — and this flaming spiced coffee drink may just top the list. The fifth generation family owned grand dame off Bourbon offers diners a show with dinner, as waiters make cafe brulot in special copper cooking bowl and ladle, the smell of coffee, brandy and sparking citrus creating an irresistible after dinner treat.

713 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Hand Grenade at Tropical Isle

721 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Although throwing back one (or more) hand grenades will surely lead to questionable decision making, the distinctively shaped plastic cups are ubiquitous on Bourbon Street. Tropical Isle put the drink on the map during the ill fated 1984 World’s Fair — the hand grenade was the fair’s biggest success.

721 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

15. Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's

718 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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You can't argue with history. Even though you can get a hand-crafted, hand-muddled, boutique hurricane at classic bars including Lafitte’s, Pat O’s is where the magic was first made, and this is where the classic lives on in raging technicolor.

718 St Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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16. Pimm's Cup at Napoleon House

500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Nora McGunnigle/ENOLA

This cool, refreshing drink was made for the warm days and day drinking tendencies of New Orleans residents and visitors. The Napoleon House has served them for so long, that the drink is synonymous with the bar.

500 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. The Zombie at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

321 N. Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

It’s always a good time at Latitude 29, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s bar and eatery in the French Quarter. Berry has dedicated his life to recreating classic tiki recipes and concocting his own drinks that pay homage to the genre. The Zombie is the gold standard of tiki cocktails — go here to get a spot on version.

321 N. Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

18. Grasshopper at Tujague’s

429 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Part dessert, part libation, the grasshopper was concocted for a 1918 drinks competition in New York by the second owner of Tujague’s when it was in its original location. In the past year the historic restaurant moved four blocks towards Canal, but the green drink remains the same — equal parts crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and heavy cream.

429 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

19. Floridita Daiquiri at Manolito

508 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The New Orleans-Cuba connection is in sharp relief at Manolito, another French Quarter cocktail haven from the James Beard Award winning Chris Hannah. All of the blended drinks are superb, as is the fum-fueled Flordita daiquiri invented at El Floridita bar in Havana by Constante Ribalaigua.

508 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70116

20. Frozen Irish Coffee at Molly's at the Market

1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The frozen Irish coffee is a go-to hangover cure and cooling treat for wandering the Quarter on a steamy day. While the Erin Rose also serves a great version, the Monahans have put the drink on the map, serving it not only at Molly's at the Market but also Junction in the Bywater.

1107 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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