Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Treat Yo Self: NOLA Beverage Edition

Happy Tuesday! Today is actually my Monday, so it's back to the grind, but at least this is only a four day week. Despite my day off yesterday, life hasn't slowed down one bit. I'm quite ready for March to be over and for warmer weather to get here--we're supposed to get more snow tonight! That's right, you heard me, SNOW. One to three inches. Mother Nature, I am not okay with this, and just FYI, I'm not inviting you to my birthday party this year. You know why.

You probably thought we were all done with New Orleans posts. Well, you'd be wrong if you thought that--I've got a post today that is ALL about the adult beverages we sampled in New Orleans.

We all know the TREAT YO SELF Code:
Clothes. Fragrances. Maah-sahhhges. Muh-MOSas. Fine. Leather. Goods. TREAT YO SELF.
Therefore, I certainly treated myself to many mimosas while on vacation, but I didn't stop there--when you visit a city with an open container law, you've got to make the most of it. 

(From L to R)
1. I miss everything about the Palace Cafe (pulled pork eggs benedict, get back in my life), and the build-your-own mimosa bar was no exception. (P.S. anytime you're offered a sugared-rim glass, take it.)

2. We stayed one night at the Roosevelt, and OF COURSE we had to get a drink at the super classy Sazerac bar. There were plenty of classic cocktails to choose from, but I went with a gin fizz--it looked real fancy, and it was also to honor my Grandma, whose poison of choice was always gin.

3. There are hurricanes a' plenty in NOLA, but you've got to sample the original at Pat O'Brien's on Bourbon Street. I can't say it's the best, since I actually haven't tried every single one in the city (maybe on the next trip), but I can say it's worth your while. Not to mention, who can say no to a souvenir glass? (I can't, which is why I have about ten "free" glasses hanging out in my house with no place to go.)

4. If you're going to pick up some beignets, you might as well get a cafe au lait as well. Half chicory coffee, half steamed milk, all perfection.

5. What you're seeing here are glasses that previously contained oyster shooters, and they were actually delicious! Usually when Matt ropes me into taking an oyster shooter I shudder at the thought and do my best to actually try not to taste anything. This time, Luke's did it right--with delicious oysters and quality tequila, it made me actually NOT want to vomit.

6. An Irish coffee to go is always the perfect choice for a pick-me-up.

7. Planters Punch and a special mixed up by the bartender--both equally delightful and an unexpected treat at the WWII museum.

I realize this post might make me look like a lush, but we were very tame during Mardi Gras, compared to the rest of the city. I can't sling back liquor like I used to, so we always made sure to balance out every drink with a healthy dose of carbs.

Which of these would you like to try, and what's the best cocktail you've ever had?

All Love,

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