by Steven Lindsey photos by Rod Orta
The secret to staying sober longer, the Hydration Station, of course! Ounce for ounce, if you drink water to match your alcohol intake, you’re much less likely to end up face down in a gutter on Bourbon Street. (Although you may be caught in a corner peeing on a fire hydrant from all the liquids in your body.)
The official PANTS of the Cocktail.
Performance artists at the 250 Years of Bombay event at the House of Blues. This is the second powder-wig performance by a gin company we’ve seen this week. Somebody in New Orleans is making a killing on powdered wig sales.
At the 10 Cane Rum Tasting Room, we had our first-ever Cuba Libre with just a “splash” of Coca-Cola. We think that was the beginning of the end for us that day. But we soon bounced back.
A group of ladies enjoying their cocktails in one of the Friday afternoon tasting rooms.
Ricard Anise Liqueur, a French company, turned an entire block of Royal Street into a Pétanque court (similar to Bocce ball). Gotta love a sport where you can play while holding your cocktail.
We admit it. Writing about food and cocktails comes with its own unique set of perks. Like admission to the swag room filled with samples of hundreds of brands. Our bags weighed about 50 pounds each by the time we left.
Ed: We wish to thank Steven Lindsey and his photo-journalist companion Rod Orta as they took one for the team with this incredibly rough assignment in New Orleans, battling the extreme heat and humidity. Their dedication to the craft of great cocktails is evident by the hundreds of parties they waded through to bring you this story today. We look forward to their final wrap up.