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GoNOLA Tops: Five Winter-Inspired Cocktails

The Mrs. Claus' Cookie cocktail at the Sazerac Bar (Photo: Justen Williams)

The holidays are such a fun time to be in New Orleans. There’s football, the lights at Celebration in the Oaks, Audubon Zoo, and LUNA Fête, delicious multi-course Réveillon dinners, bonfires on the levee, and countless reasons to raise a glass and celebrate. Cocktails are certainly a big part of any celebration down here, which is why we’ve put together a list of winter-inspired cocktails for you to try this holiday season. Cheers!

The Mrs. Claus’ Cookie martini at the Sazerac Bar (Photo: Justen Williams)

Sazerac Bar

130 Roosevelt Way

No holiday season is complete without a visit to this famous bar inside the Roosevelt Hotel. The lobby lights and Christmas trees might lure you in, but it’s the artfully-crafted cocktails at the Sazerac Bar that will really lift your spirits. I adore the mainstay Ramos Gin Fizz during this time of year but the Mrs. Claus’ Cookie martini – with vodka, brown sugar syrup, cream, and sprinkles – is definitely the most festive. And if you plan on heading out into the cold, I suggest a warm Jackson Square Mulled Wine to-go!

Cure

4905 Freret St.

This gorgeous bar on Freret Street changes their menu all the time to reflect the season. And while there are a few cold-weather-inspired cocktails on the menu, it’s the Winter Halo (both the name and the drink itself) that stands out to me. A blend of Venezuelan and Jamaican rums, genever (similar to gin), and amaro is mixed with a crème brûlée tea syrup, creating a strong and subtly sweet cocktail that’s similar to a Sazerac.

Brennan’s

417 Royal St.

There’s always a reason to take a stroll down Royal Street, so why not stop into Brennan’s for a drink while you’re there? Colorful cocktails include the Whoville Collins with vodka, cranberry compote, and rosemary tincture or the Blue Christmas with sparkling wine, Herbsaint, and blueberry syrup. But it’s the winter white Caribbean Milk Punch that continues to be a fan favorite with rum and bourbon, vanilla-bean-infused simple syrup, and heavy cream, shaken with ice, then poured into a coupe and dusted with nutmeg.

Holiday cocktails at Longway Tavern include the Chimney Sweep, Feeling Good Lewis, and 364 Days. (Photo: Justen Williams)

Longway Tavern

719 Toulouse St.

Even though it’s on the menu year round, the White Russian at Longway Tavern is definitely holiday-friendly. Wheatley vodka, Kahlua, and cream are mixed together to create this famous cocktail that feels a bit more special than any other version you may have had.

Jack Rose

2031 St. Charles Ave.

This colorful and fun restaurant inside the Pontchartrain Hotel is ready to help you celebrate the holiday season with their Yamz A Make Her Dance marshmallow cocktail with cognac, lemon juice, honey syrup, amaro, nonino (grappa), sweet potato purée, and topped off with champagne. We love the name as much as we love the concept.

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found checking out the newest restaurant or bar, taking long walks along Magazine Street, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Voted one of the Best New Orleans-based Instagrammers by Thrillist, Where Y'at Magazine, and Paste Magazine. Please follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola and ask for food advice!

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