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4 Cocktails to Try During Essence Fest 2016

Summer is here and so is Essence Fest 2016! There’s so much to see and do in this one weekend before the 4th of July. Here at Manning’s Sports Bar, we came up with 4 drinks to help get you through the weekend. Whether your taking a break from the fest or trying to find a cool spot to escape the heat, come visit us on Fulton Street and try one of our specialty cocktails: 1 – Hennessy Halftime Punch...

Craft Cocktail #8 | Hennessy Berry Punch

I’m the type of girl who loves a good cognac on the rocks, no mixer. Just the smell and taste of some E&J, Remy Martin, or Hennessy is enough to satisfy my liquid desires. However, summer in New Orleans is brutal, and I often crave fruity, yet refreshing drinks that will serve its original purpose and cool me down as well. Most of these dual-purpose drinks don’t include cognac, but if they do, the taste isn’t one to desire. So, I decided...

Craft Cocktail #7 | The Mandarin Mule

The Moscow Mule is a very popular fall drink here in New Orleans; it’s got the right amount of sweet and sour balance that makes any drink great. Ginger-lovers will love this drink. It’s a great recommendation for vodka drinkers who want to try something new. This variation of the Moscow Mule, called the Mandarin Mule, is a nice alternative for those who aren’t necessarily the biggest fans of the former version, but are intrigued by the idea. The ginger and orange combo...

Drink of the Day | the Rum Runner

   A delightfully sweet cocktail, this drink is perfect for a hot and humid or even a rainy day. This rum concoction hosts a variety of flavors, all sweet and savory. Although it is similar to a hurricane, and not as popular here in New Orleans, this recipe predates it and has a more tropical taste. The recipe includes:  1 oz. light rum 1 oz. dark rum 1 oz. blackberry liquer 1 oz. banana liquer 1 oz. pineapple juice 1...

Craft Cocktail #4 | How to make a New Orleans-style Hurricane

Now you dont have to come all the way to New Orleans to try a hurricane… This recipe is not only easy but delicious! The hurricane is a succulently sweet drink that will get you right real quick. It’s combination of a rum trio and fruit juice is a recipe for a beautiful disaster, hence it’s name, and people love it! It's great for parties any time of the year.

Craft Cocktail #2 | the Mardi Gras King Cake shot

Carnival season is finally upon us! This is my favorite time of the year. The beads, the parades, the balls.. I love it all. And there’s no better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than with a drink based on the most iconic New Orleans carnival dessert, the King Cake! If you can’t get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, this is a great way to celebrate at home with family and friends.

A Lesson in Craft Cocktails – Dante’s Parasol

New Orleans is a great place to experiment with trying new, invigorating and inventive cocktails. My friend and coworker, Dante Saelios, is always infusing spirits with different herbs and coming up with different cocktail recipes that create these delightful “party in your mouth” sensations, however, in this article, we will be discussing only one of his herbal libations, the parasol. The parasol is an updated take on an old-fashioned. The parasol is a light alternative for those who don’t appreciate...