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There's nothing like a bottle of Dr. Nut — or just the memory of our long-departed Crescent City soft drink — to cool you down on a sweltering summer day. The almond-flavored beverage was a favorite of New Orleanians from the 1930s through the '70s. It was bottled and distributed by the World Bottling Company at Chartres Street and Elysian Fields Avenue in the Faubourg Marigny. In his 2013 book Making New Orleans, Phillip Collier features some of the advertising slogans employed by the company over the years, including "The Sure Cure for Thirst," "It's a Food — Not a Fad" and quite simply, "It's Delicious." That last one was printed at the bottom of the glass bottles most of us remember, which also featured a drawing of a bushy-tailed squirrel eating — of course — a nut. The soft drink was immortalized in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces as the favorite drink of Ignatius J. Reilly. Collier says Dr. Nut tasted similar to amaretto liqueur and can be replicated (as an adult beverage) by mixing 2 ounces of Dr. Pepper with 4 ounces of amaretto.


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