- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- Brian Kientz mixes a cocktail at SoBou.
Cocktail menus have popped up at bars and restaurants across New Orleans, but one of the features of the "craft cocktail" movement is use of house-made tinctures, syrups and other ingredients in original cocktails and revived classics. Here are some bars with outstanding cocktail menus.
The menu of cocktails and premium spirits seems larger than the horseshoe-shaped bar at this unassuming but spirited lounge on the edge of the French Quarter. Large chalkboards also present detailed offerings of daily drink specials. Or check the menu for its list of classic cocktails, such as a Moscow mule mixed with house-made ginger beer, or slings, punches and a handful of non-alcoholic Prohibition drinks. 820 N. Rampart St., (504) 324-6045; www.bartonique.com, @bartonique
The Bombay Club
Long before the term "craft cocktail" came into fashion, the Bombay Club was a bastion of martini-making, with a long list of variations. It's also a refined refuge not far off Bourbon Street for those who prefer Manhattans and other classic cocktails. The menu now includes appletinis and new fangled drinks, but the lounge maintains its signature English manor decor and air of elegance. 830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com, @BombayClub
This stylish and airy Uptown lounge helped usher in the local craft cocktail craze, and it uses its own tinctures and syrups in drinks and shrubs, drinks that use acidulated mixers, such as the Passiflora No. 2, a Champagne cocktail combining house-made ginger and passion fruit syrups and cilantro. The cocktail menu lists drinks' creators, and Rhiannon Enlil's Lady Killer combines house-made blueberry syrup, lemon and vermouth. 4905 Freret St., (504) 302-2357; www.curenola.com, @curenola
Named for a cocktail combining Champagne and spirit, the 75 has a life of its own, nestled discreetly within Arnaud's array of dining rooms (with its own entrance). Mixologist Chris Hannah presides over the elegant lounge and its menu of classic and original cocktails. Arnaud's Restaurant, 813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com, @theFrench75
Abigail Gullo tends the cocktail list at this urbane drinking and dining spot. The bar uses house-made grenadine, fresh-squeezed juices and syrups. The signature Georgia O'Keefe cocktail combines Cathead honeysuckle vodka, elderflower, house-made hibiscus syrup, citrus, a splash of cava and a sage leaf. Daily happy hours (3 p.m.-6 p.m.) feature a special food menu including alligator corn dogs and pulled pork tacos. 310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095; www.soboubola.com, @SoBouNola
Twelve Mile Limit
This very casual corner bar has a long list of (recycling friendly) canned beer, a kitchen nook serving barbecue and a small back patio. The cocktail menu is a bit more sophisticated, with drinks such as the Great Idea, made with vodka, Danish amaro, bitters, lemon and locally made Huhu's Ginger Brew. Bartenders make Twelve Miles' syrups, such as the mint-honey syrup mixed with gin and lime in the Yellow Jacket No. 2. 500 S. Telemachus St., (504) 488-8114; www.facebook.com/twelve.mile.limit, @twelvemilelimit
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