New Orleans Original Cocktail Tour
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
- Big Easy imbibing: Visit legendary taverns and cellars as your guide shares stories behind cocktails that are famously New Orleans. Take home recipes too!
- Complimentary Natchez Punch: Along the way, buy the Sazerac, Pimm's Cup, Hurricane, Hand Grenade, Grasshopper, Southern Comfort, Gin Fizz, and more.
- Exclusive access: Get an insider's, behind-the-scenes look at the oldest restaurant in the city and visit its renowned wine cellar and private dining rooms.
- History the NOLA way: Discover one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, infused with a fascinating blend of cultures, heritage, and architecture.
About This New Orleans Tour
Manhattan has the Manhattan, Long Island has its Iced Tea, and Singapore has its Sling. But you can't pin one on The Big Easy. This is the birthplace of many cocktails and the wellspring of American drinking culture. Get into the spirits as you stroll historic streets, and visit storied spots. We'll start you off with Natchez Punch on the house, and then you can choose heady beverages to purchase along the way. Cheers!
You'll be shaken (not stirred) by classic stories and recipes behind this city's legendary libations. Hear how the American cocktail was invented and why Henry Ramos had to employ an army of bartenders just to shake his popular drink, the Gin Fizz. Learn the origins of Southern Comfort, a liqueur invented here in 1874. And you must sip on the Sazerac – by law, this lusty drink is the official potion of Nawlins. L'chaim!
Not only will you become a cocktail insider, you'll learn about New Orleans as you drink in examples of French-, Spanish-, and Creole-inspired architecture, imbibe its special blend of cultures, and get a rare taste of the city's oldest restaurant, its exclusive dining rooms, and historic wine cellar. Okole-maluna!
This spirited journey confirms that liquid concoctions – like jazz and joie de vivre – are integral to the intoxicating mix that is Big Easy culture. So raise your glass, look your neighbor in the eye, and wind up your tour of the nation's cocktail capital with a local Cajun toast: "May there always be crawfish in your nets, and gumbo in the pot!"
The tale of the cocktail
In the 1830s, Antoine Amedie Peychaud sold homemade bitters from his apothecary shop in the French Quarter. Soon he discovered his aromatic recipe paired well with liquor and sugar, and the first cocktail – the celebrated Sazerac – was mixed. To measure the ingredients for his drink, Peychaud used a double-ended eggcup called a coquetier (pronounced "ko-k-tay"), and that's how the cocktail got its name.
Please make your way to Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, on Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before tour departure. Please allow for extra time due to heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the French Quarter. Closed New Years Day, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
A moderate amount of walking is required. Expect uneven surfaces on the sidewalks and streets. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Walking Tour, Cultural
Beverage - Alcoholic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 21 years of age and older.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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