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Dec 20, 201708:05 AM
Drink Up, NOLA

Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy

Very Merry Cocktails

The best drinks for Christmas


Most of us will be heading out this holiday season to have some fun, so lets raise a glass to the awesome bartenders who are creating holiday inspired drinks.

This year a lot of holiday beverages are spotlighting mocha, mint, eggnog, berries and candy garnish. Grab your glass and let’s navigate the cocktail scene.

Here are just a few to note:  

NOPSI Hotel’s Public Service (311 Baronne St.) is bringing the festive fun. Their Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer cocktail is served with St Germain Liqueur, cranberry simple syrup, topped with champagne and garnished with cranberries. The Mistletoe cocktail uses Woodford Reserve bourbon, cranberry simple syrup, orange bitters and is garnished with seasonal berries made to look like an actual mistletoe. Bartender Phillip Chilton says the Public Service team is always looking for ways to use the holidays to conjure up a holiday favorite.

Johnny Sanchez (930 Poydras St.) is asking if you are ready for Feliz Navidad? Bartender Sara Rouden created this seasonal cocktail using hibiscus-clove infused tequila, satsuma, pomegranate and a black salt rim. The garnish is made from pomegranate seeds that look like holiday holly berries. This drink is so fun and unique.

If you’re in the quarter, a stop at RF’s (301 Rue Dauphine) will quench your thirst for Kris Kringle cocktails. Bartenders here are offering a cranberry apple cider Old Fashioned and a pomegranate Cosmo. Bar manager Joshua Daly says next week they are rolling out their deconstructed pumpkin tequila Sazerac.

Another great spirited location is SoBou (310 Rue Chartres), where bar chef Laura Bellucci is featuring a rum-based smoked cranberry daiquiri. She actually infuses the cranberries with smoke for four hours. Then she cooks the berries into a syrup with sugar, lemon and orange peels, cranberry juice and fresh orange juice. This cocktail is out of this world.

Finally, we cannot leave out the Pelican Club (310 Exchange Place), which is serving its bourbon eggnog.

Obviously, these are just a few of the infinite amount of bars around town. With so many amazing places to choose from, we are confident you can’t go wrong finding the perfect place to sip it up this season.



Do you have a favorite holiday cocktail? Let us know, we’d love to write about it.



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Changing the way you cocktail in the Big Easy


Daniel Victory is creator and owner of Victory and New Orleans Drink Lab. He has been lauded as a pioneer of the New Orleans "craft cocktail" emergence and is considered one of the most engaging ambassadors of the Crescent City. 

His dedication to preserving the artistry and sophistication of classic cocktail creation, as well as the ambiance and high standard of service set forth by many generations old bartenders, sets Daniel Victory apart from the rest. 

Daniel Victory said, “If bartending was a science then every martini would be the exactly the same (at least everyone using the same brand). Exact measurements of all the ingredients would yield exactly the same drink. It’s simple scientific method — a system of repeatable experiments that yield the same results. However, anyone who has ever had martinis will tell you, they are not all the same.”

To Victory, bartending is an art form.

By 2009 Victory garnered international acclaim after being recognized as one of the top 5 bartenders in GQ Magazine/Bombay Sapphires “Most Inspired Bartender” contest. After appearing in the December 2009 issue of GQ, Daniel traveled the world as a National Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire. After a year of never being in the same place more than 3 nights and a whirlwind of knowledge he decided it was time to return home, plant his roots and explore cocktail consulting.

In an effort to preserve everything he learned, Daniel became one of the founders and lead educators of the Crescent City School of Bartending and influential in establishing The Flo Woodward Memorial Scholarship.

Daniel is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and the Goldman Sachs & Bloomberg LP Business Coaching program.

The next step in leaving his imprint on his hometown is Victory. Nestled in between the Central Business District and New Orleans’ famed Canal Street, stands the physical combination of his aesthetic, travels, smarts & history. Victory has high standards and is often found molding the next generation of bartenders.

In 2015 Victory expanded his vision and yet again put his skills to work. The Old New Orleans Drink Lab is born. A groovy, old world feel where cocktail history and education are his top priority. Here you'll learn to make Crescent City classic cocktails and get the history along with it.

With Victory constantly mixing things up, there’s no sign of slowing down.





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