This tequila is not for the faint of heart.
Introducing Ghost Tequila, the new spirit from Boston mixologist Chris Moran. “Ghost” is a mix of 100% agave tequila from Jalisco, Mexico and the insanely spicy Indian Ghost Pepper.
Moran’s inspiration dates back to his days working at the popular Tequila Bar “Tico” in Boston’s Back Bay. There he became an expert in making spicy margaritas. “Ghost” was born from those experiments, and could just be the hottest drink on the market.
The ghost pepper is 400 times hotter than tabasco sauce and has a Scoville rating (pepper spicy-ness rating) of more than 1 million units. Only the Carolina Reaper is hotter, at 2.2 million units.
Right now, Ghost is available in several bars in Boston and New Orleans, and Moran plans to expand the brand’s reach quickly. For those looking for a cocktail with a big kick, try Ghost Tequila in a spicy marg or a Bloody Maria. (Gif)
It just so happens, that around mid-April each year, we start to get this feeling from deep within our souls. It’s a warmth–a bright yearning for social interaction and exposure to sunlight as we begin our ascent out of hibernation. It’s springtime.
So, thus begins our spring installment of City Sips. Over the next 9 weeks, we’ll be touring the good ole U S of A via beer gardens, outdoor bars, and rooftop bars. Essentially, we’ll be giving you a killer guide to outdoor R&R with a glass of sangria in hand. So, commence that drumroll, cause next up is……..
With round-the-clock nightlife, unreal cuisine reflecting its melting pot history, and a vibrant live music scene, New Orleans is a city unlike any other. Whether you’re a local or weekend visitor, you’ll find that the New Orleans drinking scene can please the masses with an extensive bar and club scene.
We’ve got our eye on a fairly new drinking destination, the Courtyard Brewery in the Lower Garden District. New Orleans first taproom not connected to a production brewery, family-owned Courtyard Brewery is definitely an experience you don’t want to miss. With 19 tap handles and new fermentation tanks on the way, Courtyard Brewery visitors can experience carefully crafted in-house brews as well as a selection of craft beer from around the world.
If that’s not enough, Courtyard Brewery also hosts food trucks each night at 5 p.m. that offer everything from tacos to Creole food. So, if you’re in the area grab some pals and head to Courtyard Brewery for a laid back afternoon where you can soak up yet another aspect of NOLA’s culture.
Traveling this summer? Forget overcrowded tourist destinations, here at Drinking In America we believe that there’s no better way to get a true taste of a city’s culture than by immersing ourselves in it’s bar scene. Don’t waste another second picking through (oft-hilarious) multi-paragraph Yelp reviews to find your drinking destination for the night. Over the next 10 weeks we’ll be revealing 10 must-visit bars in some of America’s most iconic cities here in Summer City Sips, so start packing!
A city known for its celebrations, New Orleans is the home of Mardi Gras, NOLA Jazz Fest, and beignets. We’re sure it’s no surprise to you that New Orleans is our first stop on this Summer journey, considering that the city is practically made for drinking and celebrations. With so much history and rich culture to soak in, we have to say it was tough to pick just one watering hole to recommend. However, if your stay in this unique city is a short one we definitely suggest hitting up Bacchanal Wine as your first (or only) stop.
With the beautiful weather down in NOLA it was impossible to over look the vintage styled lawn which features nightly live music from some of the best up-and-coming jazz musicians in the city, twinkle lights, mismatched patio furniture, and wine recommendations from some true connoisseurs! We are going against the grain here, considering that our Bacchanal isn’t actually a bar, but a wine store with the addition of a cocktail bar and walk up concession window. The magical ambiance of the outdoor set-up definitely brought Bacchanal Wine to the forefront when it came to choosing a winner. As a bonus, Bacchanal features live music and wine tastings on Saturday afternoons along with some delicious cheese platters and small plates that make for a great light lunch, so stop by early for an equally enchanting experience if you still want to fit in some traditional bar hopping on Bourbon Street in the evening.
An “opportunity” came across the wire here at DIA and we can’t help but share — and even encourage. It’s a Thursday night co-ed burlesque workshop that includes a performance, bourbon/mint julep/manhattans, and instruction from the pros. The place is 918 F Street in Washington DC.
First thing you need to know: this class is sold out.
Next thing you need to know: there are others just like it in cities around the country.
Before you sign up, try your hand at a stage name — all the burlesque performers have one. There’s Fonda Lingue, Bombshell Betty, Vivienne Vavoom, and, of course, the Sin Sisters.
For the shy at heart, this is either very good therapy or your worst nightmare. If you’re an adventure seeker, this might be knock a line item off your bucket list.
You could call it exercise, but that’s like saying you’re pouring a scotch because you’re thirsty.
As the ad says, “Loosen up your inhibitions, your clothes, and your girls’-night-out routine.” And it you’re bold enough to report back afterwards to DIA, don’t let us hold you back.
Tales of the Cocktail is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture.
Held annually in New Orleans, this international event has “a spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions and tasting rooms where brands showcase their latest products.”
This year, Tales of the Cocktail marks a historic milestone — its 10th Anniversary.
While all individual tickets are sold out at the time of this writing, there’s hope. This was found among the FAQs on the website:
“Tales of the Cocktail welcomes you to come to registration from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday in Royal Ballrooms A & B in the Hotel Monteleone to see if any tickets are available for sale.”
It also says, “Once the event is a sold out, Tales of the Cocktail will sell tasting room bands for the 5 days of the event for $45 plus fees and taxes.”
If you’re going to be anywhere new New Orleans this week, this one’s a must.
There’s a new cocktail in town—New Orleans, that is. This one features Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Rum.
The Bourbon ‘O’ Bar has concocted a new mix that is served in a special souvenir flagon, boasts a full 20 ounces and sells for only $9.00 (including the lavender colored signature container), according to a press release. Bourbon Orleans Hotel and Bourbon ‘O’ Bar have joined together to introduce the new cocktail drink, which was launched on Bourbon Street on May 13, 2011.
The ‘Voodoo Mojo’ was offered free to guests wanting a taste of New Orleans’ newest cocktail, the company said.
Free drinks. New Orleans. Mojo indeed.