A WEEKEND OF COCKTAILS, HUSHPUPPIES, AND BLUE HAWAIIANS
As part of the weekend festivities, local KREWE followers were able to purchase limited-edition Weekend With KREWE pins, which granted access to VIP events and advanced sample sale entry. The exclusive alligator, tuba, and cactus boobie plant pins also offered perks thanks to our partnerships with numerous retailers, bars, and restaurants across the city. Our friends at Defend New Orleans
offered special discounts on purchases at their brick and mortar locations. Complimentary appetizers—such as Cavan
’s Hushpuppies and Sylvain
’s Chicken Liver Crostini—were served at some of KREWE’s favorite restaurants. For pin-wearers looking for a tipsier treat, drink specials concocted by bartenders and mixologists at local favorites such as Barrel Proof Bar
, and Meauxbar
flowed freely throughout the three-day festival. Our friends at Cane & Table
kept menu favorites like their Blue Hawaii, Ti Punch, and Mexican Firing Squad at the ready throughout the entire weekend. We caught up with Cane & Table’s Alexandra Anderson to talk classic New Orleans cocktails and the culture of Krewes below.
HOW DID YOUR TEAM DECIDE ON SERVING THESE COCKTAILS AS PART OF A WEEKEND WITH KREWE?
We chose those cocktails because they show a good representation of classic drinks and tiki. Hopefully we can give KREWE something fun with a nice amount of diversity!
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NEW ORLEANS FLAVORS OR INGREDIENTS IN THESE DRINKS?
Our Bourbon Manhattan definitely has some New Orleans influence. Instead using Angostura and orange bitters, we decided to use Herbsaint, which is one of the main ingredients in the Sazerac and has a long cocktail history in New Orleans.
WHAT SETS NEW ORLEANS COCKTAILS APART FROM OTHERS?
New Orleans has a huge list of cocktails in association with the city. Seeing how these cocktails have developed over the years is certainly interesting. Some cocktails have stayed the same— like the Sazerac— and others are drastically different today— like the Hurricane. There's also a celebration aspect to New Orleans drinks... Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without a milk punch or frappe!
KREWES ARE TYPICALLY KNOWN AS MARDI GRAS GROUPS THAT COME TOGETHER FOR THE FESTIVITIES. WHAT DOES "KREWE" MEAN TO YOU?
The concept of Krewes in NOLA hold a special place. They represent celebration and people of common interests coming together to have a good time. They also show the change of culture in New Orleans and how this city is becoming a more accepting and open society. I'm still working to catch a coconut on Mardi Gras day, but I'll get there!