You probably already know the food in New Orleans is buzz worthy, but did you know some restaurants also make exceptional craft cocktails to pair with your meal? Saturday night during NBA All Star weekend, we dined on delicious food and drank like royals with cocktails fashioned by Sainte Marie Brasserie bar manager, Chris Arenas.
We started the night with a “Royale 75” apertif featuring Crown Royal Maple. Looking at the recipe, I never would have guessed the Royale 75 would be my favorite cocktail of the night. It went exceptionally well with the shrimp & grit fritters I ordered.
Royale 75 by Chris Arenas
“Royale 75” Recipe
.5oz Crown Maple
.5oz Red Wine Syurp
.25oz Velvet Falernum
Garnish with a lemon peel
A must order, when dining at the Sainte Marie Brasserie in New Orleans, the shrimp & grit fritters. The texture and flavor took my mouth to a happy place and my mind back to South Carolina!
The next cocktail to be placed in front of me was the Ontario Sazerac. During the previous evening’s whisky tasting, Crown Royal Master of Whisky Robert Sickler, recommended we try a Sazerac while in town. A traditional Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans.
Ontario Sazerac by Chris Arenas
“Ontario Sazerac” Recipe
1 oz Crown Deluxe
.25 oz Orange Curaco
.25 oz Cherry Herring
.25 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1/8th oz Luxardo Maraschino
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Lemon peel garnish
I sipped on my Sazerac as I ate the most tender steak I’ve had in a long time. The hangar steak was so tender my knife didn’t see much action, and the stack of parmesan fries were perfectly seasoned. Where’s the beef? Well, I might have inhaled my meal before snapping a photo.
Our next drink was the “Midnight in Manhattan”, and it wins the gold for the Manhattan category!
“Midnight in Manhattan” by Chris Arenas
1.5 oz Crown Black
.33 oz Hoodoo Chicory Liquor
.33 oz Cocchi Torino
Dash of Fee’s Whiskey Barrel Bitters.
Coffee bean garnish.
And then….they saved the best for last! I’m referring to both my dessert the chocolate boucanee cake and the final beverage, Crown XO neat. My first experience with Crown XO was on Friday night, and I was already impressed by its smoothness. Who knew it would taste even better with chocolate? The Crown XO‘s subtle vanilla flavor was the perfect partner for the rich chocolate cake.
By the way, not only were the food and drinks outstanding, but our service was on point the entire evening. I hope to return to New Orleans in the near future, and Sainte Marie Brasserie is on my list of places to eat! You can find Sainte Marie on Facebook to see the chef’s latest creations and what’s being crafted in the bar.
I was a guest of Crown Royal while visiting New Orleans and all expenses, including this dinner were paid for by Diageo.