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New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Meet your guide upstairs at Tiki Tolteca, a hidden tiki-themed oasis, to start your tour. Your local guide presents a fun and fascinating introduction to New Orleans’ and the world's cocktail culture as you sip your first drink. The tour begins with a refreshing, rum-laced Mai Tai inspired by the English sailors working in the 1600's Indian spice trade. 
Next, turn the corner to visit SoBou, where you sample the official cocktail of New Orleans: the Sazerac, a drink that comes from a 19th-century recipe. Additionally you will be served another pre-Civil War libation known as the Brandy Crusta: a potent concoction of brandy, orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice and bitters.
En route to your third destination, pass through historic Jackson Square to discuss the sophistication of early 20th century bartending. Then step into Tujague’s, whose bar is led by the 2016 New Orleans Magazine Mixologist of the Year, Paul Gustings. Serving food and drink since 1856, Tujague’s invented your next drink: the Grasshopper Cocktail from 1919. Sip one of the sweet, velvety Grasshoppers, or possibly try the French 75
 cocktail, another pre-Prohibition drink featuring brandy, champagne, lemon juice and homemade simple syrup.
After soaking up the antique charm of Tujague's, pass by an absinthe bar where your guide explains the story of this legendary liquor. Then continue to your final destination of the tour: the luxurious Bourbon "O" Jazz Bar, located inside the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Your beverage here is the little-known Roffignac highball cocktail. Made from a 19th-century recipe, the Bourbon "O" Bar makes their refreshing Roffignac with raspberry liqueur and brandy.
Expect to walk about one mile during your 3-hour tour in a friendly social atmosphere inspired by your entertaining guide. Four cocktails are included, one at each stop. Your tour ends at the Bourbon "O" Bar, which features nightly live jazz at 8pm as well as a limited food menu. Or you can move on to explore the lively nightlife of nearby Frenchmen Street on your own (or with your new friends!).


  • 4 cocktails
  • 4 venues
  • Local Guide
  • Food (food is available for purchase at some stops)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All cocktails are vegan-friendly
  • Walk is approximately 1-mile
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

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Tiki Tolteca
Departure Time:
5:00 PM
Return Details:
730 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
  • New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter
  • New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter
  • New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter


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