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#11 Carousel Bar & Lounge (New Orleans, Louisiana)

It’s said that the cocktail originated in New Orleans with the invention of the Sazerac. Whether or not it's true, the Big Easy sure knows to mix them, and the Carousel Bar & Lounge is no exception. The birthplace of the Goody and Vieux Carré cocktails, it’s located within the Hotel Monteleone in the city’s French Quarter and has been a local favorite since 1949, still going strong. There’s an Old World France feel to the place, which has a revolving bar that looks like a carousel without the animals. Decorated with glass chandeliers, antique mirrors, hand-painted chairs, and French limestone floors, the interior of the New Orleans bar complements its lavish menu.


In addition to the Louisiana bar’s famed Vieux Carré (Bulleit rye whiskey, Pierre Ferrand 1840, sweet vermouth, and Bénédictine with bitters), the bar is also known for its Sazerac (made with Sazerac rye and Herbsaint absinthe, bitters, and simple syrup) and Fleur des Lis (made with Hendrick’s gin and St-Germain mixed with lemon juice, cucumber, ginger ale, and soda). (Sher Y./Yelp)


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