Alligator Roast, Distillery Visiting Hours, and More this Weekend!

Visit us this Saturday and Sunday for our Bottle Sales Hours; all spirits will be available.

If you come on Sunday, you’ll also enjoy the Marche Creole market, which will include local vendors, live music, and a free alligator roast!

Alligator

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No Bottle Sales This Weekend, Happy Mardi Gras!

We’ll be closed this weekend for Mardi Gras. Visit us next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 4th & 5th, from 10-2 both days for our Bottle Sales Hours.

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Wormwood Seedlings Popping Up!

We recently planted a bunch of new wormwood seedlings at the distillery’s wormwood garden. After some time to get established in the raised beds, some of the seedlings are showing some nice growth.

Visit this weekend to see the wormwood garden for yourself. A fresh batch of Toulouse Green made with our local wormwood is also on hand!

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Atelier Vie on 1st Look – Absinthe segment

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Searching For The Green Fairy In New Orleans – 1st Look TV Learns “How To Absinthe” With Atelier Vie

This is a story nearly a year in the making. It all began with a call from producer James Parvin at NBC. A New Orleans segment was in the planning stages and given the long-standing connection between New Orleans and absinthe, a visit to Atelier Vie was the obvious choice to learn about and experience the many aspects of absinthe production and enjoyment. Join in as we go behind the scenes for the making of the segment.

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The day began with a trip to the Sprout Nola farm in Mid City. Producer James Parvin gets down and dirty with a crop of wormwood plants. These are destined for use in Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte.

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At the distillery, Jedd Haas talks absinthe with 1st Look host Ashley Roberts.

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Some people think distilling is exciting. Maybe it is. But a good distillation run should be about as exciting as watching paint dry. Waiting for the still to heat up. It won’t be long before the absinthe is coming over!

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Now it’s time to earball the coloring infusion for Toulouse Green. In every kind of activity, words are coined to capture the essence of what’s going on. Is it done by eye or do you play it by ear? Why not both!

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On to the bottling line, where the white glove treatment is needd to fill, cap, seal, and label the finished absinthe.

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After all that work, it’s time to learn the finer points of drinking absinthe. Ashley Roberts joins Jedd Haas at the tasting table. The glasses, chilled water, and a bottle of Toulouse Green are at hand for this important quality control step.

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After you make the absinthe, it’s time to enjoy it in a refined setting. We headed down to Broussard’s Empire Bar. Did Ashley Roberts find the Green Fairy in New Orleans?

Tune in to the 1st Look this Saturday night to find out!

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Bachelorette Party Flamingles at the Distillery!

We’ve had a few bachelor parties visit the distillery, and it’s generally a fine & rowdy time. This past weekend, we had our first bachelorette party visit, and they went above and beyond some of the previous efforts.

Traveling with their own Flamingo mascot, and matching “Let’s Flamingle” t-shirts, they traveled all the way from Canada (seriously!) to partake in the pleasures of New Orleans, before sending their favorite Emergency Room doctor (2nd from right) off to wedded bliss.

Lindsey, (2nd from left) the intrepid organizer of the expedition, shows off their mascot attempting to drink absinthe straight from the bottle, a practice we recommend against! Fortunately, they learned all about absinthe and the proper ways to drink it.

They left in good cheer, along with a number of bottles, including all of the Toulouse Green that we had in stock. (Fear not, we’re just wrapping up the bottling of a new batch.)

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Let’s Flamingle!

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Atelier Vie in Thrillist

Check out our latest press hit in Thrillist, “The distillery boom is exploding on the streets of New Orleans,” by Nora McGunnigle. Atelier Vie is featured with two photographs, including the lead shot.

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The Elf Special Cocktail

In Christmas mythology, Santa gets almost all the credit. But a lot of heavy lifting is done by the elves back in the workshop. In real life, there’s a lot of people who play that role of making or procuring the goods. Don’t these elves deserve something special?

A recent visit from a pair of elves (really!) inspired this cocktail. The smooth sipping flavor of Barrel-Finished Reserve is combined with an intriguing medley of ingredients to create a delicious Christmas cocktail in red and green. If you know someone who’s taking on that role of the elf, mix them an Elf Special. Or if it’s you, mix one for yourself, elf!

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Ingredients
1.5 oz Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve
0.5 oz Aperol*
0.25 oz Lucano Gran Anniversario Amaro*
1.5 oz ginger ale*
Mint leaves
Bar spoon of Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge

Method
Add several ice cubes to a cocktail tin. Pour the gin, Aperol, amaro, and ginger ale over the ice and stir with a bar spoon. Strain the cocktail into the glass. Add a couple mint leaves, and muddle them a bit in the cocktail glass to release the mint oils. Add a bar spoon of Toulouse Red on top and serve.

*Substitutions: In place of the Aperol, another orange liqueur may be used. In place of Lucano, another amaro can be used; or a smaller quantity of bitters. Ginger beer can be used in place of the ginger ale.

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New Wormwood Garden & Bottle Sales Hours

Visit this weekend and next weekend for the last two weekends of Bottle Sales Hours this year!

We’ll be closed the weekends of Christmas and New Year’s.

All spirits are available, including our limited-editon Orphan Street Brandy, which has been very well-received since its recent release.

You can also visit our new Wormwood Garden alongside the distillery. A future crop destined for Toulouse Green is growing now.

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What Are You Mixing With Euphrosine?

This weekend, Joseph Donaldson and friends visited to stock up on Euphrosine Gin #9, Orphan Street Brandy, and Toulouse Red. While in the tasting room, Joseph shared this photo of one of his more recent cocktail creations.

What’s it called? We’re not sure, but it definitely includes Euphrosine.

Tell us about your favorite cocktails with our spirits and you might find them featured here as well. Cheers!

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Photo courtesy of Joseph Donaldson

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