Master bartender and Victory Nola founder, Daniel Victory launched New Orleans Drink Lab next door to his Downtown bar in October 2015. He aimed to help continue the city’s exploration of craft cocktail culture, which Victory himself helped pioneer. He and his team of master bartenders offer two, two-hour mixology classes, which also include a small lunch to help absorb the effects of frequent cocktail-sipping.
Give a man a Sazerac and he’ll drink well in NOLA for an evening. Teach a man to make a Sazerac and he’ll drink well for a lifetime. Therein lies the appeal of Drink Lab NOLA. Created by the folks behind Victory, one of the CBD’s best loved cocktail bars, Drink Lab NOLA offers cocktail classes taught by award-winning master bartenders.
Want to learn to make classic cocktails? The New Orleans Drink Lab is your hot spot for doing it. Learn the history, tradition behind the cocktails and then get behind the bar and make them yourself. The fun begins when you arrive. Join the cocktail movement.
Victory in Central Business District is the perfect bar to get serious about your cocktails while also having a whole bunch of fun drinking them. Every night, there is a featured cocktail, and the bartenders are kind enough to offer you a sample to try it before ordering.
“With the steady expansion of the Downtown/CBD, top-of-his-game bartender/owner Daniel Victory opened his ode to craft cocktails, Victory. Besides his namesake, Daniel brought along his genre bending use of ingredients coupled with centuries old tried and true recipes.”
“A visit to Victory opens with perhaps the city’s only amuse bouche cocktail, which on a recent visit combined bourbon, blackberry, citrus and egg white shaken into a frothy concoction that maintains perfect balance between bitter and sweet. Classic cocktails are on offer, including the original daiquiris, showcasing the power of simplicity.”
“We want the old classic cocktails on the menu, especially the Sazerac and Ramos Gin Fizz; we also want people to know about mixology and ‘edible cocktails’ such as Mojitos. I’ll do a lime and simple syrup rum gelatin with a mint syrup on top to be cut with a fork and knife. We want to push the envelope of what we can do with our palate, says Victory.”
“First thing to mention is the importance of using fresh ingredients. It simply makes a far superior cocktail. Next, you want to find a bartender who enjoys their craft of creating a well-made and balanced drink. And perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is to put yourself in a place where the atmosphere makes the imbibing experience that much more pleasurable.”