7 Baton Rouge Cocktails Worth a Gander and a Gulp Wednesday, Feb 27 2013 

7 Baton Rouge Cocktails Worth a Gander and a Gulp
Sometimes Baton Rouge gets a bad rap when it comes to cocktail scene. After all New Orleans lies an hour away on I-10 and is the birthplace of iconic concoctions like the Hurricane, Ramos Gin Fizz, and Vieux Carre. The Crescent City even has an official cocktail—The Sazerac. While the Legislature has never voted to bestow Baton Rouge with an official libation, Red Stick has many delicious options that epitomize the drinking culture of South Louisiana.
Here are 7 standouts in the Baton Rouge bar scene:
1. Juban’s combines bourbon with raw honeycomb and allows it to marry for more than two weeks before patrons are allowed to order their traditional Honey Bourbon cocktail.
2.Don’s elevates the classic Old Fashioned by serving it in one of their signature tumblers and garnishing it with a rock candy stir stick. This is the way they have always done it and why it is just so right.  
3. The Old World Fashioned at Galatiore’s is new twist on an old classic that combines bourbon, merlot, Angostura and orange bitters to form a sultry spicy drink best enjoyed at the bar while rubbing knees with a secret paramour.
4. A classic Sazerac at Radio Bar sits in the middle of a menu filled with innovative twists on original cocktails. Dave Remmetter and Brian Baiamonte knew better than to mess with perfection.
5. The Purple Hat at Olive or Twist actually surpasses the Carousel Bar’s Eudora Welty inspired creation.  This graceful feminine vodka martini is far too sophisticated to be considered just another girlie drink.
6. The owner of the Patio will never give away his secret rich spicy Bloody Mary recipe; thank goodness they can be procured by the gallon. 
7. The bartenders at Acme combine hot sauce, horseradish, and vodka then crown it with a raw oyster. Open up; their Oyster Shooters smoothly go all the way down the hatch.
Bottoms up,
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Olive or Twist Friday, Dec 14 2012 


Olive or Twist
7248 Perkins Road

DBG knew she would like Olive or Twist the moment she walked in and saw a chocolate doberge cake sitting on the bar under a glass dome.

The proprietors, Joshua Duke and Scott Gremillion, have created a cozy yet upscale environment that is extremely conducive for sipping on a well-made cocktail while whispering about the week’s gossip.  The wooden bar looks like a library, with bartenders using a rolling ladder to fetch the bottles stacked up to the ceiling . And they need a lot of different liquors, because their drink menu is a mammoth beast that runs for dozens of pages. Everything is made from scratch and when possible fruit juices are squeezed to order.  These gentlemen are hardcore.  They even make their own limoncello.

Olive or Twist only uses top shelf liquor, but they have used some type of voodoo magic and managed to keep the prices incredibly reasonable.  DBG enjoyed a Purple Hat that surpassed the Carousel Bar’s creation. The Hubs had a well put together Sazerac. Small plates are also available.  The mini-muffalettas really hit the spot.

The bar is conveniently located near Essen Lane and is right next to Martin Wine Cellar. This is a bar for grown-ups, so no Jagermeister machine.  But there’s a very nice happy hour and rotating specialty drinks.  Check out their website for details.Image