Cure is one of those cocktail bars that strives to push the art of mixing a drink to unconventional levels. It is consistently on the list of best bars not only in New Orleans, but also in North America. The interior is beautifully designed, and their patio is lush with gorgeous plants, soft lighting and nice big tables for groups.
If you’ve been to New Orleans, you’ll know that the Sazerac is a pretty big deal here. With each bar that I stepped into, I would always have a Sazerac in hand. My eyes peeled through a cocktail menu that was chalk full of creative twists on classic drinks from ‘The Last Word’, to the Mai Tai, but I knew I was going to begin my night with this New Orleans classic. I settled on Cure’s over-proof version, with Thomas H. Handy Overproof Rye Whiskey, Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe, Demerara Sugar, and a Lemon Peel, and I do declare, it was the smoothest over-proof drink I’ve ever had. Just a little forewarning, if you’re going to try this Reserve Sazerac, you need to be seasoned when it comes to strong libations.
Each of the bartenders has a hand in making cocktails for the list, and it appears to be a bar that fosters creativity to the fullest. Drinks such as the Elle Rio, The Dark Passenger, and Body Puzzle were favourites amongst each member of my crew for the evening.
Every good cocktail needs a great snack to accompany it, and the menu selection at cure is reminiscent of farm fresh ingredients sprinkled with tiny southern touches to set each dish apart from their contemporaries. We had a long night of eating and drinking ahead of us, so we settled on steak-tartare with egg shallots, mashed capers, fresh herbs, and some of the most delicious house-made potato chips you will ever try.
Cure, delivers on its international reputation, and if you’re looking for a truly memorable night out in this great town, make sure to include Cure in your plans.