The holidays are stunningly beautiful in New Orleans, full of lights, events, and traditions like Reveillon dinners.

Our on-site restaurant Criollo offers a multi-course Reveillon Dinner bursting with elegant, authentic Creole flavors, so it’s hard to imagine making it any better than it already is. But leave it to Hotel Monteleone to take it a step further with a cocktail to match.

Each year, we offer special Reveillon on the Rocks holiday cocktails designed to complement the Reveillon menu at Criollo.

The Carousel Bar is all dressed up for the holidays.

The Carousel Bar is all dressed up for the holidays.

This year, there are two tasty cocktails to choose from: Hot Spiced Pear and Reveillon Punch. While we always suggest an in-real-life visit to The Carousel Bar, perhaps you’d like to bring a taste of New Orleans home with you. That’s why we’re sharing these holiday cocktail recipes below, along with one of our all-time favorite holiday drinks, the Joyous Noel!

Hot Spiced Pear Cocktail Recipe

An inspired take on a hot buttered rum, the Hot Spiced Pear still features that rich buttery flavor but paired with spiced pear liquor and ginger liquor rather than rum. This hot holiday cocktail will warm your body and spirits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ oz. St. George Spiced Pear Liquor
  • ¼ oz. Ginger Liquor
  • 1 Pat Spiced Butter
  • 5 oz. Hot Water

Recipe (makes one):

Place St. George’s Spiced Pear, Ginger Liquor in an Irish Coffee mug, add hot water and top with spiced butter. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Reveillon Punch Cocktail Recipe

This spirited cocktail relies on equal parts Cajun spiced rum, cognac and Creole shrub as its base, for a perfectly New Orleans inspired taste. Topped off with fresh lime juice and orange juice, the citrus flavors bring to mind holidays past, for a memorable and evocative cocktail. Cheers!

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz. Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum
  • ½ oz. Ferrand 1840 Cognac
  • ½ oz. Clement Creole Shrubb
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

Recipe (makes one):

Build in an ice filled 12 oz. rocks glass, roll to mix and garnish with a slice of fresh orange.

 The Joyous Noel is a delicious citrusy holiday cocktail.


The Joyous Noel is a delicious citrusy holiday cocktail.

Joyous Noel Cocktail Recipe

The association of oranges with holiday celebrations is ages old and while there are many possible explanations, there is one thing we know for sure – anything orange flavored tastes delicious this time of year! That’s why we love the Joyous Noel, which is strong on citrus flavor. Pair it with a candy cane for the perfect Christmas Eve concoction.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Absolut Mandarin
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 3 oz. Orange Juice

Recipe (makes one):

Mix the ingredients in a cold shaker. Shake well and pour over ice into a chilled glass. Garnish with a candy cane.

Make The Carousel Bar Your Home For The Holidays!

The Carousel Bar offers the perfect starting point for your holiday festivities, whether it’s sipping something before your holiday shopping excursion or relaxing with a nightcap after visiting Celebration in the Oaks in City Park.

Book your stay today and visit The Carousel Bar during your next New Orleans vacation!

Learn how to make this year's favorite holiday cocktails, including the Joyous Noel, with these easy and festive recipes from the Carousel Bar.