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 three tasty cocktails to choose from: Twelfth Night, Christmas Renaissance, and Joyeux Noel. 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. Cheers!

Twelfth Night Cocktail Recipe

This refreshing cognac and lime cocktail is a festive choice.


  • 1/2 oz. Pierre Ferand 1840 cognac
  • 1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/8 oz. agave syrup
  • 4 oz. sparkling wine

Recipe (makes one):

Place all ingredients except sparkling wine in an ice-filled Boston Shaker and shake to chill, strain into champagne flute, and top with sparkling wine.

Christmas Renaissance Cocktail Recipe

This spirited cocktail features heady, intense flavors like Luxardo cherry and orange bitters.


  • 1 1/4 oz. Old Simon Genever
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz. Domaine de Canton
  • 1/4 oz. Luxardo Morllaca cherry
  • 3-4 drops orange bitters

Recipe (makes one):

Place all ingredients in an ice filled Boston Shaker and shake until well chilled, strain into a chilled martini glass,  garnish with a orange twist skewered with a Luxardo cherry.

Joyeux Noel Cocktail Recipe

A simple whiskey concoction will warm your heart this season.


  • 1 1/2 oz. Bastille Whiskey
  • 1/4 oz. Luxardo Maraschino
  • 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. agave syrup

Recipe (makes one):

Mix the ingredients in a Boston shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a skewered Luxardo cherry.

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.