One of the most beloved whiskey brands on the planet descended upon Tipitina’s to spread their generosity and help others in need. Crown Royal turned the iconic yellow club purple for their Generosity Hour, benefitting military veterans as well as service industry professionals in the New Orleans area who are still struggling due to the ravages of the COVID pandemic and Hurricane Ida.
Former Saints stars Drew Brees and Deuce McAllister were on hand to help raise some funds for the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and Bastion Community of Resilience, and local legends Tank & The Bangas were here to get things going and get the drinks flowing. Crown Royal provided lovely nibbles like boudin balls and chicken drummettes (and chicken tenders for people like me) that people munched on in between one of the signature cocktails of the evening.
The four Crown cocktails were NOLA Deluxe, Fall in the Quarter, Deuce’s 22 Peach, and The Vanilla Brees. The two most enjoyed cocktails seemed to be the ones named for the most sought-after men at the event. Deuce’s 22 Peach was a more straightforward drink: a blend of Crown Royal Peach, hibiscus syrup, lemon juice, and Angostura Bitters. The Vanilla Brees was a more complex blend of Crown Royal Vanilla, spiced pear liqueur, lemon juice, Peychaud’s Bitters, and absinthe. The drink was topped with fluff from an egg white.