Here at Explore Historic New Orleans we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality tours to visitors and locals alike, in New Orleans. Ghost Tours have never been our thing. As a matter of fact, we don’t offer ghost tours at all. Our guide staff prefers to spend out time with the strictly historic tours we offer, such as the St. Louis Cemetery Tour, or our Historic Cocktail Tour. That doesn’t mean we do not get a lot of people asking us for ghost tours. They are very popular in New Orleans. So, we decided to partner up with Ghost City Tours in order to offer ghost tours.
When we decided to partner with a Ghost Tour company in New Orleans we didn’t take the decision lightly. After all, there are quite a few ghost tour companies here. We only wanted to partner with the best haunted tour company. And we decided that was Ghost City Tours. While they are one of the newer companies in New Orleans, they have a long track record in cities such as Savannah Georgia, for provided the highest quality, and the most historically accurate tours. And this was very important to us. When we recommend someone to another company we are vouching for that company. We wouldn’t risk our reputation on any company that we didn’t truly believe has our guests’ best interests at heart.
One of the aspects we really love about Ghost City Tours is their dedication to the real history of the locations they visit on their tours. Trust us, if you take a ghost tour in New Orleans there is a very good chance you are going to listen to 2 hours of mostly fictional history. Some of the stories we have heard being told on ghost tours make us cringe.
Ghost City Tours really takes the time to ensure that the history behind the ghost stories they are telling is correct, even if that means leaving out some of the more gory stories and tales. We respect that a lot.
We look forward to working with Ghost City Tours in the future. We know that everyone we recommend to them will have a great time on this haunted New Orleans Tour.
The beginning of the United States sugar industry started in New Orleans in 1795, but citizens of New Orleans were drinking its distilled nectar decades before the sugar rush began. Tafia, a low-quality rum using basic French methods, was drank with relish since sugarcane was first brought over from Saint-Domingue in the 1750s. Once new, frost-resistant varieties of sugarcane were introduced to Louisiana, along with the invention of the multiple-effect evaporator, sugar production exploded in the state like never before. The evaporator, invented by a Creole named Norbert Rillieux made sugar production incredibly efficient. So efficient in fact, that there was more sugar and rum than Louisiana knew what to do with. However, the real culprit in the growth of Louisiana sugar was the use of slaves, which were forced to work in appalling conditions that some scholars consider the worst in United States history.
Rum inevitably became the drink of choice for those who could not afford imported brandy, and it was drunk with gusto. Pirates and sailors, of whom there were plenty in the 1800s, found themselves at home in the dive bars they were offered, many of which were familiar with the drink from travels across the Caribbean. Once prohibition crept into the French Quarter, locals and visitors alike, including William Faulkner, bought rum snuck in from Cuba or elsewhere. Rum-runners would often take the rum and doctor it up to resemble all sorts of illegal spirits at the time, from Absinthe to gin. The results as you can imagine were not very palatable for the generations used to quality bourbons and cognacs.
Today many of New Orleans signature cocktails are made using rum. The most famous cocktail, the daiquiri, was imported from Cuba where it found little difficulty finding its way onto every cocktail menu in the city. The original, as opposed the sugar-forward slushy found on Bourbon Street, is simply rum, lime and sugar. Ernest Hemingway, a connoisseur of all things containing alcohol, skipped on the sugar, but doubled the rum and dropped a little maraschino liquor in for good measure. Stop in at Tiki Tolteca on Decatur Street to give one a try, as well as dozens of others rum-based concoctions that bring a little island life to the Isle of Orleans.
On our Historic Cocktail Tour, we spend part of the tour discussing New Orleans’ famous cocktails that are made with rum. The Historic Cocktail Tour is an incredibly interesting, and fun way to explore the history of the cocktail, and rum, in New Orleans.