1oz. simple syrup
1oz. lime juice
2 sprigs mint
Add rum, syrup and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice, along with leaves from 1 sprig of mint. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice. Add 1 sprig mint garnish.
Who doesn't love a good mojito? Perfectly refreshing with the power to cool you down on the hottest of summer days, our Hibiscus Mojito reminds us of everything we love in our summer gardens. On the back patio at the Happy Raptor tasting room, we have several planters growing some of our favorite cocktail ingredients like habaneros, rosemary, hibiscus, and - you guessed it - mint! (Learn more about growing your own cocktail garden here!) It's no secret that we prioritize using local ingredients. The molasses base for our rum is sourced from Louisiana-grown sugar cane, and many of our herb garnishes are grown right on our back patio. The Hibiscus Mojito is the perfect example of marrying our passion for sustainability with premium cocktail creation.
1oz. pineapple juice
1oz. cranberry juice
1oz. lime juice
5 shakes chili bitters
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain over ice. Garnish with a fresh hot pepper, if you like it extra hot.
As a major trading port just north of the Caribbean, New Orleans has been home to many a pirate and privateer in its 300+ year history. The Redbeard is inspired by the many legendary seafarers who transported rum and other goods to and from New Orleans throughout its tricentennial existence. With plenty of tropical flavors and just enough spice to make it interesting, the Redbeard will make you feel like you're aboard a great ship traversing across the seas in search of the greatest rum ever made - good news for you, you've already found it at Happy Raptor!
2oz 504Hibiscus Rum
1oz Blue Horchata
1oz Best OJ
1oz Blueberry syrup
2 Shakes Orange Bitters
Orange peel for garnish
Marsh Parsley for garnish
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish as desired with orange peel and marsh parsley.
To Make Blue Horchata
2 parts (1/2 lb) blue mosaic corn flour
2 parts rice flour
1 part pecan flour
2 parts turbinado/raw sugar
5 parts water
One lime, sliced and dehydrated
Zest of one orange
10 dried rose petals
Bring all ingredients to simmer until rice and corn become tender, stirring constantly, about 20 minutes. Add more water as necessary to create desired thickness.
Strain and bottle.
To Make Best OJ
Gather oranges and peel, reserving peels. Juice fruit into a container. Infuse half of peels into juice overnight, reserving remainder as cocktail garnish.
To Make Blueberry syrup.
1 cup Local Blueberry Juice (We use J&D Farms Juice)
1 cup sugar
3 Rosemary sprigs
5 Mint sprigs
Add all ingredients to a pot and heat to a simmer. Let herbs steep in syrup for 30 minutes. Strain and cool.
We developed this cocktail for the annual Garden to Glass cocktail competition at the National WWII Museum, hosted by Eat Local NOLA & the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee. The challenge was to create a cocktail made from local ingredients that could have been commonly found in victory gardens during the WWII era. Our cocktail won the competition, and we couldn't be prouder! If it's too intimidating to try this at home, you can sample the winning cocktail at The American Sector for the next year.
We got to work, knowing that 504Hibiscus would be the base of our drink. The Blue Mamou is loosely based on a cocktail called The Big Mamou that was served at The American Sector, restaurant at the WWII Museum, around 10 years ago. The Big Mamou originated in the 1940s in New Orleans, and was commonly served as a tiki cocktail at the Sazerac, the Roosevelt's Blue Room, and other high-end bars in the city. The original version of the drink, as far as we can gather from our historical research, commonly used rum, orgeat, fruit juice and herbs.
Our version of the classic tiki drink highlights our floral rum and subs in house-made horchata for orgeat, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and a blueberry-herb syrup with wild-foraged marsh parsley as a perfectly refreshing, sustainably sourced garnish.
We hope you like it as much as we do!
1oz passion fruit
splash of orange blossom water
5 dashes house bitters
Add ingredients to shaker with ice, shake and strain over ice.
Those weekends when the jasmine is in full bloom, the sun is warm but not scorching, and everyone seems to be headed across the city for one festival or another... we find ourselves craving something sweet, fruity, and boozy. The Spring in New Orleans combines some of our favorite spring flavors with aromatic orange blossom water and our floral 504Hibiscus rum. Every time we take a sip, we swear we can hear jazz playing.
1 1/2 oz. 504Hibiscus rum
1/2 oz. mint simple syrup
4oz. ginger beer
Fill rocks glass with ice. Pour in the ginger beer. Mix 504Hibiscus rum and mint simple syrup. Slowly pour the rum and simple syrup mixture over the top. Add a little umbrella because it's simply just practical and enjoy.
Do you remember the 2020 hurricane season? The one where the Gulf Coast got threatened and directly hit with storms so many times that the powers that be had to deep dive into the Greek alphabet to name these overactive bundles of climate uncertainty, all during the most stressful year in contemporary memory? Yes, that hurricane season. In response, we proudly introduced the Tropical Storm in our tasting room and sold them at a discount because good grief. In 2021, we're dusting these off with our old flashlights and prayer candles, and here's hoping this delicious cocktail is as dark and stormy as it gets this year.
1oz. orange juice
1oz. cranberry juice
1oz. pineapple habanero simple syrup
6 dashes chili bitters
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, and strain over ice.
Making the Pineapple Habanero Simple Syrup
Combine 1 part pineapple juice with 1 part sugar and simmer. Once the sugar is dissolved, add cut habaneros (how many you add depends on how spicy you want it - if you want extra spice, include the seeds) and simmer for half an hour. Strain into a container for later use.
Our tasting room manager Parker was feeling a nostalgia for simpler times when he came up with this new favorite from our Spring 2021 menu.
Filled with the spirit of Ferris Bueller, Parker was on a quest to reinvent the old school juice box - but WAY less Full House and more Breakfast Club. Packed full of blatant rebellion against parents you may or may not still live with, the Monkey Wrench is a tribute to detentions spent in the lunch room slurping on a leftover pouch of Hawaiian Punch - but this time with specialty chili bitters and a handmade pineapple habanero simple syrup that you made yourself because #ADULTING.
A little bit sweet, a little bit tart, a little bit spicy, and the perfect amount of 504Hibiscus. We recommend this in lieu of mimosas for your weekend brunch plans, and maybe put on some Radiohead or Blink 182 while you're at it.
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2oz passion fruit juice
1oz orange juice
½ oz lime juice
¾ oz raw sugar simple syrup
½ oz grenadine
Shake on ice in a cocktail shaker and pour. Serves 1. (It's strong - watch out!)
We first unveiled our recipe for the hurricane in April 2020 to #FestInPlace after all our favorite springtime festivals were cancelled. This cocktail was a fast favorite because it is such a fun twist on a classic. We based our recipe on the old-school hurricane, as opposed to the equal parts sugary and dangerous versions you might find in the French Quarter today. With an extra ounce of rum per serving than almost every other cocktail in our tasting room, ours still packs a punch, though! These have their moment in the sun (literally) during carnival and festival season. They're easy to make in big batches and perfect for #YardiGras.
Lemonade of your choice
(Seriously, that's it.)
Having a party?
Mix 1 bottle of 504Hibiscus with 1 gallon of lemonade.
Just for you?
Put ice in a glass. Add 2 ounces of 504Hibiscus. Fill the rest with lemonade. Stir. Drink.
Want it sparkling?
Top off the cocktail with sparkling water! This is our co-founder Peter's favorite. In the tasting room, we use Key Lime flavored La Croix, but lime and lemon are nice, too.
Making boozy freeze pops?
Make the cocktail as usual. Grab a freezy pop mold of your choice. Fill it up. Freeze and serve.
Our 504Hibiscus Lemonade is tart, floral, refreshing, and gorgeous in the summer. It can be served flat or sparkling, appeals to a wide audience, and fits fancy parties, porches, and casual picnics alike. Want to know a secret? It is far and away the simplest thing we make in our tasting room and we sell more of these than any other cocktail. Friends, we LOVE having guests in our tasting room, but you absolutely don't have to journey to Central City to make it. Pick up a bottle of 504Hibiscus in your local store, grab a gallon of your favorite lemonade, and that's seriously it.
We do like to class it up in the tasting room when we can. During Mardi Gras 2020, for example, we teamed up with our friends at Rockin' Lemonade, a Baton Rouge-based, woman-owned, butt kicking company who crafted a special blend of lemonade from fresh-squeezed local lemons just for us. Rockin' specializes in flavored lemonades with real ingredients - and it's seriously worth a try if you're not in love already.
Want to know another secret? The boozy freeze pops we sell in our tasting room... You can make those at home, too. Every freeze pop in our tasting room is simply 504Hibiscus Lemonade in a cute fancy package. But beware, they are strong. Every freeze pop contains the same alcohol content as a can of beer. *Best consumed on the beach or at a pool party.* If you don't want to freeze these yourself, you can always come pick up a whole bunch from our tasting room. We've got you covered.
2 ounces 504Hibiscus
1 ounce raw sugar simple syrup
1 ounce lime juice
Pour into a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Serves 1.
In 2015, Mark and I landed with about 25 family members on the island of Martinique in the French West Indies to get married. Realizing that we were on a French-speaking island with only four fluent French speakers in our party and the full cast of characters that is our family and friends, we looked at each other and said, "This will be interesting." In the following week, we discovered that the stress-free wedding we naively planned on is actually an impossible dream that could only have been imagined by lunatics (that's us). However, the stunning beachside Caribbean ceremony we dreamed of was 100% achieved. After the ceremony, we hiked a volcano, walked the beaches, toured historic sugar mills, sampled some of the best rum in the world, ate so many fritters, and strolled through markets filled with colorful discoveries.
Most notably, we brought back two really important things from that trip: a packet filled with hibiscus and spices that we were instructed by the shop owner to infuse in a bottle of our favorite white rum, and a new sense that our lives are what we make of them. When we got home, we infused our first-ever bottle of rum and made a traditional daiquiri with it. Then we made a few more. Then Mark got obsessed with daiquiris and interrogated every poor bartender we met about their different rum lists in the process. (If you're one such bartender and you're reading this, we're sorry.)
Eventually, that little infusion became the first inspiration for Happy Raptor Distilling. By the time we really talked about opening a distillery, the wrapper that listed the ingredients were long gone and we have about 6 ounces left of the original bottle. Mark spent almost two years recreating and perfecting the recipe that would become 504Hibiscus, and the three of us (Mark, Peter, and I) tested every new batch with a hibiscus daiquiri. We tasted, corrected, and tasted again. The 504Hibiscus Daiquiri is a labor of love in its truest form. Years of complexities and thought have created a beautiful drink that is otherwise so simple, and it's definitely the closest to my heart. I hope you'll love it, too! And if you don't, you're probably more of a Rum Old-Fashioned person. More on that cocktail later. -- Meagen
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1512 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Corner of Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd & Carondelet Street
One block off Saint Charles Ave @ Melpomene streetcar stop
Free street parking is available
Bicyclists receive 10% off
*The address may also appear on your GPS as 1512 Robert C. Blakes Sr. Drive. Never fear - you're in the right place! We are located on a renamed, two-block stretch of Carondelet Street.
Happy Raptor Distilling, LLC is a woman-owned business and a member of the Certified Louisiana network.
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