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Prefer liquor to beer and wine? Then you're in luck, as Louisiana's rum origins date from the mid-1700s.

Louisiana's distilleries are concocting a diverse array of liquors. From the sweet, locally grown sugarcane that distills into strong rum to the European original Absinthe, you will find a Louisiana-made liquor that lights you up.

Begin your rum education on a plantation tour, such as the working, family-owned St. Joseph Plantation

Then stop by a local distillery for a taste test.  Celebration Distillation in New Orleans, makers of Old New Orleans Rum and Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux use Louisiana sugarcane and rice to create high-quality rums, vodka, gin and even whiskey.

Head west to Lacassine to check out the largest privately owned rum distillery in the U.S., Louisiana Spirits. Drop in for a distillery tour and be sure to try their three award-winning rums, bottled under the Bayou Rum label.

New Orleans-based Atelier Vie, considering the drink’s ties to New Orleans history. Atelier Vie produces two varieties; the traditional green absinthe and the red absinthe, colored and flavored with hibiscus flowers.

Looking for an liquor-themed event? Be on the cusp of cocktail innovations at Tales of the Cocktail® in New Orleans.  For five days every July, bartenders and mixologists converge for spirit seminars, competitions and, of course, lots of taste testing.