Bottle by bottle, Atelier Vie is slowly moving up in the world of Louisiana’s locally made spirits. The New Orleans-based distillery, founded in 2011, has been producing vodka, gin, and that most fabled of liquors, absinthe.
Distilling absinthe is a natural choice for Atelier Vie, considering the drink’s ties to New Orleans history. On Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, you’ll find a 200-year-old bar known as The Old Absinthe House. Atelier Vie produces two varieties; the traditional green absinthe and the red absinthe, colored and flavored with hibiscus flowers.
In October 2014, Atelier Vie celebrated a milestone, uncorking its first barrel of whiskey. You can ask the company’s friendly and knowledgeable staff about how they distilled their whiskey, absinthe and other liquors when visiting the distillery. The company offers tours by appointment and visitors are welcome to stop by for a free tasting.