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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, and then stop by a local distillery for a taste test. Celebration Distillation in New Orleans, makers of Old New Orleans Rum, uses Louisiana sugarcane and rice to create high-quality rums, vodka, gin and even whiskey. Roulaison Distilling Co., in New Orleans' historic Mid-City neighborhood, honors the region's rich agricultural history with its selections of aged and unaged rums.

New Orleans-based Atelier Vie is perhaps best known for producing absinthe, a spirit closely associated with the city's respected cocktail culture. Atelier Vie produces two main varieties; the traditional green absinthe and the red absinthe, colored and flavored with hibiscus flowers. When you're finished there, head over to the tasting room at Seven Three Distilling Co. and sample spirits inspired by Louisiana ingredients.

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. 

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 award-winning rums, bottled under the Bayou Rum label.