Early bartending professionals were sometimes referred to as chemists since they had to create their own mixers and syrups. Some current bartenders could be referred to as historians or anthropologists for reviving the drinks and recipes of these historic drink mixers.
BELLOCQ At Cure, mixologists Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal and Matthew Kohnke explore pre-Prohibition recipes; at their latest venture in Hotel Modern, they go back further in time. The cornerstone of the bar program here is the cobbler, a popular libation from the "pre-cocktail" era (around the 1830s) consisting of fortified wine (such as sherry, vermouth or port), sugar and citrus pieces shaken briskly with ice. While the cocktail highlights new ingredients and the "ice fetish" associated with the era, Bellocq's cobblers are modern interpretations. The Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0911; www.thehotelmodern.com/bellocq
ARNAUD'S FRENCH 75 Mixologist extraordinaire Chris Hannah helms the bar, which features original inventions and new spins on classics. Arnaud's, 813 Bienville Ave., 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com
BOMBAY CLUB Cocktail expert and author Cheryl Charming revamped the lounge's cocktail menu with martinis and cocktails spanning the 1800s to the present. 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com
CURE The heady cocktails at this Freret Street trailblazer recall concoctions developed out of bygone medicines and home remedies. 4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola.com
LOA BAR Mixologist Alan Walter serves fresh, progressive drinks with unexpected ingredients in vintage glassware. 221 Camp St., 553-9550; www.ihhotel.com/bar.html
SWIZZLE STICK BAR The playful Cafe Adelaide's adjacent bar offers Lu Brow's menu of creative cocktails in an airy lounge setting. Cafe Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar, 300 Poydras St., 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com
TWELVE MILE LIMIT A casual neighborhood bar with a high-end streak, Coquette alum Cole Newton's simple, yet inventive, cocktail menu also is affordable. 500 Telemachus St., 488-8114; www.facebook.com/twelve.mile.limit