Louisiana's Best Makers: 2 Food Products We Love

El Guapo Tom Collins — aka Spiked Lemonade Recipe Here

Mantry has scoured Louisiana to uncover the top-shelf craft, artisan and small-batch makers from NOLA to Cajun Country. From pork jerky, to handmade cocktail mixers, geaux south.

Olde English Lemonade & Collins Mix // El Guapo // New Orleans, LA

Lemonade that cool refreshing drink… has launched many an entrepreneurial career for 12-year-olds parked curbside the world over. Well, this cup is all grown up with an addition of gin to adulterate it. We have always been huge fans of El Guapo who create some of the best bitters and cocktail syrups in the country out of the cocktail kingdom of NOLA. This is not the Country Time powdered stuff, made with hand juiced lemons with a hint of ginger this syrup will make any mediocre bar hand into a mixologist. 

Or here’s the skinny from El Guapo:

“Instantly recognizable as a traditional English lemonade with a classic Victorian flavor profile. This syrup is full of fresh bright lemony goodness that is lightly accented with a hint of ginger as well as light aromas and flavors of cress, rosemary, and lavender. Made with hand juiced and peeled lemons and fresh local produce. Used most frequently with gin, this syrup makes an excellent French 75, Tom Collins or Arnold Palmer. You may also sub this for sour mix in recipes to instantly elevate any cocktail.”

Recipe:

El Guapo Tom Collins — aka Spiked Lemonade

Traditional Pork Jerky // Cousins Smokehouse // Broussard, LA

Cousins lays claim to one of our favorite maker slogans ever “Easy to Chew, Tough to Quit!” and hails from maybe the best place to eat in America aka. Louisiana. From crawfish to boudin, cajun country cranks out perfectly seasoned meals and it’s no surprise this Pork Jerky is on point. Slow smoked with just enough spice, wash it down with an Albita and whisper a “Who Dat” under your breath.

 Cousin's Smokehouse - Mantry

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