The Golden Age of New Orleans lasted nearly 100 years, when people of a wide variety of different cultures flocked to the Crescent City to build lives. They brought heritage, goods, and most importantly money to the capital of the arts at the mouth of the Mississippi.
While the unofficial end of the era was around 1870, about 50 years later architect Emile Weil looked to recreate that cultural gumbo with the Saenger Theatre. Located on the main commercial development district along Canal Street, Weil wanted to provide a true New Orleans experience with a laid-back atmosphere that featured architectural wonders inspired by Greek, French, and Italian counterparts.
Almost as if it wanted to get in on the action, roughly 50 years after the opening of the Saenger the Jung Hotel began housing the city’s patrons. The Jung was the jewel of the town for it’s first two decades, providing a beautiful mixture of elegant architecture with – at the time – a modern flair. Unfortunately, ownership issues caused the Jung to float in and out of business for several years.
That is, until now.
After Katrina ravaged much of New Orleans, the Saenger eventually rose again like the Phoenix from the ashes, stronger and better than ever. Roughly 10 years later, the Jung did the same with new ownership focused on the original goal of the hotel – mix elegant art and architecture with a modern twist. The hotel has done with that with a stunning lobby that will make your jaw drop, full-length windows offering a perfect view of Canal Street, and a mixture of long-term and short-term stay rooms.
Noticing the similarities in their goals, the Jung seeks to establish a true partnership with the Saenger by offering their own take on a perfect, artistic night. Pay $30 for five hours of secure parking at the Jung, just a short walk away from the Saenger, and receive two complimentary drink tickets for before or after the show.
In celebration of this new ‘Golden Age’ of the New Orleans artistic community, the Jung has released a beautiful commemorative drink in tribute to the times. The delectable concoction represents much of what the Golden Age was all about – a mixture of cultures that formed the perfect product. The ingredients include Marquis de la Tour Brut champagne; St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur; and Wilton ‘Gold’ Pearl Dust.
“The Golden Age is a champagne cocktail with a modern visual twist, making it distinctly Jung.”
Jung’s promotion lines up perfectly with the cavalcade of events at the Saenger this fall, which include the virtual representation of Michael Jackson in ‘MJ Live!,’ Christina Aguilera, Tony Bennett, and David Byrne.
Anyone interested in the Jung’s promotion can contact their front desk at 504-226-5864.
The Golden Age Cocktail Recipe
Marquis de la Tour Brut. St. Germain Elderflower
Celebrating the renaissance of a New Orleans icon. The Golden Age is a champagne cocktail with modern visual twist, making it uniquely Jung.
- Marquis de la Tour Brut
- St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- Wilton “Gold” Pearl Dust
- Wilton Pearl Dust is available at most major craft store, in the cake decorating section
Pour 2oz of St. Germain Elderflower into a Champagne flute. Add 1/16 tsp of Wilton “Gold” Pearl Dust and lightly mix. Top with 6oz of Marquis de la Tour Brut. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Add 1 ¼ tsp of Wilton “Gold” Pearl Dust to an entire bottle (750ml) of St. Germain Elderflower. Cap and shake. Follow single serving recipe above.