10. Classic cocktails (and not-so-classic cocktails)
There has been some debate on whether or not the cocktail, as a concept, was actually invented in the Big Easy. What is not a matter of debate, however, is that the Sazerac, the Grasshopper, the Vieux Carre, the Brandy Milk Punch, the Ramos Fizz, the Brandy Crusta, and the original Hurricane cocktails all call New Orleans home. On the opposite end, we have the Shark Attack and the Hand Grenade, as well, just to keep things lively.
11. Wrinkle-free cotton
Not only did New Orleans native Ruth R. Benerito attend college at 15 to study chemistry, and not only did she later invent technology that assisted in the feeding of injured soldiers, she also came up with the idea of pants that don’t need ironing (among 54 other patents). Yeah, she was a badass, alright.