The roots of rum

Rum could be found in Louisiana dating back to the colonial period. Production relied on common trade-route patterns.


Louisiana bounty

Sugarcane grows across Southern Louisiana and is our most abundant agricultural product.

New Orleans alive

Modern NOLA thrives on tradition with a twist. We celebrate our community and heritage and welcome new friends with a raise of the glass.

Louisiana Proud


The team at Cajun Spirits Distillery joins a thriving community of young entrepreneurs, part of a “new New Orleans” scene. We embrace a city where work, play and love hang in a happy symbiosis. Where family and friends are near, time moves a little more slowly and we pause to listen to the beat of the rhythm of life.

Kenneth (Gus) Haik founded Cajun Spirits Distillery in 2010. Born and raised in Uptown New Orleans, Gus attended Ben Franklin High School and then left New Orleans for the Navy. He graduated in the class of 2002 from the U.S. Naval Academy and travelled the world as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

It was at sea that Gus, an engineer, fell in love with distilling while responsible for the transformation of seawater to potable water for a crew of 225 sailors. Gus loved turning a raw substance like seawater into something as precious as drinking (and bathing) water.

But like so many New Orleanians, 10 years away from home had taught Gus just how unique and special New Orleans is. His future wife—also from New Orleans—had made Gus promise to come home when his commitment to the Navy was fulfilled. And anyways, Gus couldn’t find any live music or marching bands as good anywhere else.

After spending some time working as a welder in various refineries and working at another distillery, Gus concluded it was time to launch his own endeavor. He wanted to do something that used Louisiana agricultural goods and also catered to the craft bartender movement starting to take hold in New Orleans. He wanted to make products that New Orleanians would be proud to call their own; to start a new spirits tradition for New Orleans.

In 2010 Gus began the arduous process of starting a distillery. While working at a local Liquids Terminal, he found some investors, bought a warehouse in the industrial part of the 3rd ward and had a little girl.


Quality equipment and a quality process help to guarantee quality results for all of our products at Cajun Spirits Distillery. For this reason we invested in custom copper skills made in Germany specifically for our Poydras Street distillery. We constantly refine our process and the union of efficiency and flavor while retaining the imagination and inspiration you expect from a New Orleans spirit. We seek to bring you the best products at the best price possible.

“Civilization begins with distillation.” -William Faulkner “My great instinct is to be free. I found that in New Orleans.” -Tennessee Williams “We dance even if there’s no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much & laugh too loud & live too large, and, frankly, we're suspicious of others who don’t.” -Chris Rose “If there was no New Orleans, America would just be a bunch of free people dying of boredom.” -Judy Deck “To get to New Orleans you don’t pass through anywhere else.” -Alan Toussaint “There’s naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.” -Lord Byron “New Orleans, unlike a lot of those places you go back to and that don’t have the magic anymore, still has got it.” -Bob Dylan “Money, like vodka, turns a person into an eccentric.” -Anton Chekhov “A New Orleans credo: When life gives you lemons — make daiquiris.” -Chris Rose “Simmer down, let me hear the sound of them feet.” -Buddy Bolden “You blows who you is.” -Louis Armstrong