Watermark and water juggling enhanced in New Orleans style

The patio at Watermark and Backwater Voodoo evokes a New Orleans vibe.

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Credit: Alexis Larsen

The patio at Watermark and Backwater Voodoo evokes a New Orleans vibe.

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Credit: Alexis Larsen

If you want something a little more lively, Backwater Voodoo has you covered with original and classic Tiki drinks.

The Infamous Zombie ($12, “The Drink That Unleashed a Thousand Tiki Bars, Holy Grail, Golden Fleece”) is a classic and a favorite. Invented in the 1930s by Donn Beach at his Don the Beachcomber restaurant, this cocktail can be a tantalizing find if made correctly and a waste of sugar if made by someone who doesn’t practice it and doesn’t know. In Backwater Voodoo, it’s a delightful symphony of luscious, fun, sweet, and spicy.

Backwater Voodoo in Miamisburg, owned by Maria and Eric Walusis, is a warm and cozy new restaurant and bar influenced by the couple’s love for New Orleans, and the city’s contribution to Tiki cocktail history and rebirth. They also own the Watermark, which is adjacent to Backwater Voodoo, and the two restaurants share a patio dining area. Contributing / Alexis Larsen

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Backwater Voodoo in Miamisburg, owned by Maria and Eric Walusis, is a warm and cozy new restaurant and bar influenced by the couple's love for New Orleans, and the city's contribution to Tiki cocktail history and rebirth.  They also own the Watermark, which is adjacent to Backwater Voodoo, and the two restaurants share a patio dining area.  Contributing / Alexis Larsen

Credit: Contributing/Alexis Larsen

Backwater Voodoo in Miamisburg, owned by Maria and Eric Walusis, is a warm and cozy new restaurant and bar influenced by the couple’s love for New Orleans, and the city’s contribution to Tiki cocktail history and rebirth. They also own the Watermark, which is adjacent to Backwater Voodoo, and the two restaurants share a patio dining area. Contributing / Alexis Larsen

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Credit: Contributing/Alexis Larsen

Funeral Jazz ($13), a tribute to all things New Orleans, is another favorite—both for us and our clients.

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The inviting outdoor space is perfect for enjoying such a well-crafted cocktail in al fresco dining on a pleasant summer evening.

There’s also live music on the patio every Thursday evening from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and they host a full live band every Saturday during the summer.

On July 31 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., they will present their first annual “Beach Party” complete with a luau buffet and live entertainment from the Ampfibians, a rock band from Cincinnati. For tickets and details, visit https://www.exploretock.com/eatdrinkwatermark/event/353004/backwater-beach-party.

Patrons enjoy the Watermark patio and Backwater Voodoo.

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Patrons enjoy the Watermark patio and Backwater Voodoo.

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Patrons enjoy the Watermark patio and Backwater Voodoo.

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Credit: Alexis Larsen

When there is no special event, diners are welcome to eat and drink from any restaurant, although the service staff ask that each table be served from one restaurant at a time rather than dividing the table between the two. Patio reservations are not accepted, but with a dinner reservation at the Watermark, you get priority patio seating, depending on the space available.

Chef Maria makes constant improvements to the large patio all season long, including more tables, extra soft seating, and, in a few weeks, a large shaded sail to help cool diners in the late summer sun.

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Late in the evening, when the fire pit is lit and table lanterns glow, it’s especially nice to grab a drink after a stroll through the streets of picturesque and historic downtown Miamisburg. It’s the only place within hundreds of miles where you’ll find the Voodoo Daiquiri ($12) made close to the original by Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans. Since they jealously keep the recipe, Eric designs it very carefully, and is convinced that he discovered it. If you have one, head over to be the judge.

The Watermark and Backwater Voodoo Courtyard is an inviting spot for evening dining.

Credit: Alexis Larsen

The Watermark and Backwater Voodoo Courtyard is an inviting spot for evening dining.

Credit: Alexis Larsen

The Watermark and Backwater Voodoo Courtyard is an inviting spot for evening dining.

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Plus, Little Bites include Hawaiian rolls with grilled spam, caramelized green onions, melted Swiss mustard and spicy Chinese mustard (3 for $9.95), and Bowden Balls ($11.95), a classic New Orleans deep-fried dish. Made with pork shoulder and rice, with remoulade for dipping and my favorite, Death Rolls ($9.95) – alligator egg rolls stuffed with peppers, onions, cabbage, and soiled rice.

Backwater Voodoo in Miamisburg, owned by Maria and Eric Walusis, is a warm and cozy new restaurant and bar influenced by the couple’s love for New Orleans, and the city’s contribution to Tiki cocktail history and rebirth. They also own the Watermark, which is adjacent to Backwater Voodoo, and the two restaurants share a patio dining area. Contributing / Alexis Larsen

Credit: Contributing/Alexis Larsen

Backwater Voodoo in Miamisburg, owned by Maria and Eric Walusis, is a warm and cozy new restaurant and bar influenced by the couple's love for New Orleans, and the city's contribution to Tiki cocktail history and rebirth.  They also own the Watermark, which is adjacent to Backwater Voodoo, and the two restaurants share a patio dining area.  Contributing / Alexis Larsen

Credit: Contributing/Alexis Larsen

Backwater Voodoo in Miamisburg, owned by Maria and Eric Walusis, is a warm and cozy new restaurant and bar influenced by the couple’s love for New Orleans, and the city’s contribution to Tiki cocktail history and rebirth. They also own the Watermark, which is adjacent to Backwater Voodoo, and the two restaurants share a patio dining area. Contributing / Alexis Larsen

Credit: Contributing/Alexis Larsen

Credit: Contributing/Alexis Larsen

Lagniappe (“a little extra stuff”) options include crispy southern pork ribs ($18.95), Creole catfish ($17.95), Creole shrimp and grits ($16.95), and the gorgeous lobster Etoufée served with white rice ($14.95) and dirty rice ( $15.95) or “Poutine Style” on Tiki Tots for ($16.95). If you’re still craving sugar after cocktails, there’s Banana Bread Pudding with Banana Cream and English Caramel ($8) or Café au Lait pot de crème ($7).

As they say in New Orleans, “laissez les bon temps rouler,” or more simply, let the good times go.

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