WHETHER DRINKING A CLASSIC HURRICANE FROM PAT O’BRIEN’S OR INDULGING IN A FROZEN TREAT FROM BIG EASY DAIQUIRIS, NEW ORLEANS HAS MANY DRINKS TO COOL DOWN WITH THIS SUMMER
New Orleans is a magnet for lovers of classic cocktails, booze, and spirits year-round. In the summertime, a few frozen drinks emerge from the shadows to help cool off unsuspecting guests to Louisiana’s humid heat. Those looking to sip their fun will enjoy the city’s craft beverages, frozen and iced, all summer.
Cool Off with a Classic New Orleans Cocktail this Summer
The Crescent City is full of classic beverages with a storied past. Those wishing to say cheers to New Orleans’ lavish history will be pleased with its mixed drink selection.
New Orleans Hurricane Cocktail from Pat O’Brien’s
Sweet and fruity, the Hurricane Cocktail has been a refreshing staple since World War II. At the time, whiskey was rare and hard to find in New Orleans, so bartenders put together a concoction that would complement the light and dark rum substitute. The craft cocktail consists of passion fruit, orange, and lime juice with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice as garnish. Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter crafts the original recipe so skillfully that it has become famous within the city and nationwide.
The Best Mint Julep from Old Absinthe House
The Mint Julep is a must-try for anyone seeking a full-bodied refreshing beverage in the city. Although the Kentucky Derby popularized the drink in 1875, Louisianians enjoyed it for many years prior. Indulgers can find the concoction of mint leaves, powdered sugar, and bourbon served in a frosted glass at Old Absinthe House in the French Quarter.
The Original Pimm’s Cup from Napoleon House
Finding a low-alcohol-content beverage in New Orleans can prove to be quite tricky. Ironically, the original Pimm’s Cup cocktail from Napoleon House is the only drink of its kind. The refreshing blend of Pimm’s Number One, lemonade, and Seven Up, with garnishing cucumber, will perk up even the hottest visitors. Locals claim quintessential writers Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain favored the light, bubbly beverage.
New Orleans’ Frozen Drinks to Try this Summer
Snow Balls are a big hit in New Orleans during the summer months. Sometimes a frozen daiquiri tops the charts for those old enough to imbibe them.
Frozen French 75 from Superior Seafood
One restaurant on St. Charles Avenue puts a chilly twist on the classic New Orleans French 75 cocktail. Superior Seafood blends gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and sparkling wine into a slushy elixir. They even add a zesty lemon peel as a garnish to pay homage to the original recipe.
The Louisiana Frozen Daiquiri
The most iconic icy drink in Louisiana is the frozen Daiquiri. Contrary to popular belief, the namesake originates from Daiquirí, a small village in Cuba. Jennings Cox is believed to have brought the frozen cocktail to New Orleans in 1896. While the original recipe is simpler, consisting of just rum, lime, and sugar, New Orleans puts a decadent twist on the drink. Today, barhoppers can find numerous daiquiri flavors like Strawberry, Jungle Juice, and Banana Banshee at bars in the French Quarter.
Frozen Irish Coffee from Erin Rose
Erin Rose, an Irish bar right off Bourbon Street, serves spiked caffeine and indulgence in a plastic cup. Frozen Irish Coffee has been a decadent summer treat notorious for reviving those overwhelmed with the heat and humidity of Southern Louisiana.
Have a Staycation at the Jung Hotel & Residences
The best way to enjoy New Orleans is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. The Jung Hotel & Residences is ideally situated near the Canal Streetcar line, allowing easy accessibility. Make a reservation at the Jung Hotel today and experience adventure, fun, and leisure.