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Paloma always has two frozen cocktails on offer
Randy P. Schmidt

New Orleans’ Best Summer Cocktails To Beat The Heat

Prosecco popsicles, all kinds of frozen daiquiris, and more

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Paloma always has two frozen cocktails on offer
| Randy P. Schmidt

New Orleans becomes its own particular version of swamp come summertime — long languid days during which people seem to turn into puddles at the least bit of exertion. What better excuse is there to kick back with a summer cocktail? Fruity, potent, refreshing, crisp, herbaceous, sweet — all flavors and formats that work to reduce personal temps from the inside out.

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1. Daiquiris at Bourrée at Boucherie

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1510 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 510-4040
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Summer is daiquiri weather, and Bourrée at Boucherie is home to the thinking woman’s daiquiri. Where the traditional daiquiri shack pours them cloyingly sweet, and that works for many, Bourrée goes out on a more refined limb. This is smart slush to be reckoned with, gin and tonic with cucumber, fresh Ponchatoula strawberry, a frozen Ramos gin fizz — it’s all wonderful.

2. Daiquiris at New Orleans Original Daiquiris

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210 Veterans Blvd
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 301-3989
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The thrill of being able to order a daiquiri from a drive-thru window simply adds to the pleasure of this sweet, braining-freezing treat. Try a frosty cold margarita, piña colada or white Russian daiquiri at the much-loved New Orleans Original Daiquiris chain with locations from Metairie to the Riverbend, and Mandeville to Bourbon Street. Good to know: Hanging at a daiquiri shop is a thing in New Orleans, so give it a try if you haven’t before. And while you’re at it, make it a double.

3. Two Dope Boys and a Cadillac at Cure

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4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 302-2357
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Freret Street’s James Beard Award-winning gold standard of craft cocktail bars, Cure pioneered a craft cocktail revival in New Orleans. For summer slurping, it’s a toss-up between the “yardie spritz,” a tropical shake of Jamaican rum with passion fruit and fresh nutmeg, and “two dope boys and a Cadillac” (how fun is that to order?), a classic rum sour made with strawberries and bittersweet Amari.

4. Brain Medicine at Twelve Mile Limit

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500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-8114
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T. Cole Newton earned his bartending chops at Commander’s Palace and Coquette, a back story that informs the wonderous craft cocktails he shakes up at his own bar, Mid-City’s Twelve Mile Limit, which he opened in 2010. Newton, who is soon to open a new wine bar in the Bywater, offers fine summer libations at Twelve Mile Limit, like “brain medicine.” It’s frozen, for starters, made with honeysuckle vodka, fruity blue Hpnotiq, orgeat for notes of orangeflower and almond and lemon juice.

5. Agua Fresca at Barracuda

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3984 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 266-2961
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Barracuda, the taco stand and margarita garden on Tchoup, makes a kickin’ agua fresca powered by either cucumber of watermelon. It all starts with a delicious fresh limeade then brings in notes of ginger with a nutty finish of chia seeds for texture and extra nutrients. Order with booze or without, both are delish.

6. Frozen Drinks at Pythian Market

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2002, 234 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 481-9599
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At Bar 1908 in the 14-vendor food collective that opened May 2018 in the CBD’s historic Pythian Temple, imbibers can beat the heat with all manner of seasonal frozen concoctions, from the frozen watermelon Paloma to a fab frozen peach sweet tea. Honorable mention goes to the G+T+Tea, an herbaceous cocktail bright with gin, fresh lime juice, and housemade raspberry-hibiscus tea syrup, topped with excellent Fevertree Mediterranean tonic.

7. Ramos Gin Fizz at The Sazerac Bar

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130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 648-1200
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In the middle of the day, The Sazerac feels like a cool, dark cave. The AC is always blasting and there are plenty of comfortable seats to sink your tired bones into — the perfect antidote to the heat. Though the bar is named for the brooding sazerac cocktail, steer clear of it on a hot summer day. Order the Ramos gin fizz, a heady concoction of egg white, gin, cream, citrus, fragrant orange blossom water, and cold club soda.

8. Frozen Irish Coffee at Erin Rose

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811 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 522-3573
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Nearly a classic cocktail in its own way, the frozen Irish coffee at the Erin Rose is the perfect way to beat that steamy August heat in New Orleans. Rich and creamy, this potent blend is spiked with a proprietary and perfect mix of alcohol. (FYI, also available at Molly’s on the Market on Decatur.)

9. Boos Teezi at Compère Lapin

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The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-2119
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Abigail Gulla and her team at Compère Lapin are known for conjuring an always cheeky cocktail list. For a real pick-me-up, try bartender Aline Sanchez’s Boos Teezi, a bracing shake of gin, rose syrup, Manzanilla sherry, citrus, and grappa aged with almonds, giving the spirit a creamy, nutty finish. The drink is served on ice, with bits of dried rose petal as garnish, a shyly floral cocktail that refreshes without being cloying.

10. Prosecco Popsicle at Effervescence

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2406, 1036 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 509-7644
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Yes, Effervescence is a sophisticated bubbly bar on the edge of the French Quarter with all manner of sparklers on the menu. But options also include a litany of sparkling wine cocktails including an energizing Prosecco popsicle. Try the wild Louisiana blackberry, lime or the tart cherry - each one tastes like vacation.

11. Purple Drinks at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

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941 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 593-9761
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Hurricanes may just be the patron saint of booze along Bourbon Street — the drink was invented at Pat O’s, after all. But for a truly stellar version of this potent libation, sidle further down to Bourbon’s “quiet” side and belly up to the bar at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. The purportedly haunted 18th-century former den of the famed privateer happens to pour one of — if not the — best “hurricane” in town. The potent mash-up of fresh passion fruit, citrus, grenadine, and rum goes down mighty smooth, so beware.

  

12. Piña Coladas at the Organic Banana in the French Market

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1100 N Peters St # 27
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 587-7903
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It’s might be helpful to know that there’s a spot in the French Market where the piña coladas are flowing. Stop at the Organic Banana for both spirit-free and adult versions of this favorite island drink, a mix of coconut, pineapple, and rum blended with ice to frothy perfection. The mango rum punch is a close second.

1. Daiquiris at Bourrée at Boucherie

1510 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Summer is daiquiri weather, and Bourrée at Boucherie is home to the thinking woman’s daiquiri. Where the traditional daiquiri shack pours them cloyingly sweet, and that works for many, Bourrée goes out on a more refined limb. This is smart slush to be reckoned with, gin and tonic with cucumber, fresh Ponchatoula strawberry, a frozen Ramos gin fizz — it’s all wonderful.

1510 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

2. Daiquiris at New Orleans Original Daiquiris

210 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA 70005

The thrill of being able to order a daiquiri from a drive-thru window simply adds to the pleasure of this sweet, braining-freezing treat. Try a frosty cold margarita, piña colada or white Russian daiquiri at the much-loved New Orleans Original Daiquiris chain with locations from Metairie to the Riverbend, and Mandeville to Bourbon Street. Good to know: Hanging at a daiquiri shop is a thing in New Orleans, so give it a try if you haven’t before. And while you’re at it, make it a double.

210 Veterans Blvd
Metairie, LA 70005

3. Two Dope Boys and a Cadillac at Cure

4905 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Freret Street’s James Beard Award-winning gold standard of craft cocktail bars, Cure pioneered a craft cocktail revival in New Orleans. For summer slurping, it’s a toss-up between the “yardie spritz,” a tropical shake of Jamaican rum with passion fruit and fresh nutmeg, and “two dope boys and a Cadillac” (how fun is that to order?), a classic rum sour made with strawberries and bittersweet Amari.

4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. Brain Medicine at Twelve Mile Limit

500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans, LA 70119

T. Cole Newton earned his bartending chops at Commander’s Palace and Coquette, a back story that informs the wonderous craft cocktails he shakes up at his own bar, Mid-City’s Twelve Mile Limit, which he opened in 2010. Newton, who is soon to open a new wine bar in the Bywater, offers fine summer libations at Twelve Mile Limit, like “brain medicine.” It’s frozen, for starters, made with honeysuckle vodka, fruity blue Hpnotiq, orgeat for notes of orangeflower and almond and lemon juice.

500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Agua Fresca at Barracuda

3984 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Barracuda, the taco stand and margarita garden on Tchoup, makes a kickin’ agua fresca powered by either cucumber of watermelon. It all starts with a delicious fresh limeade then brings in notes of ginger with a nutty finish of chia seeds for texture and extra nutrients. Order with booze or without, both are delish.

3984 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Frozen Drinks at Pythian Market

2002, 234 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

At Bar 1908 in the 14-vendor food collective that opened May 2018 in the CBD’s historic Pythian Temple, imbibers can beat the heat with all manner of seasonal frozen concoctions, from the frozen watermelon Paloma to a fab frozen peach sweet tea. Honorable mention goes to the G+T+Tea, an herbaceous cocktail bright with gin, fresh lime juice, and housemade raspberry-hibiscus tea syrup, topped with excellent Fevertree Mediterranean tonic.

2002, 234 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Ramos Gin Fizz at The Sazerac Bar

130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112

In the middle of the day, The Sazerac feels like a cool, dark cave. The AC is always blasting and there are plenty of comfortable seats to sink your tired bones into — the perfect antidote to the heat. Though the bar is named for the brooding sazerac cocktail, steer clear of it on a hot summer day. Order the Ramos gin fizz, a heady concoction of egg white, gin, cream, citrus, fragrant orange blossom water, and cold club soda.

130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. Frozen Irish Coffee at Erin Rose

811 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Nearly a classic cocktail in its own way, the frozen Irish coffee at the Erin Rose is the perfect way to beat that steamy August heat in New Orleans. Rich and creamy, this potent blend is spiked with a proprietary and perfect mix of alcohol. (FYI, also available at Molly’s on the Market on Decatur.)

811 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

9. Boos Teezi at Compère Lapin

The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Abigail Gulla and her team at Compère Lapin are known for conjuring an always cheeky cocktail list. For a real pick-me-up, try bartender Aline Sanchez’s Boos Teezi, a bracing shake of gin, rose syrup, Manzanilla sherry, citrus, and grappa aged with almonds, giving the spirit a creamy, nutty finish. The drink is served on ice, with bits of dried rose petal as garnish, a shyly floral cocktail that refreshes without being cloying.

The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Prosecco Popsicle at Effervescence

2406, 1036 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Yes, Effervescence is a sophisticated bubbly bar on the edge of the French Quarter with all manner of sparklers on the menu. But options also include a litany of sparkling wine cocktails including an energizing Prosecco popsicle. Try the wild Louisiana blackberry, lime or the tart cherry - each one tastes like vacation.

2406, 1036 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

11. Purple Drinks at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Hurricanes may just be the patron saint of booze along Bourbon Street — the drink was invented at Pat O’s, after all. But for a truly stellar version of this potent libation, sidle further down to Bourbon’s “quiet” side and belly up to the bar at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. The purportedly haunted 18th-century former den of the famed privateer happens to pour one of — if not the — best “hurricane” in town. The potent mash-up of fresh passion fruit, citrus, grenadine, and rum goes down mighty smooth, so beware.

  

941 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

12. Piña Coladas at the Organic Banana in the French Market

1100 N Peters St # 27, New Orleans, LA 70116

It’s might be helpful to know that there’s a spot in the French Market where the piña coladas are flowing. Stop at the Organic Banana for both spirit-free and adult versions of this favorite island drink, a mix of coconut, pineapple, and rum blended with ice to frothy perfection. The mango rum punch is a close second.

1100 N Peters St # 27
New Orleans, LA 70116

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