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Five Fabulous NOLA Summer Cocktails

May 21 2018 | News

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We’re going let you in on a little secret: It can get a little hot and humid in New Orleans in the summertime. You can sit in a French Quarter courtyard fanning yourself, or you can order one of these cooling libations.

The Big Banana

The signature drink at Oceana Grill is as much dessert as it is cocktail but, hey, this is New Orleans. They take a piece of Bananas Foster Ice Cream Cake and put in in a blender with rum, vanilla vodka and banana liqueur. It will hit you like an unexpected breeze off the Mississippi River on a summer day.

The Hurricane

This big red drink will literally blow you away, whether you enjoy it in a souvenir glass from Pat O’s or at another famous New Orleans drinking or dining establishment. The Cat 5 Hurricane at Red Fish Grill really packs punch.

The Grasshopper

Love mint chocolate ice cream? Then you'll love the Grasshopper, the famously frothy drink invented in New Orleans by Tujaque’s owner Philip Guichet. (The creamy creme de menthe concoction placed second in a cocktail contest in New York City in 1918.) BTW, Tujaque's is the second oldest restaurant in the city and has the oldest stand-up bar.

Sunset on the Patio

Summer is sweeter with Sunset on the Patio served with Commander’s Palace signature shades. The drink is made with Herradura tequila, Rhum Clement Creole Shrubb orange liqueur and citrus juice.

The Pimm’s Cup

In the 1940s, the owner of the Napoleon House took Pimm’s #1 creation and gave it a New Orleans twist by adding a splash of lemonade, 7UP® and a garnishing it with a cool cucumber. Order it with a muffuletta and you’ll wonder why Napoleon ever showed up.

The Drive-Thru (or Walk-Thru) Daiquiri

Adults need snoballs, too. Daiquiris come in a zillion flavors and colors and the best part is they freeze well if you have a fridge in your hotel or B&B. Get the biggest one they’ve got and enjoy it over two nights.

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