We’re going let you in on a little secret: It can get a little hot and humid in New Orleans in the summertime and a little chilly in the winter months. Order one of these signature New Orleans cocktails to cool down or warm up (funny how it works both ways, right?)
This purple slushy concoction is a New Orleans must and can be found at Vieux Carré Venues like Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, Maison Bourbon Jazz Club and My Bar @ 635. While the recipe is secret, everyone knows what you mean when you refer to "the Purple Drank." There are certain things you simply must experience when you come to New Orleans and this is one of them.
Louisiana Governor Huey Long's favorite drink was the Ramos Gin Fizz. The Kingfish once brought a bartender with him to New York so he could make his fizzes just right. This classic New Orleans cocktail was invented in New Orleans in 1888 by Henry C. Ramos at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon. While the Imperial is no longer, you can still find the Ramos Gin Fizz most anywhere in town. We're partial to the version at the Hermes Bar at Antoine's. It's a little sweet and a lot of foamy.
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.
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 like the Cat 5 Hurricane at Red Fish Grill. It really packs punch.
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 is 100 years old this year – it 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.
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.
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.
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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