Cold is Cool
Frozen granita with a kick
Sara Essex Bradley Photograph
Most of our treasured guests, and most local residents, “get” New Orleans. They enjoy the history and the culture. They slurp up the cuisine accompanied by legendary beverages. There is a certain feel to the air that isn’t a part of any place else.
In August we have a technical meteorological term for that air-feel: muggy. It is air you can touch, which is along the same lines as land you can’t walk on. Whenever our guests question our sanity for living in such a crazy, unique place we always have an answer. None of us have an answer for the heat and humidity of August. We can only work-around, make the best of the moment, stay in air-conditioning and drink cool.
CoolBrew, a local pre-brewed concentrated coffee that’s found in the refrigerated cases in grocery stores all over New Orleans, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To honor that happy accomplishment and to dispel the mugginess, the mixology team at Pearl Wine Company bar on Orleans Avenue have taken the Frozen Granita recipe from CoolBrew and created an adult version. Suddenly August is a very cool month for children and grown-ups alike.
CoolBrew Frozen Granita
2 ounces Original or Flavored CoolBrew Coffee Concentrate
4 ounces milk
2 cups ice
2 ounces simple syrup or 3 teaspoons sugar
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into glass and serve.
2 ounces Benjamin Prichard’s Sweet Lucy bourbon cream
3/4 ounce Nocello
1/4 ounce Hoodoo chicory liqueur
2 ounces CoolBrew Coffee Concentrate, Original or Flavored
2 cups ice
Garnish: whipped cream and powdered cocoa
Combine all ingredients, except garnish, in blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into short cocktail glass and add garnishes.