New Orleans hasn’t come this far by being overwhelmed with negative thoughts. Crescent City true believers desired to put this city back together after Hurricane Katrina, and they wanted to do it right. It has been nine years and two months since more than 80 percent of the city was under the waters of Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico, and the work at hand isn’t done yet. But we’ve come a long way, baby.

Positive thoughts have taken root both in our community and within our collective psyches. We really believe we can achieve great results by pulling together and doing the hard work.

We need to keep going. That also means supporting a very young, inexperienced but well-coached LSU football team; heading to the new stadium Uptown in its inaugural year to cheer on the Tulane Green Wave; and dreaming the ultimate dream the Saints returning to the Super Bowl.

In that spirit, one of our newest New Orleanians, the renowned author and lecturer and now the brains and brawn behind a new restaurant and bar, Latitude 29, in the French Quarter, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry – the ultimate definer of today’s Tiki culture – has done what he does best and created the Super Bowl.

Made to be shared, both in liquid and positive vibes, this drink can put us in the proper frame of mind to root, root, root for all of our home teams.

Super Bowl
3 ounces fresh orange juice
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
1 ounce vanilla syrup
1 ounce passion fruit syrup
3 ounces Sazerac Rye whiskey

Shake all ingredients with ice cubes. Pour into a Tiki bowl. Add more cubes to fill.

Garnish with an ice cone in the center of a bowl, topped with a flaming “victory torch” and orange wheels on the side – and of course, Saints-logo cocktail umbrellas. Serve with 2 long straws. 

Serves 2

“Because a Bum can Dream”
By Beachbum Berry, Proprietor of Latitude 29
Latitude 29 Restaurant and Bar, 321 N. Peters St.,