Both beloved and reviled, the frozen daiquiri in a Styrofoam cup from a drive-through has some solid upscale competition around town and wise restaurateurs are rolling out a plethora of options for those seeking to stay cool while imbibing this holiday weekend.
With a wrap-around balcony cooled by fans and overlooking a lively stretch of Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, you can sit and slurp all day while getting your people watching fix on at Gris-Gris. Try the refreshing Fresh Peach Frosé white peach sorbet, Grenache/Cinsault French Rosé blend, and Ketel One Botanicals Peach & Orange Blossom vodka. Get it by the glass or to go by the half-gallon or gallon.
Over in the Carrollton area, Bourree always has a rotating roaster of three seasonal frozen daquiris available. Enjoy one while taking in some live music. Currently available are Mr. T Time (vodka, black tea, lemonade and kafir simple syrup), G&T (gin, El Guapo tonic, and cucumber/mint simple syrup), and a snazzy take on the Hurricane (rum, fruit puree, Peychaud’s bitters, and Mojo/ Earl Grey tea syrup.
The lush, plant-draped patio at Copper Vine in the Central Business District is just the spot to get your chill on with a Frozen Sangria made with cucumber vodka, coconut water, strawberry, and cucumber.
If you have kiddos in tow, the scene at Fulton Alley in the warehouse District is always cool and family friendly with bowling for all and cocktails and an inventive menu that adults appreciate.
Craving a waterfront experience? Head across the lake to Tchefuncte’s and The Anchor in Madisonville on Saturday for the Madisonville Day Parade and fireworks at dusk. The Anchor will have live music all day from 11a.m.-8 p.m., and Tchefuncte’s, upstairs, is accepting reservations for dinner. Click HERE to book yours.
Happy Independence Day, everyone! Stay cool, have fun, and ya’ll play nice.