The traditional New Orleans-style daiquiri shop is often trimmed in neon, generally found along main drags and typically decked in colors as bright at their signature drinks. These shops are hard to miss. But lately, the daiquiri has been finding a home in a broader range of bars and restaurants. Here’s a scouting report on some of the options out there.
Booty’s Street Food
800 Louisa St., (504) 266-2887; bootysnola.com
The signature Bywater bomber, a blend of rum, juices, rosewater and bitters, was joined recently by the Bangkok blizzard, mellow and fragrant with lychee fruit and Thai basil, served in a cocktail class and garnished with a lime wedge.
Freret Street Publiq House
4528 Freret St., (504) 826-9912; publiqhouse.com
A music club with the largest selection of “new-school” daiquiris, here dubbed frozen cocktails, with at least a half-dozen flavors, including the fruit juice and rum blend known as the crawgator.
The Organic Banana
1100 N. Peters St., (504) 587-7903
A day-drinker’s find, making fresh fruit daiquiris to order from a stand in the French Market.
The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515; therustynail.biz
The Pimm’s Cup daiquiri is in constant rotation alongside the disco lemonade, a snowy whip of vodka and sake.
961 St. Mary St., (504) 523-0050; thesaintneworleans.com
The beer taps at this backstreet bar are flanked by a quartet of daiquiri dispensers, recently stocked with Irish coffee, margarita, jungle juice and a watermelon/cucumber/basil combination.
219 N. Peters St., (504) 525-4111; saintlawrence nola.com
This gastropub doubles as another outlet for the mellow tang of Pimm’s Cup daiquiris, with alternates like blueberry and basil, as well.
1135 Decatur St., (504) 524-9822
Two rather exotic finds powered by liqueurs from New Orleans-based specialty bar supplier Bittermens include a Tepache-Rita (made from fermented pineapple) and the frozen Mo, a grapefruit mimosa with sparking wine, juice and a cinnamon and bitter orange.
There’s always room for coffee, and these three Irish pubs have long blurred the difference between postprandial and daiquiri with frozen Irish coffee drinks.