There's nothing like a good ole' daiquiri to cool you off after a long day in the New Orleans summer sun. Coming up on July 19 is National Daiquiri Day, which is the perfect excuse to explore the city's many spots for this delicious frozen cocktail! Whether you choose to just get one, or want to hit all the best spots in town, check out the five places below for ideas of how to celebrate National Daiquiri Day.
At Jazz Daiquiris & Lounge, you can choose from a list of eccentric flavors. All with a presentation to match its name and flavor, it'll be impossible to choose your favorite. There's Chicken and Watermelon with layers of pink, white, and green for the classic NOLA fan. The Tulane Green Wave and L.S.U. Tiger, which bleed the school colors, are perfect for having a school spirited drink at the next tailgate. Then there are the Fruit Loop and Cotton Candy to fulfill that sweet tooth. Whether you're grabbing one of each to discover your favorite, or your group all tries a different flavor, the list of options will go on and on. Make sure to carry some cash on you here as they are a cash only shop. 3400 S. Claiborne Ave., 504-899-8761, jazzdaiquiri.com.
Bouree at Bourcherie
Wings and daiquiris make for the ultimate combo in New Orleans. At Bouree, they recognize the greatness of the two and aim to serve the best of both worlds. The menu evolves with the changing seasons to serve the best and freshest fruity cocktails for you to enjoy while listening to the live music performances offered. You'll never have to miss the Gin & Tonic Daiquiri, however, because it uses a cucumber found in Louisiana year-round. With the menu constantly changing, there will always be a fun flavor to go and discover, but you'll want to try them before they are out of season and off the menu. Mango Bango? Hurricane? Berry Habanero? We will just have to wait and see what flavors are on tap on National Daiquiri Day. 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-510-4040, bourreenola.com.
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
Is it really a daiquiri tour without getting the purple drink at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop? This bar, built between 1722 and 1732, is reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. This place is perfect for those who want a taste of New Orleans voodoo in the French Quarter or those who want a preview of New Orleans's beloved Haunted Pub Crawls. With a piano bar and history that goes on for ages, this spot offers a different side to Bourbon Street fun. The Frozen Purple Voodoo drink is sure to be a unique daiquiri to add to your list for July 19. 941 Bourbon St., 504-593-9761, lafittesblacksmithshop.com.
Daiquiri Paradise has been providing a fun atmosphere and delicious drinks since 1989. With pool, darts, and other party games, this spot is great for enjoying daiquiris with your friends or family on National Daiquiri Day. You can get the smallest option (12 oz.) and try multiple flavors or stick to your group's favorite and go big with the gallon (128 oz.)! There is also a drive-thru line, making it a quick and convenient stop on your National Daiquiri Day tour. Whether you're sticking to the classics and getting Strawberry or Lemonade, or being bold with the White Russian or Jungle Juice, be sure to check this place out on July 19.
By the way, every location of Daiquiri Paradise will be offering a Buy One, Get One free special of anything on the menu only on National Daiquiri Day. So definitely make sure to stop by! Multiple locations, daiquiriparadise.com.
After Hurricane Katrina, the destruction of a certain corner was turned into a beloved neighborhood favorite known as Melba's. Melba's might be known for their po-boys, but their daiquiris are also fan favorites. Unique flavors include King Cake, 9th Ward, Black and Gold, Party Droper, and so many more. On Monday's, you can enjoy 12 oz. daiquiris for just $1 (and yes, July 19 is on a Monday!) 1525 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-267-7765, melbas.com.