There's a certain point in the summertime in New Orleans when regular ice just won't cut it in a cocktail - I need the entire cocktail to be ice. My affection for frozen cocktails has taken me far and wide in Nola to the point of seeing a well put together frozen drink on Instagram and following it all the way to its home (multiple times).
Since arriving here, I've been on the hunt for the best of the best in frozen drinks. Here are my top contenders:
5. THE MINT JULEP SNOBALL | BARELPROOF pictured above
I first saw this drink on The New Orleans Scout Guide's instagram and instantly had to have it. When I ordered it, I asked for the "mint julep snoball that I saw on instagram" but apparently they just consider this a plain mint julep. I crave about two of these a year, one for the Kentucky Derby and one when the real heat of summer begins. I won't call myself a MJ aficionado because beyond that, I don't know if I actually like eating little pieces of mint from a straw. This one was special because it was served in the signature silver julep cup, with a St. Germain straw that had a spoon on the end and a whole mint bush on top. I'd go back to this just for the ice and the fun of drinking it with the accessories.
4. FROZEN VODKA LEMONADE | NOLA DISTILLING
When the Nola Distillery opened around the corner from my house, I was delighted. When they posted that their frozen vodka lemonade was the five dollar cocktail of the day, I became a believer for life. These people have hit the perfect frozen cocktail trifecta - a delicate balance of perfect of tart, sweet and kick.
3. FREEZLING | THE DELACHAISE
Froze, or frozen rose wine, is an unmistakable phenomenon in this city. I've watched it jump from bar to bar, leaving nothing but destruction in its path as it took the place of much better and more beloved frozen cocktails. I will always thank the Delachaise on St. Charles for getting the memo that if we are going to freeze wine, we might as well make it good. Their riesling version of a froze is sweeter and more balanced than it's rose counterpart. It's also white, which is just an added uniqueness.
And while we're here, other notable frozen wine mention: FROZE | THE VINTAGE - These little cuties add a sliced strawberry to the top of your Froze and let me tell you - it makes all the difference.
2. FROZEN MIMOSA | SUPERIOR SEAFOOD
The mimosa is a universally loved drink, a perfect pair of bubbles and tart. Want to make it 80 times better? FREEZE IT. This cocktail forever changed my relationship with frozen drinks. It became the end all be all, the must have, the pièce de résistance of my life in the world of frozen cocktails. In it's hayday, this drink was available all day every day at Superior Seafood - but suddenly, it wasn't. Replaced instead by the delightfully uninspired trend of frozen rose, it was pushed to a brunch only offering. As I have mentioned to the poor bartenders there multiple times and in my yelp review, I will not rest until this injustice is resolved.
1. FROZEN FRENCH 75 | SUPERIOR SEAFOOD
Despite their aforementioned wrongdoing with the frozen mimosa offering, this place just understands what it takes to make a great frozen drink. The frozen french 75 is no exception. I don't even like gin and I'm still super into this drink. It also doesn't hurt that this place offers a 10 pm happy hour as a great streetcar stop at the end of the night - including large frozen drinks for the price of a small.
Honorable mention while still here: POMEGRANATE MOJITO | SUPERIOR SEAFOOD (pictured above)
Whats your go to frozen drink in Nola? Share in the comments!