Daiquiri Bring out the blenders — it's summer in New Orleans and the time to enjoy refreshing frozen cocktails with friends. The Big Easy has an impressive roster of signature drinks to beat the heat. So raise a responsible glass with one of these frosty beverages.


We're not sure if it's the smoothie-like texture or the bright colors, but daiquiris seem a lot like milkshakes for adults - minus the milk and with a hefty dose of alcohol, of course. Pick up a daiquiri from Fat Tuesday New Orleans Original Daiquiris, making simultaneous sightseeing and imbibing a no-brainer.
Hand Grenades
Don't be fooled by the friendly smiley face on the hand grenades' signature green yard-glass container - this potent drink has a boozy kick, hidden by a sweet veil of melon flavor. Tropical Isle has been serving up this famous New Orleans beverage, which comes frozen or on the rocks, for nearly 30 years. Although the exact recipe is a closely guarded secret, one thing's for sure: This smooth, fruity drink is a surefire way to cool off and catch a buzz.
Ice Cream Floats
Transported straight from childhood memories into contemporary restaurants around town, ice-cream floats have gotten a  grown-up makeover. Try the prosecco float with blood-orange sorbet, vanilla ice cream and pistachio cookies at Lilette Restaurant. Or opt for Bourbon House's rendition, which uses milk, ice cream and Old Foresters bourbon.
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