The home to classic cocktails like the Sazerac and the Vieux Carré, New Orleans is an historic drinking destination. But anyone who’s ever walked down Bourbon Street knows that it’s not all craft cocktails. The Big Easy’s main boozy attraction comes blended—and, often, in a styrofoam cup.
In the early 1980s, frozen Daiquiris and other blended and boozy refreshments took over the city’s raucous drinking scene, and they’ve reigned supreme ever since. Stands on Bourbon Street boast 32 ounces for less than $10 and feature 20 machines swirling neon-colored slush. Don’t want to walk to get your frozen fix? That’s okay—drive-through Daiquiri stands offer just as many flavors. They’re as potent as they are sweet—which is to say, very—spiked with everything from brandy and rum to vodka and 190-proof Everclear. As you may have guessed, these frozen treats should not be confused with the Daiquiri you’d find at a craft cocktail bar. They are their own new breed of beast.