Libations for Locals: Keeping Your Cool
Rain or shine, summertime in New Orleans means soaring temperatures and sub-tropical humidity. Here’s how to keep icy, refreshing and delightfully intoxicating beverages close at hand.
Bourreé at Boucherie
Chef Nathanial Zimet’s delicious empire has taken over a section of South Carrollton Avenue and you aren’t hearing any complaints — especially when Bourreé moved from the cottage on Jeanette to the building that formerly housed Cafe Nino. Aside from spicy chicken wings, cracklins and an entire deli case dedicated to house-smoked and cured meats, Bourreé is easily one of the best places to find a fresh fruit daiquiri in the Crescent City. Chilling out is easy breezy with one of their daiquiris like a Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter made with passion fruit, Old New Orleans Crystal Rum and Earl Grey tea simple syrup, or try an old standby The G&TD with Greenhall’s London Dry Gin and cucumber kaffir lime leaf syrup.
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 510-4040, bourreenola.com
Revel Cafe & Bar
Known nationally for his skills behind the stick, Chris McMillian recently shifted gears and opened a joint all his own. Located on North Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City, Revel Cafe & Bar is a casual spot where sampling the concoctions created by McMillian is practically a requirement, especially his signature Mint Julep served in a glistening pewter cup with small beads of condensation clinging to the sides. But there’s no reason to stop there. Let the master take you on a spirited journey through cool, cocktail bliss, while munching on tempura shrimp, house nachos with slow-smoked pork or a crawfish grilled cheese with gouda and pepper jack cheeses.
133 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-6122, facebook.com/revelcafeandbar
Cocktails and cake come together in harmony at the Bakery Bar located on Annunciation Street. Not too long ago the space that once housed Eleven79, a beloved Creole Italian eatery in the Lower Garden District, was transformed into the bright and beguiling Bakery Bar where one can have her cake and drink it too. Launched by the baking team behind Debbie Does Doberge, Bakery Bar features thick slices of many-layered doberge cake, sandwiches and a sinful cocktail menu created by Jeff Schwartz formerly from Twelve Mile Limit. Scarf a couple of Key Lime “dobites,” while lapping up an Absinthe Frappe with mint, sugar and plenty of shaved ice.
1179 Annunciation St., (504) 265-8884, bakery.bar
Inside this brand new, 35-room, Central Business District boutique hotel, resides the city’s first pisco bar. In an effort to share Peruvian culture with the visitors and denizens of New Orleans, the Catahoula Hotel offers a gorgeous space with traces of the tropics to grab a stool, pull up to the wooden bar and get a taste of Peru without ever leaving the states. Try the Chilcano, a cool, bubbling mixture of pisco and ginger beer or perhaps a refreshing Pisco Sour with fresh lime juice and frothy egg whites. The hotel also offers tasty tidbits like chilled gazpacho, anchovy with marinated artichoke and “Solterito Arequipa” — a salad made with butter leaf lettuce, fava beans, sweet corn, chili paste and queso fresco.
914 Union St., (504) 603-2442, catahoulahotel.com