Daiquiri Season, the month-long festival honoring the New Orleans frozen cocktail, kicks off Sept.1.
, the monthlong "festival" honoring New Orleans’ favorite frozen drink, kicks off Sept. 1.
The festival was a two-day event founded in 2011, but it was purchased by Tales of the Cocktail
in 2015. This year, the organizers have changed the concept, and restaurants and bars across the city will serve their own original frozen drinks. So far, 44 restaurants and bars have signed on to participate, ranging from high-end to lowbrow places, including Big Easy Daiquiris, Cane & Table, MoPho, High Hat Cafe, Bourree, El Libre, Sidney’s Saloon and others.
All 44 drink recipes will be reviewed by a panel of judges, which includes Big Freedia, Cuban-born bartender Julio Cabrera of Miami’s Regent Cocktail Club and freelance writer and editor Jennifer Cole. After narrowing down the selection to 12, the judges will do tastings on Sept. 12-13 and announcing their favorite. The public also is invited to vote for their favorite drink throughout the month on the festival’s website.
Daiquiri Season also helps restaurants and bars do extra business during the typically slow month of September, when the high heat-index keeps the town quieter than at other times of the year, says Ann Tuennerman, founder and executive director of Tales of the Cocktail.
“It’s really about having people come up with these interesting, fun frozen daiquiris, (which) is something that is very New Orleans,” Tuennerman says. “It’s a citywide celebration… and they’re great for our climate this time of year.”
The festival will run throughout the month of September. For more information on events and a full list of drinks, visit the Daiquiri Season website here.