NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — If you’re headed to New Orleans, you not only need to brush up on your food vocabulary, but also your drinking definitions. There’s more than a few drinks you must try. Remember that you CAN drink in the street but NO GLASS is allowed on the street. That means you can walk into a liquor store and buy a bottle of beer to go, but it must in a paper bag or more preferably poured by the cashier into a plastic cup for you.
Hurricane: New Orleans’ most famous drink. The fruity concoction is served at Pat O’Briens (order cheaper versions at the patio bar instead of sitting down at the patio tables). However, the best Hurricane (it gives you less gut rot) can be found at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop.
Hand Grenade: Bourbon Street’s most popular drink (besides Bourbon?) made famous by the plastic toy hand grenades included in each drink, the green color, the Ecto Cooler-like flavor, and The Tropical Isle’s multiple store fronts and to-go counters along Bourbon Street. (See Clover Grill for Hand Grenade hangover remedy.)
Pimm’s Cup: A British drink served around the city, but best found at the Napoleon House. It’s a light and refreshing sipper made from Pimm’s No. 1, lemonade, 7up, and a cucumber.
Chicory Coffee: Sold at Cafe du Monde, the legendary French coffee hangout and beignet baker, located right off Jackson Square.
Clover Grill: A 24 hour gay diner with cheap and fast greasy food. Also, where drunks go on Bourbon Street after a night of drinking.