Tuesday, 21 December, 2010 15:34
Some Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras traditions aren’t found along the parade route – they’re found in a Styrofoam cup with a straw taped to the lid. Inevitably a topic of much discussion among out-of-town guests, the to-go daiquiri is a Shreveport-Bossier institution.
Employing a drive-through lane like that of a fast-food restaurant, many Louisiana liquor stores sell daiquiris and package liquor from a drive-through window. Of course, it’s illegal to drink and drive, so don’t be surprised when the store employee seals your drink lid with tape.
Tony’s Liquors located at 6241 Line Avenue in Shreveport is the first name in seasonal daiquiris, having created the extremely popular Eggnog Daiquiri. This Mardi Gras season, they’ll be debuting a new creation called the “Swamp Bomb,” a concoction devised by staff member Perry Woods, formerly a bartender at a Bourbon Street institution - The Famous Door.
It’s clear that their goal is to create a Mardi Gras frozen drink to rival New Orleans favorites like the “Hand Grenade.”
“We’re gonna bring a little bit of that New Orleans flavor up to Shreveport,” Woods said.
Cajun Daiquiri offers four locations throughout Shreveport, including a store just off the major parade route at 3306 Youree Drive offering two specialty drinks during parade season - the “Throw Me Something, Mister” and the “Mardi Gras.” Both drinks will be available beginning in mid-February, but if you’ve got a taste for a regional daiquiri legend, try the Cajun Curse, a potent lemonade-style drink revered by locals.
Interested in learning more about Shreveport-Bossier’s signature frozen drinks? Visit the Drink Swamp Water blog (http://drinkswampwater.blogspot.com).