Though the temperatures outside might not say it, the holidays are officially upon us. Lights, garland, and bows line Canal Street, Reveillon dinners are in full swing, and Fulton Street has become a holiday wonderland for families to enjoy. If you’re like me, nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit quite like the flavor of peppermint. So whether you’re into cocktails, ice cream, cookies, or candy (or all of the above) here are eight places for minty-cool treats.
PEPPERMINT TREATS IN NEW ORLEANS
Clancy’s House-Made Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae
Often referred to as the “Uptown Galatoire’s,” this upscale neighborhood restaurant is where you’ll find fried oysters with melted brie and the best paneed veal in town. But any regular will tell you that no meal at Clancy’s is complete without the brownie topped with house-made peppermint ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Sucre’s Peppermint Macarons, Marshmallows, and Drinking Chocolate
This local confection shop and gelateria is known for their delicious, lighter-than-air macaroons in fun, seasonal flavors. Right now you can treat yourself (or someone you love) to a box of peppermint macaroons with white chocolate peppermint ganache. In addition, a bag of peppermint marshmallows or peppermint drinking chocolate makes for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.
Creole Creamery’s Peppermint Ice Cream
Located Uptown and in Lakeview, this local ice cream shop comes out with unique flavors all year round. And while peppermint might not be as unique as say, “Christmas Morning” with flavors of vanilla bean, brown sugar, orange and cinnamon, it’s still undeniably delicious. I like to enjoy my minty scoop as a junior sundae with hot fudge, whipped cream, peanuts, wafer cookie, and a cherry on top.
La Louisiane Bakery’s Peppermint Cannoli
Serving many New Orleans restaurants and cafes, this local bakery is known for their specialty cakes and bread items. Try their peppermint cannoli, available for a limited time.
Maple St. Patisserie’s Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Are you one of those people that stockpiles Girl Scout thin mints in the freezer? Well, here’s your holiday fix! Maple St. Patisserie’s chocolate peppermint cookies are dipped in white chocolate and studded with crushed peppermint pieces. Grab a whole bag for under $8.
Caribbean Room’s Mile High Pie
If you live in New Orleans have a pulse, you’ve probably heard of the Mile High Pigh at the newly renovated Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. Meringue, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint ice cream are layered on top of a cookie crust and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Bring a friend; this one’s a doozie.
Sazerac Bar’s Santa’s Candy Cane Cocktail
Not only is the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel festive this time of year, but so are the drinks at the famous Sazerac bar. Try Santa’s Candy Cane made with Rumple Mintz peppermint schnapps, creme de cacao, heavy cream, raspberry swirl, and a candy cane garnish.
Lucy’s Retired Surfers’ Candy Cane Shot
The Warehouse District is quite spirited these days with family friendly activities like Miracle on Fulton Street, including fake snow, gingerbread displays, and visits from Santa Claus. But when the kids aren’t around, stop in this popular bar/restaurant and shoot back a candy cane shot made with Rumple Mintz peppermint schnapps, grenadine, and a little heavy cream.