Monday, March 14, 2011

The 'Cajun Curse' and Cajun on Youree

Who's the bottom in this relationship?
If you drink daiquiris (I do, obvs) and live in Shreveport (71105), odds are you're already familiar with the abomination to the right: an enormous crawfish and a bi-pedal alligator sharing a daiquiri of unholy size and color, presumably somewhere in a radiation-shocked, post-apocalyptic swampland. This lovely work of art greets those weary souls who drive through the Cajun Daiquiris on Youree Drive, home of the dreaded "Cajun Curse."

The "Cajun Curse" is, in my personal opinion, the strongest daiquiri in north Louisiana. The flavor is somewhat reminiscent of a margarita, but kicked up with a lemonade tartness. Truth is, drink a large (44 oz.) and you will not be able to remember what the damned thing tasted like. This drink could be used by battlefield surgeons in lieu of morphine. Do not step to the "Cajun Curse" unless you are ready to go off the rails, entirely. I asked my friend Kathy, who also cottons to the frozen daiquiris of Shreveport, about this drink. "That stuff made my husband howl at the moon one night," she said.
I hate to give anyone the impression that I consume Jell-O shots, but Cajun also serves about 60 flavors of Jell-O shot, including one called "Dragon's Fire" that is, essentially, Scotch Jell-O. It is the only Jell-O shot that one can feel manly for having drank (ate? slurped?). It put hair on my chest.

I'm not gonna lie: There's some disappointing stuff about this particular location of Cajun Daiquiris. Specifically, one of their specialty Mardi Gras drinks (only available the weeks of Shreveport-Bossier City's Mardi Gras parades) is terrible, and they suspend happy hour specials during Mardi Gras parades. This is Louisiana, guys - we really shouldn't be suspending happy hour on parade days. It should be happy hour all day long on parade days. They make two Mardi Gras specialty drinks, the "Throw Me Something, Mister" and the "Taste of Mardi Gras." The "Taste of Mardi Gras" is pretty tasty, a mix of the Vodka Freeze and the "Cajun Curse." However, the "Throw Me Something, Mister" didn't make me want to throw beads. It made me want to throw up. Faintly chocolatey, faintly grapey, faintly trash juicey...a bad scene, altogether.

But, at the end of the day, Cajun on Youree can be counted on to deliver potent, skull-numbing concoctions that are a good value for the price.

1 comment:

  1. how is it i was not aware of this blog? reading your blog is the way i first got to know you :) This brings back memories. also makes me sad that i can't enjoy a fine daiquiri anymore.