Drive-Thru Daiquiri Shops Are A Louisiana Thing!

Happy Tuesday and today at Home I am celebrating a Louisiana Thing – Frozen Daiquiris for National Daiquiris Day ! A Thing we can all celebrate this Hot and Humid Tuesday ! Here’s a little history and a tasty recipe for everyone to try at home-if you are not close to a drive through.

It’s generally accepted that the first drive-thru daiquiri stand opened in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1981; the state had no laws against drinking and driving at the time, and although the new business experienced some pushback from the community, it wasn’t enough to shut it down, or to dampen its popularity

How Is This A Thing?

Like the one in Lafayette, open container laws soon spread throughout the state. The Louisiana Open Container law (LSA 32:300) pretty much states that a frozen daiquiri isn’t an open container unless there are certain conditions:

“Open alcoholic beverage container” shall not mean any bottle, can, or other receptacle that contains a frozen alcoholic beverage unless the lid is removed, a straw protrudes therefrom, or the contents of the receptacle have been partially removed.”

Tape. That’s how. A small piece of tape is all that prevents drive-thru daiquiri customers from getting pulled over and charged with driving with an open container.

According to Mizell-Nelson, the whole tape on the lid phenomenon  got started  in the early 1980s when the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, introduced a law “forbidding open containers of alcohol in ‘moving vehicles’.” This caused one daiquiri store owner to get creative and claim that his containers were sealed because “the lids were taped to foam cups.”

This interpretation of the law still persists, decades and millions of daiquiris later.

Other States: Mississippi, Texas , Florida

Our Local Shop : Daddy Boo’s

Port Barre, Louisiana ; HWY 109

Strawberry Daiquiris


  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 5 ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces light rum
  • juice of 1 lime
  • fresh strawberries and lime slices for garnish if desired.


  1. Add frozen and fresh strawberries, simple syrup, rum and lime juice to a blender or food processor. Blend until completely smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh berries and lime slices if desired.

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