Cotton Blues Lemon Icebox Pie is one of the most popular desserts on the Cotton Blues menu.
With its picture-perfect meringue and the delicate balance of sweet and sour, the dessert screams south Mississippi.
Between 2012 and 2016, patrons of Cotton Blues begged pastry chef Shaun Davis to share the recipe. In May of 2016, Chef Shaun and owner Chris Ortego let the cat out of the bag by publishing step-by-step video instructions.
“You can find some great lemon icebox recipes on the internet, there’s no secret ingredient in ours,” says Cotton Blues owner Chris Ortego. “But Chef Shaun’s execution of our lemon icebox pie is what sets it apart. That’s why we wanted to offer recipe in a video format.”
In the video, you can see how Chef Shaun makes the gingersnap/vanilla wafer crust and pipes a beautiful meringue.
“Great food is not the only aspect of a great restaurant. Service and atmosphere also set a restaurant apart,” says Ortego. “We’re comfortable sharing some recipes because we believe it makes an overall great experience for our customers and it allows us to play a bigger roll in the culinary community.”