Celebrate Mardi Gras with These Classic New Orleans Cocktails

Mardi Gras is among us, and just because you’re not in New Orleans doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! Pull out the beads and face masks, whip up a delicious King Cake, and sip on one or two (no one’s counting) of these must-have Mardi Gras cocktails!

Hurricane – This delicious mix of light and dark rums, fruit juices and a splash of Galliano is a staple on the New Orleans’ Mardi Gras scene.

2 oz dark rum
1 oz passion fruit syrup
1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Sazerac – The official cocktail of the city of New Orleans! (Recipe)

2 oz. rye whiskey
1/2 oz. simple syrup
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Absinthe or Herbsaint
Ice cubes

Give chilled glass an absinthe or Herbsaint rinse and set aside. Stir other ingredients in a mixing glass, strain into the chilled glass and garnish.

Daiquiri – This fruity frozen beverage can even be found at drive-thrus down in New Orleans. (Allrecipes)

6 cups ice
1/2 cup white sugar
4 ounces frozen strawberries
1/8 cup lime juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup rum
1/4 cup lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

In a blender, combine ice, sugar and strawberries. Pour in lime juice, lemon juice, rum and lemon-lime soda. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Ramos Gin Fizz – Originally called the New Orleans Fizz, the beverage was inducted into New Orlean’s Museum of the American Cocktail. (Recipe)

1 1/2 cups ice
2 fluid ounces gin
2 fluid ounces cold half-and-half
1/2 fluid ounce lemon juice
1/2 fluid ounce lime juice
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 egg white
3 dashes orange flower water
1 dash vanilla extract (optional)
1 fluid ounce cold club soda, or as needed

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in gin, half and half, lemon juice, and lime juice. Add sugar, egg white, orange flower water, and vanilla extract. Shake vigorously; rest a second, then shake a little more. Strain into a tall cocktail glass. Top off with club soda.

Hand Grenades – This sweet and very strong drink can be found in the hands of just about everybody during Mardi Gras! But pace yourself people – this drinks is straight alcohol.

1 1/2 oz gin
1 1/2 oz grain alcohol
1 1/2 oz melon liqueur
1 1/2 oz rum
1 1/2 oz vodka

Stir ingredients together in a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Add water and sugar if desired, to taste, and serve.



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