While not all of us are lucky enough to jet down to Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras, you can still channel the Big Easy at home.
Here are five classic New Orleans cocktails to celebrate Mardi Gras:
- Ramos Fizz: Get ready to shake, shake, and shake some more. This light drink combines gin, juice, cream, and an egg white, and when it was created in 1888, was shaken for 12 minutes total to achieve the perfect, meringue-like texture. See recipe
- Sazerac: One of American’s earliest cocktails, the Sazerac is a homegrown New Orleans classic. It was made by Antoine Peychaud, a pharmacist, who eventually created Peychaud’s Bitters. See recipe
- Pimm’s Cup: A Pimm’s Cup is a mild, light summertime drink made with Pimm’s liqueur, sometimes described as a cross between a Vodka Collins and Mint Julep. Sweet and refreshing, it is very popular in the hot New Orleans months. See recipe
- Hurricane: Made popular in the 1930s by New Orleans bar owner Pat O’Brien, this cocktail has become a staple for Mardi Gras. With a mixture of light and dark rums with fresh fruit juices, it definitely goes down easy. See recipe
- Vieux Carre: This cocktail is named for the French Quarter (Vieux Carre literally means “old square” in French). This cocktail is Louisiana’s take on the Manhattan, but with much more spice from the rye, vermouth, and bitters. See recipe
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