Cocktails for Mardi Gras – Or Any Day You Feel Like Celebrating

Mardi Gras

Today is Mardi Gras, the last day of celebration for those planning to give up merriment and mayhem for Lent. Certainly an occasion that calls for a drink or two. Here are some suggestions:

Brandy Milk Punch: This classic New Orleans brunch cocktail is the perfect way to start off a day of revelry.

Hurricane: The New Orleans classic Tiki drink, the pride of Mardi Gras, the Hurricane was created at Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans. The version they serve today is reputed to be putrid, but this recipe will set you up nicely.

Daiquiri: Like the Hurricane, Daiquiris are served all up and down Bourbon Street. But those slushy, Slurpee-like concoctions bear little resemblance to the real thing. Here is the real thing.

Sazerac: The premier New Orleans cocktail. This boozy, but balanced classic is one of the first cocktails on record.

French 75: If you’re looking for something a little more elegant, it’s hard to go wrong with this.

Vieux Carré: A drink from the 1930s, created at what would later become the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone, and named after the city’s famed French Quarter. Let the great Dale DeGroff show you how to make one.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!