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Cheers! 10 Cocktails From New Orleans To Help You Celebrate Mardi Gras Like A Boss

Matt Lawrence | PopWrapped Author

Matt Lawrence

Updated 12/30/2016 9:56pm
Cheers! 10 Cocktails From New Orleans To Help You Celebrate Mardi Gras Like A Boss | Mardi Gras
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Mardi Gras is right around the corner and your PopWrapped community wants to make sure that you celebrate properly. Continuing our countdown to Fat Tuesday, today we are going to make sure your drink of choice is in the Spirit of New Orleans. We stuck with traditional New Orleans style cocktails for our selections, if you like wine or craft brews we assumed you would just go buy your usual. For those of you looking to step on out of your comfort zone; stock up supplies and sip on these. Special shout out to Seriouseats.com where I was able to find the ingredient list and how to properly mix them up. Cheers!

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1) Ramos Fizz (Ramos Gin Fizz)

Start your day off with this New Orleans born brunch drink.

What you'll need:

2 ounces gin

1 ounce cream

1 egg white

1/2 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce lime juice

2 teaspoons sugar, to taste

2-3 drops orange flower water

Seltzer

How to Mix:

Combine everything except seltzer in a cocktail shaker. Tradition dictates that the drink be shaken very hard for at least one and preferably two full minutes with ice. You can cheat by either whisking the mixture with a milk-frother or whisk (or tossing a spring from a Hawthorne strainer into the shaker and using that to whip the ingredients) until foamy, and then shaking with ice for a good 20 seconds, or you can buckle down and take the fully authentic ride, while working off the calories you’ll be taking in from the cream and sugar. Strain into a chilled Collins glass and add an ounce or two of chilled seltzer, to taste.

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2) Hurricane

The standard bearer of all New Orleans based cocktails, do not buy that premixed stuff! Don't do it - you cheat yourself out of good potency and taste. Premixes usually contain a whole bunch of sugar that can make drinks way too sweet.

What you'll need:

2 ounces dark Jamaican rum (Coruba, Appleton Extra, Appleton Reserve, preferably)

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 ounce passion fruit syrup

How To Mix:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add plenty of crushed ice. Shake well and pour, unstrained, into old fashioned glass, tiki mug or Hurricane glass. Garnish with orange slice and a cherry.

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3) Sazerac

Considered by many to be the genesis of cocktails, New Orleans original sophisticated mixture.

What you'll need:

1 teaspoon sugar

3 or 4 dashes Peychaud's Bitters

a few drops water

2 ounces rye whiskey (such as Sazerac Rye)

1 teaspoon Herbsaint, Pernod, pastis, or absinthe

lemon peel

How to mix: 1.Chill an Old Fashioned glass or small tumbler in your freezer.

2.In a mixing glass, combine sugar, Peychaud’s Bitters, and a few drops of water. Mix until sugar is dissolved, and add rye. Add plenty of ice, and stir for about 30 seconds.

3.Pour Herbsaint, pastis, or absinthe into your chilled glass, and rotate glass until the inside is well coated; discard the excess. Strain the liquid from your mixing glass into the serving glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink. Indulge.

Mardi Gras foodandwine.com

4) Pimm's Cup

Less on potency, filled with fresh fruit and vegetable, and oh so refreshing.

What you'll need:

1/2 a small cucumber, sliced thin

8 strawberries, sliced thin

1/2 an orange, sliced thin

1/2 a lemon, sliced thin

1/2 a green apple, sliced thin

1 quart ice

1 cup (8 ounces) Pimm's No. 1 Cup

3 cups (24 ounces) Sprite, 7-Up, or other clear citrus soda

Mint sprigs to garnish

How to Mix: Layer fruit slices and ice in a pitcher. Add Pimm's and soda. Stir gently with a wooden spoon to combine. Pour into glasses making sure to get fruit and ice in each glass. Garnish with mint, and serve.

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5) Vieux Carre

Named after the French term for what is now known as the "French Quarter", born out of Nola's own Carousel Bar. Cheers, just make sure you moderate so that you aren't seeing the room spin whilst not on a carousel.

What you'll need:

1/2 teaspoon Benedictine

1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters

1 dash Angostura Bitters

3/4 ounce rye whiskey

3/4 ounce cognac

3/4 ounce sweet vermouth

How to Mix: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice; stir well for 20 seconds and strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Mardi Gras seriuseats.com

6) French 75

Perhaps named after a French military gun of the same caliber, comparable to a Tom Collins, but all from the Bayou.

What you'll need:

2 ounces gin

1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons sugar

Champagne or sparkling wine

Garnish: long thin lemon spiral and cocktail cherry

How to mix: 1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute.

2. Top with Champagne. Stir gently, garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral and a cocktail cherry.

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7) Arnaud's Special

Southern cousin of a Rob Roy.

What you'll need:

2 ounces blended scotch whisky (Famous Grouse is a good option)

1 ounce Dubonnet Rouge

3 dashes orange bitters

orange twist, for garnish

How to mix: Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well for 20 seconds; strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist piece of orange peel over drink and use as garnish.

Mardi Gras foodandwine.com

8) Pomme En Croute

Twist on a New Orleans classic, from a bartender at a classic New Orleans establishment. Cheers to the remix!

What you'll need:

1 orange wedge

2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 ounces Laird's Applejack (80 proof)

1/2 ounce Campari

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 orange

1/2 ounce juice from 1 lemon

Garnish: Orange twist

How to mix:

1. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with the orange wedge. Pour sugar onto a plate or square of waxed paper and roll lip of glass in sugar to coat.

2. Fill shaker with ice and add applejack, Campari, orange and lemon juices. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with orange twist.

Mardi Gras nola.com

9) Hand Grenade

Home is a Tropical Island themed restaurant, but we found a recipe so you can make your own.

What you'll need:

- 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

How to mix:

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

Mardi Gras eater.com

10) Bywater Cocktail

Another modern day addition to the tradition of Authentic New Orleans cocktail making.

What you'll need:

1 3/4 ounces aged rum (Cruzan Single Barrel recommended)

3/4 ounce green Chartreuse

1/2 ounce Averna

1/4 ounce Velvet Falernum

 
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