February 13 is Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, and a time to indulge. I am of the belief that, like on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is NOLA native on Fat Tuesday, so a celebration is in order. I’m also a sucker for an excuse to eat pancakes, King Cake, and drink cocktails, so Laissez les bons temps rouler!
New Orleans is known for its incredible cocktails, some dating back to the 1800s, and like a good classic, they still stand the test of time. Here are five classic New Orelans cocktail recipes to make for Fat Tuesday — or any night you want a taste of Mardi Gras.
Top: Brandy Milk Punch | Tara’s Multicultural Table
Nothing says New Orleans like a Hurricane Cocktail, and this recipe at The Kitchn is the original classic. The blend of rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon is dangerously delicious. Don’t forget the maraschino cherry garnish, because it’s a party after all.
The Vieux Carré Cocktail at Kitchen Riffs is an old-school cocktail that originated in New Orleans in the 1930s. The boozy blend of whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, and a splash of Bénédictine liqueur will having you truly feeling “The Big Easy” in more ways than one.
Even older than the Vieux Carré, the Ramos Gin Fizz at The Drink Blog is a cocktail that originates from the late 1800s. This creamy, citrusy, fizzy gin drink is as refreshing as it is delicious.
Another creamy Creole classic is the Brandy Milk Punch, and this recipe at Tara’s Multicultural Table is totally delicious. Don’t believe me? With brandy, milk, vanilla, and nutmeg, it’s like a boozy milkshake! Now what do you think?
The Sazerac Cocktail is a historic NOLA creation and the ultimate classic cocktail for Mardi Gras. In fact, some argue this official drink of NOLA is the oldest known American cocktail ever! Made with Sazerac Rye Whiskey, absinthe, and bitters, this strong cocktail is meant for slow sipping and relaxing, as you do in the Big Easy. You’ll find many recipe variations, but Gastronomista shares the real deal.