Fat Tuesday Festivities

by Ashley Roling

Mardi Gras falling the day before Valentine’s Day this year? Some say coincidence, I say fate. If you’re like me and looking for a more literal way of lifting your spirits this week, I have created a list covering some of the most iconic drinks out of New Orleans- one of the biggest Mardi Gras destinations- if you can’t make it down to join the party. Whether you are hoping to indulge before the Lenten season strikes or seeking out a little liquid courage before locking down Valentine’s plans, these drink recipes are guaranteed to help liven up any Tuesday.

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The Hand Grenade

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. vodka

1 ½ oz. gin

1 ½ oz. rum

1 ½ oz. melon liqueur

Optional: sweeteners (juices, simple syrup, etc.)

 

Instructions:

  1. Pour equal parts vodka, gin, rum, and melon liqueur into a shaker and shake vigorously to mix.

  2. Sweeten the drink with simple syrup till desired taste is reached. Simple syrup can be made by boiling equal parts sugar and water.

  3. The drink can be diluted with water or juice from cantaloupe or honeydew to enhance melon flavors. Shake well to mix these optional ingredients.

  4. Fill a glass with ice. Pour the finished drink over the ice and enjoy.

 

The Hurricane

Ingredients:

1 oz. white rum

1 oz. dark rum

1 oz. Bacardi 151 rum

1 oz. orange juice.

½ oz. fresh lime juice.

1 Tablespoon simple syrup.

1 tablespoon grenadine syrup

Optional: fruit wedges for garnish

 

Instructions:

  1. Measure and combine all ingredients.

  2. Mix or shake completely before serving with ice.

  3. Add desired fruit to cup for garnish. Traditionally, a Hurricane is served with cherries and an orange slice.

 

Strawberry Frozen Daiquiri

Ingredients:

½ cup of rum

½ cup confectioners sugar

Juice from half of a lemon

Juice from one lime

Juice from one orange

2 cups frozen strawberries

2 cups of ice

 

Instructions:

  1. Pour rum and confectioners sugar into blender. Shake lightly until all sugar is dissolved.

  2. Squeeze the juice from a lemon, lime, and orange into blender. Be careful to strain the juice for any seeds or pulp.

  3. Add in 2 cups of frozen strawberries and ice before blending into a smooth texture. Traditionally served to-go throughout New Orleans in styrofoam cups to retain temperature.

 

Creole Bloody Mary

Ingredients:

4 oz. vodka

1 ½ cups chilled tomato juice

2 ½ oz. canned bouillon, undiluted

1 tablespoon juice from lime

2 teaspoons Pickapeppa Sauce

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 dashes Pickapeppa Hot Red Pepper Sauce

Optional: ¼ teaspoon salt and celery pepper for taste, celery stalks and lime slices for garnish

 

Instructions:

  1. Measure and combine all ingredients.

  2. Shake completely before straining over ice.

  3. Add desired garnishes and a sprinkle of salt and celery pepper before serving.

Ashley Roling