5 Essential Mardi Gras Cocktails

This year, Fat Tuesday falls on March 5th which means the parties in New Orleans will begin in the last week of February and run until Ash Wednesday, which is March 6th. If you’re not going to celebrate in New Orleans though, Fat Tuesday is usually the one day to indulge – hence the name Fat Tuesday!

The music, parades, beads, and libations are what make this holiday special. People adorn themselves in jeweled colors, wear masks and costumes and go out to parties to have a wild time. This year, why don’t you make some classic Mardi Gras cocktails? I’m sure your guests will enjoy them! Here are five fantastic drinks to get the party started!

The Hurricane

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  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 Tbsp. passion fruit flavored syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 C. ice

Directions: Combine dark rum, light rum, passion fruit syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Mardi Totem Pole

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  • 5oz kiwi puree
  • .25oz lime juice
  • .25 simple syrup
  • 5oz Absolut Mandarin
  • 1oz Passionfruit puree
  • Peychaud bitters

Directions: Combine the kiwi puree, lime juice, and simple syrup in a shaker, and the Absolut Mandarin and Passionfruit puree in another. Shake both with ice. In a tall, clear glass pour the kiwi puree mixture, add ice, and then pour the contents of the shaker. Top with Peychaud bitters and more crushed ice. Garnish with a sugar cane, kiwi slice, and umbrella.

Vieux Carre Cocktail

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  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1 fluid ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 fluid ounce cognac
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/8 ounce Benedictine® liqueur
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash Peychaud bitters

Directions: In a coupe glass, add ice, cognac, vermouth, and Benedictine. Shake in Angostura and Peychaud bitters. Stir and strain into a short cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Ramos Gin Fizz

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  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 dashes orange flower water
  • 1 dash vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 fluid ounce cold club soda, or as needed
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 2 fluid ounces gin
  • 2 fluid ounces cold half-and-half
  • 1/2 fluid ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 fluid ounce lime juice

Directions: Shake the gin, half and half, lemon juice, and lime juice with ice. Then, add sugar, egg white, orange flower water, and vanilla extract and shake again. Strain into tall glass and top with club soda.

Circus of Sour

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  • 5 oz DeLeón Reposado Tequila
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz Simple syrup
  • 4-6 Dashes Angostura bitters

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass and stir. Add ice and bitters on top and enjoy!


Have a safe and happy Mardi Gras!