It wouldn’t be Fat Tuesday without good friends, beads, lively spirits…and, of course, cocktails. Many cocktails are associated with Mardi Gras and New Orleans.
The city has a rich cocktail history and is home to the Museum of the American Cocktail and the Original Cocktail Walking Tour. The first cocktail, Sazarac, was invented here in the early 1800s by a local pharmacist as a way to relieve stomach aches. And, of course, the Hurricane is synonymous with New Orleans. It’s credited to tavern owner, Pat O’Brien, who is the 1940s needed a recipe to get rid of the large stock of rum – which was not as popular as scotch and whiskey.
For this year’s celebration, we’ve selected our top three cocktails to share with you:
Southern Comfort Cocktail
1 ounce Southern Comfort
4 ounces chilled sparkling wine
Dash Angostura bitters
Lemon peel twist
Pour Southern Comfort into champagne glass. Add bitters then sparkling wine. Top with lemon peel.
New Orleans Fizz (also known as Ramos Gin Fizz)
1 ½ ounces gin
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ¼ ounces simple syrup
2 ounces half & half or cream (or milk)
1 small egg white
2 dashes fleurs d’orange (orange flower water)
Place all ingredients except club soda into cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously to ensure the egg and cream are well mixed. Strain into highball glass with ice. Top with club soda.
Brandy Milk Punch
2 ounces brandy or bourbon
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Place brandy, milk and sugar into cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into old-fashioned glass with ice. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Here’s to all the doubloons you can garner, beads you dare wear and to the spirits you drink. Happy Fat Tuesday!
Barbara and Beverly