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Mardi Gras 2021

Mardi Gras also known as Fat Tuesday began in 1875, and originated as the last day to gourmandize and drink to excess all you desire before Lent begins (a legal holiday in Louisiana). This celebration conjures up the colors of green, yellow and purple, the colors of the infamous beads, masks and King Cake. The cake is one of Mardi Gras most popular traditions along with its own historic cocktail culture. And we're talking about a plethora to fuel the party.

If you're at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, or anywhere else for that matter, the classic cocktail is the Sazerac. It's reminiscent of an Old Fashioned, and basically follows the same formula. The ingredients are 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey or Cognac, 1/4 oz Absinthe, 1 sugar cube, 3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters, and a lemon twist. Put the absinthe and crushed ice into a shaker, set aside. Empty shaker, pour the rest of ingredients into shaker with ice, shake, shake, shake, discard the ice and pour into a glass. Top off with lemon twist.

Culs Sec, Bottoms up!

The Hurricane originated in New Orleans at Pat O'Briens and if you're anywhere near there, you must drop in and order one. It's made with a 2 types of rum, some lime and orange juice, passion fruit puree, grenadine and some simple syrup. Just put all the ingredients in a shaker, and shake, shake, shake, pour over ice and pop in an umbrella. It's fruity, full of booze and a party hardy drink. Cheers!

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