Close you eyes (metaphorically of course unless you don't want to continue reading) and you can hear the accordians wailing from down on Rue Bourbon. You can smell the benigets wafting out of the windows of the Cafe Du Monde. You can see the beads flying over your head to the masses of bare breasted lasses in the crowd (big fan by the way). You can feel the collective Blood Alcohol Content of an entire population rising. It is that time of year again kids....MARDI GRAS IS HERE!
A tradition unilke any other is upon us once again. Once an excuse to eat all the unhealthy foods you wanted before the fasting of Lent, Mardi Gras has now evolved into an excuse to throw a week long party where anything goes and often, everything comes off. But if you are like me chilling with 100,000 drunk people on Bourbon Street, also known as the worlds longest urinal, is far from the ideal way to spend a few hazy days. Well, luckily for you, you don't have to go to Mardi Gras to drink like it. Follow the intsructions below and you will be talking like a crazy cajun in no time.
THE HAND GRENADE
One of the staples of the French Quarter, this drink is what I refer to as a 'McFark You Up'. The sole purpose of this drink is to McFark You Up and if you have never tried one, trust me, it works.
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Rum
1 oz. Everclear
1 oz. Midori
That's it and that's all. Mix it over ice and try not to black out.
A Nawlins favorite since the beginning of time. There are countless ways to make the traditional New Orleans Hurricane but the recipe I use actually comes from Pat O'Briens, THE place to go for Hurricanes.
1 oz. Light Rum
1 oz. Dark Rum
2 oz. Passion Fruit Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Grenadine Syrup
1/2 oz. 151 Floated on top
Garnish with a cherry and an orange
More obscure than the Hand Greanade or the Hurricane, the Oregat Punch still packs quite a whallop. You cannot count yourself as one of the cool bead throwers (or boobie flashers) without one.
1 1/2 oz. Spiced Rum
1/2 oz. 151 Rum
1 oz. Orgeat syrup
1/2 oz. Limoncello
1/2 oz. Fresh lemon and lime juice
Shake the ingredients well and pour over ice into a highball glass.
Garnish with a lemon wedge
This drink harkens back to the days before prohibition. If you want to drink with a little more style than all the kids throwing up in the Quarter, this is a drink for you. (Also check out this blog post on some damn good old school cocktails)
3 oz. Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
4 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Splash of Absinthe
Chill a highball glass by filling it with ice. In a mixing tin muddle the simple syrup, and bitters together. Add the Rye to the mixture, add ince and stir. Discard the ice in your highball glass and rinse with absinthe by swirling it around the glass and tossing it out. Strain the whiskey mixture into your chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon twist
Well that's all for today folks. Now go mix some drinks, toss some beads, and LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER!