(Belated) Mardi Gras mixology

Go old school and enjoy one of Mardi Gras’ premier cocktails, Sazerac, dating back to the 1800s. Over the years, cognac, rye and bourbon have been used, either separately or as a combination. This cocktail packs a punch, and is not for lightweights. It originated in the Mardi Gras capital of New Orleans, but was enjoyed in other parts as well. Just think, perhaps one of your ancestors nursed a Sazerac back in the day.

On the Mark Sazerac
3 parts Maker’s 46 bourbon or favorite bourbon
3/4 part simple syrup
Peychaud bitters to taste
Lemon wedge

Combine simple syrup, bitters, bourbon and ice in a mixing glass. Stir well. Strain into a rocks glass and add a twist of lemon.

Variation: Whiskey, rye or cognac may serve as a substitution for bourbon.

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If you have ever visited New Orleans and stopped at Carousel Bar, you may be familiar with Vieux Carre. This beverage was created exclusively at Carousel Bar in the 1930s, and continues to make heads spin today. If you wish your cocktail area had a revolving bar, down a few of these spin-inducing iconic cocktails, and your wish may become reality.

Vieux Carre
1/2 teaspoon Benedictine
Dash of Peychaud bitters
Dash of Angostura bitters
3/4 ounce rye whiskey
3/4 ounce cognac
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth

Combine all ingredients and ice in a mixing glass. Stir well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry.

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If you wake up the morning after with regrets of too many Sazeracs and Vieux Carres, Mary will cure you. Specifically, Bloody Mary. To remain in the Mardi Gras spirit, consider tweaking your Mary to a New Orleans-style cocktail. You can either ditch the celery stalk in favor of more interesting garnishes, such as crawfish or spicy beans. Or, you can spice up the beverage itself by adding spices, pepper and/or lemon-flavored vodka, olive juice, horseradish or clam juice. With all of those combinations to choose from, you may end up with a very interesting breakfast beverage.

Bloody Mary
2 ½ ounces vodka
1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 to 3 drops of Tabasco sauce
1/8 teaspoon celery Salt
4 ounces tomato juice
Lime wedge
Lemon wedge
Celery stalk

Combine vodka, spices, and tomato juice into a highball glass filled with ice. Shake well. Add lemon and lime. Garnish with celery stalk.

If the mere thought another alcoholic beverage makes your stomach turn, perhaps you should go virgin and prepare a Virgin Bloody Mary, or “Bloody Shame.”

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(Belated) Mardi Gras mixology

Mardi Gras, affectionately known as Fat Tuesday, is the “season finale” of the Christian Epiphany season, and premiere of the somber Lent season. If you missed out on celebrating Mardi Gras, missed those strands of purple, gold and green beads, crazy costumes and crazy cocktails, create your own belated Mardi Gras celebration. Grab some cocktail glasses and beads, and let the good times roll!

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