4 N’awlins Cocktails to Rock Your Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras 2011It’s Mardi Gras time in the Big Easy and that means it’s full-on party time. Whether you’re in New Orleans for the big celebration or just hanging out with friends at home you’ll need a few special cocktails to make your party complete. Here’s four traditional New Orleans drinks to get you and your friends in the spirit of the holidays.

Sazerac

Sazerac
Ingredients

  • 3 oz rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Splash of absinthe
  • 2-3 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
  • Twist of lemon zest

Preparation
Add ice to a rocks glass and put aside to chill. Combine simple syrup and Peychauds. Add rye and ice and stir gently. Discard ice and add a splash of absinthe to the rocks glass. Swirl and discard the excess absinthe. Add the rye mixture to the rocks glass and garnish with a twist of lemon zest.

Red Rooster

Red Rooster
Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • orange twist

Preparation
Combine vodka, cranberry juice and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Sh.ake then strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a twist of orange zest

Brandy Milk Punch

Brandy Milk Punch Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz  Brandy
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 oz  milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • grated nutmeg

Preparation
Combine the brandy, simple syrup, vanilla extract and milk in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain in to rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Add some grated nutmeg to the top.

Daiquiri

Daiquiri
Ingredients

  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • lime wheel

Preparation
Combine the dark rum, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

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Madtini’s Hot Cocktails of Winter – Hot Spiced Butter Rum

Hot Spiced Butter RumToday is a perfect day to start our “Madtini Hot Cocktails of Winter” Series. Today, we woke up to several inches of fresh new snow, minus temperatures and a nose biting wind chill factor. Every few days over the next week or so, we’ll post a new drink that we’ve tried, that will hopefully do a little bit to take away the chill from our long cold winters. And a request to Madtini.com readers in warmer climates, we’re very open to opening up a Caribbean headquarters for Madtini.

Tonight’s ‘Hot Cocktail’ is the Hot Spiced Butter Rum, a smooth combination of spices, rum and ‘real’ butter. Cheers to warmer days

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Sailor Jerry spiced rum
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp finely minced lemon rind
  • 3 pinches of cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Boiling water
  • tsp unsalted butter

Preparation

Start with light brown sugar, add ground cloves, cinnamon, diced lemon rind, nutmeg – then top it off with Sailor Jerry spiced rum, boiling water and a generous teaspoon of ‘real’ unsalted butter. Toss in a cinnamon stick to get things stirred up.

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Drink recipe adapted from Epicurious.