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Have Mardi Gras at home

By Russ Cobbe

Mardi Gras was brought to New Orleans in 1699 by the French and always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday. Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" and can fall anywhere between February 3rd and March 9th depending on when Easter falls. Mardi Gras has official colors which are Purple, Green and Gold and were chosen in 1872. They stand for justice, faith and power respectively.

The celebration has been added to with floats and parades over the years and is highlighted with parties that spill into the streets. Two cocktail recipes represent Mardi Gras more than any others. Those are shown below so you can get a feel for the event even if you can't make it to New Orleans in person.

There is a whole section on with Mardi Gras theme recipes so check it out. Here are a couple of those to try out
New Orleans Hurricane Recipe
8.0 oz. Lemon Lime Soda
1.0 oz. Lime juice
2.0 oz. Passion fruit
2.0 oz. Light Rum
1.0 oz. 151 Proof Rum

Shake all except 151 with ice and pour into a Hurricane or other large specialty glass. Float 151 on top. Drink through a straw from the bottom first. Starts out calm, but gets stormy towards the end. Ginger Ale or Tonic Water can be used in place of Lemon Lime soda.
New Orleans Hand Grenade Recipe
1.5 oz Gin
1.5 oz Grain Alcohol
1.5 oz Melon liqueur
1.5 oz Rum
1.5 oz Vodka

Stir ingredients together in a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Add water and sugar if desired, to taste, and serve.
Mardi Gras Flasher Recipe
6.0 oz Ginger Ale
1.0 tsp Grenadine
2.0 oz Dark Rum

Stir ingredients together in a highball glass with/without ice. Add more grenadine if desired, stir again and serve.

Always remember to drink responsibly including not drinking and driving. For more cocktail information you can visit

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