In a day, Mardi Gras will be celebrated throughout the world. Mardi Gras is also known as “Fat Tuesday” as it is the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent starts. During Lent, many Christians commit to fasting and relinquishing some luxuries to replicated the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Hence, many people binge on food, drinks and celebrations prior to Lent.
Mardi Gras is known as one of the biggest carnivals in the world. The festivities are plenty and planned on a grand scale. Revellers party on the streets while colourful floats pass. Masked balls are also hosted which add on to the Mardi Gras vibes. Additionally, Mardi Gras is known for the colourful beaded necklaces which are thrown around. It is the most iconic symbol of Mardi Gras and many people collect them as souvenirs. In comparison, Singapore’s Chingay is a smaller festival which also involves floats, just that the attendance and scale of it are not that grand.
Food and Drinks
The most iconic food at Mardi Gras is the King cake. It is a cinnamon dough cake that is sprinkled with coloured sugar and glazed with frosting. They also come in various colours and flavoured fillings such as cream cheese and strawberry. An estimated 500,000 king cakes are sold during Mardi Gras. One interesting tidbit is that each cake contains a small plastic baby doll inside, whoever finds it must buy the next cake or host the next party the following year.
Now comes the good part, the alcoholic portion of Mardi Gras. Alcohol is plentiful during this annual rite of imbibition, ranging from beers to cocktails in novelty glasses. New Orleans is a place with a rich cocktail history, it is also one of the places where Mardi Gras is held at every year.With a place aptly named Bourbon Street, drinking here will never feel out of place. While New Orleans might be too far from Singapore, we have put together a list of famous cocktails originating from New Orleans which you can make in the comfort of your own home.
The Hurricane was named so because of the glassware it was served in. Its origins are also special in that it was due to a scarcity of scotch, whiskey and bourbon that led to its popularity. Distributors made bar owners buy rum in order to get access to other liquors. A bar named the Pat O’Brien decided to create a rum-based cocktail with the excess rum. The original recipe calls for passion fruit juice but as it is quite difficult to obtain, we recommend using the nectar which is slightly sweeter.
- 1 oz Dark Rum
- 1 oz White Rum
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Orange Juice
- 1 oz Passion Fruit Nectar
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz Grenadine
- Shake and strain into a Hurricane Glass filled with Tube Ice
- Garnish with Dehydrated Orange and skewered Amarena Cherries
The Vieux Carre is a French translation of the word, French Quarter. It is the oldest section in New Orleans. Invented in Carousel Bar, this cocktail is pretty strong and carries many complex flavours.
- 3/4 oz Rye Whiskey
- 3/4 oz Cognac
- 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 teaspoon Benedictine Dom
- 2 dash Peychaud Bitters
- 2 dash Angostura Bitters
- Stir and Strain into a Coupe or Rock Glass(For aesthetical purposes, King Ice or Ice Ball will be perfect)
- Garnish with a Lemon Twist
Ramos Gin Fizz
Created in Meyer’s Restaurant in New Orleans by Henry C. Ramos, The Ramos Gin Fizz is a popular cocktail during Mardi Gras for its taste. It is also known as a technically challenging cocktail as it incorporates a variety of steps to ensure the froth and fizz are of an exceptional standard. It is known to emphasise vigorous shaking to make the egg white and cream mix well together while gently topping up of soda to ensure the fizz does not dissipate.
- 1 1/2 oz Gin
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- 2 oz Milk, Cream or Half and Half
- 1 Egg White
- 2 Dashes Of Orange Blossom Water
- Shake Vigorously and Strain into a Highball Glass
- Gently Top with Club Soda and Lift with Barspoon
- Garnish with Lime Rind or Wheel
Of course, the above recipes are based on our preferences, feel free to give it a tweak to cater to your taste and preferences. We might incorporate some of these cocktails into our next mobile bartending event if it suits the theme! As always have a good weekend ahead and Happy Mardi Gras, cheers!