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10 Cocktails For Your Mardi Gras Party

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Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans is like celebrating New Year’s in New York—there’s nothing else like it. Unfortunately, we can’t all hop in a plane/train/car and get to the Big Easy on a Tuesday. For those of us who are homebound and left to our own Mardi Gras devices, a smaller party will have to do, and the right cocktails can get you in the proper state of mind. Naturally, you’re going to need some New Orleans classics in there, but you should also have some Supercall originals to get the mood just right. Here are 10 Mardi Gras party drinks you can make on the spot or batch ahead of time.

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Absinthe never really made it big as an American spirit, but it did make waves as a New Orleans spirit. A number of absinthe cocktails were invented in the Big Easy after the liquor arrived from Europe in the 1800s, including the Absinthe Frappé. Throw it back to old-school New Orleans with this minty cocktail made with absinthe, simple syrup, soda water and mint leaves.

The Essentials

Absinthe
simple syrup
mint leaves
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The King Cake tradition of serving a small baby figurine in a cake is missing one thing: booze. This punched-up version is fit for Mardi Gras and can turn your king cake dessert into something your friends actually want to consume at a party.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Rye Whiskey
Don’s Mardi Gras Mix
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La Louisiane was invented at a famous New Orleans bar of the same name. It’s a Manhattan twist with ryesweet vermouth, Bénédictine, Peychaud’s bitters and a couple hefty dashes of absinthe to up the New Orleans factor. It’ll have you singing “When The Saints Go Marching In” in no time.

The Essentials

Rye
sweet vermouth
Benedictine
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Your Mardi Gras party isn’t complete without a Bananas Foster Shot. Rum, banana liqueur and RumChata join forces for a boozy take on the classic New Orleans dessert. If you’re not finishing your night with one of these, did you even have a Mardi Gras party?

The Essentials

gold rum
banana liqueur
Rumchata
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It doesn’t get much more New Orleans than the Sazerac; the drink is synonymous with the city. To drink the original and make it feel like it’s Mardi Gras in the mid 1800s, swap out the whiskey for Cognac.

The Essentials

Rye
Absinthe
Bitters
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If you really want to make an impression at whatever Mardi Gras party you’re attending, shake up a Ramos Gin Fizz. The notoriously hard-to-make drink is creamy with perfect foam—just make sure you shake it for a full 12 minutes.

The Essentials

London Dry Gin
Cream
Egg white
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The Sidecar was (probably) invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, but it has its roots in New Orleans (it once carried the unappetizing name of Brandy Crusta). You and your party friends won’t be feeling crusty after a few of these guys, though.

The Essentials

Cognac
Cointreau
Lemon Juice
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Say what you will about New Orleans being a bastion of refined cocktail culture, nothing says Bourbon Street like the Hurricane. Made with four ounces of dark rum, passion fruit syrup and fresh lemon juice, this drink will get the party started, no matter where you’re celebrating.

The Essentials

dark rum
Passion fruit syrup
Fresh Lemon juice
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Much like the Sazerac, the Vieux Carre is forever linked to New Orleans through a long history. Just like a Mardi Gras party wouldn’t feel right without beads and beignets, you can’t throw a proper Big Easy bash without a Vieux Carre.

The Essentials

Rye
Cognac
Sweet Vermouth
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Come Mardi Gras, your party spot will be decorated with purple, gold and green everything. To match your cocktails to the theme, whip up the sweet and creamy Grasshopper, a green dessert drink from New Orleans that has a minty fresh flavor.

The Essentials

white crème de cacao
green crème de menthe
heavy cream

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