Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Rum • Sweet
King Cake Punch

Mardi Gras might bring to mind beads, booze and another more NSFW B-word, but for those in the know, king cake is the real, well, king of the debaucherous holiday. For those unfamiliar with the classic Fat Tuesday dessert, king cake is a circular, buttery, brioche-style cake, glazed with a sweet icing and showered in purple, yellow and green sugar. According to lore, if a king cake is consumed too early before Mardi Gras, that year’s festivities will be cursed with rain. An even more bizarre tradition is hiding a small baby figurine inside the cake. Whoever gets the baby in their slice
“gets” to make or buy next year’s cake and host the annual party.

In honor of the traditional cake, we created this party-sized cocktail. Like the dessert, it’s a creamy, cinnamon-spiced treat. Unlike the dessert, it’s spiked with both rum and rye whiskey (two full bottles’ worth). It even comes with a baby doll frozen in ice.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Rye Whiskey
Don’s Mardi Gras Mix
The Details
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1 750-ml bottle of Dark Rum
1 750-ml bottle of Rye Whiskey
2 6-oz cans lemonade
6 oz water
Don’s Mardi Gras Mix
Grated Nutmeg, for garnish
Grated Cinnamon, for garnish
Lemon Zest, for garnish
Baby doll, for garnish (optional)


  • In a large tupperware, add a medium-sized plastic baby doll and fill with hot water. Place in freezer at least 24 hours prior to making your punch.
  • In a punch bowl combine Don’s Mardi Gras Mix with the rum and whiskey. Mix thoroughly with a ladle.
  • Add the baby doll ice cube, then garnish the punch with freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon zest.
  • Pour yellow, green and purple sugar on three separate plates. Juice two lemons on another plate. Dip the punch glasses in the lemon juice and then in the colored sugar to rim.
  • To serve, rim individual glasses with colored sugar, then ladle in punch.
Don’s Mardi Gras Mix
Custom Ingredient


1 Cup Homemade Chai Tea
1 14-ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
4 oz Allspice Dram


  • In a blender, combine the sweetened condensed milk, chai tea and allspice dram.
  • Blend until mixed.