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.