• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Mardi Gras recipes & Fat Tuesday cocktails – Celebrate New Orleans style

Besides parades, entertaining music, lavish balls, colorful costumes, masks and beads, Mardi Gras is also known for its fabulous food. From the traditional classics like gumbo, jambalaya and crab cakes to more modern interpretations, New Orleans is famous for its delicious fare.

Whether you plan on attending the celebration in person or from afar, you can get into the Carnival spirit with the following Mardi Gras recipes and cocktails listed below.

King Cakes are King

When it comes to Mardi Gras food, there is no doubt - the King Cake is king. This traditional dessert is made with cinnamon dough, glazed topping and sprinkled with sugar the colors of Mardi Gras – purple, green and gold. While today’s cakes include a wide assortment of delicious fillings in a variety of shapes, one tradition remains the same. The cake is baked with a tiny plastic surprise inside. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the trinket inside, has to purchase the next King Cake or throw the next party.

French Quarter Faithful

  • 2 parts Hornitos Reposado Tequila

  • ½ part lime juice

  • 3 parts pineapple juice

  • 2 dashes green habanero hot sauce

Preparation: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake vigorously and pour into a martini or highball glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

The Gold Doubloon

  • 1 ½ parts Hornitos Plata Tequila

  • ¾ part lime juice

  • ¾ part pineapple juice

  • ¼ part agave

  • Pinch of cilantro leaves

Preparation: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass.