Show Us Your Beads: Mardi Gras Cocktails

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Happy Mardi Gras ! Thats right, today is Fat Tuesday… and for those of you not familiar with it, it is a day that few who have partaken in will ever forget. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” is a celebration dating back to the middle ages in France where you were to un-regret-tingly indulge in lifes pleasures before a embarking on a 40 day period of prayer. Today that translates to binge drinking, endless eating, and nudity for the sake of beads along the streets of New Orleans, particularly Bourbon street. If you weren”t able to make it to the N.O. this year don’t worry, most major cities have events trying to recreate the magic and if you’re still out of luck I have some wonderful cocktails for you courtesy of Skyy Vodka.

The Beaded Lady

1 oz. SKYY Infusions Passion Fruit
1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Lime Juice
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
Dash of Bitters
Soda water

Combine all the ingredients (except the bitters and soda) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into iced tall pilsner glass. Top with soda & bitters. Garnish with pineapple star.

Absolut Big Breezy

2 oz parts Absolut New Orleans vodka
4 chunks fresh watermelon
1 oz part simple syrup
squeeze of fresh lemon
pinch of black pepper
melon ball for garnish
lemon slice for garnish

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a melon ball and lemon slice.

Fat Tuesday Ice Tea

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus
1 oz. Lemonade
3 oz. Sweet Iced Tea

Combine all ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Bourbon Street Lemonade

3 ounces Absolut New Orleans
1 ounce Perfect Mango Puree of Napa Valley
4 ounces fresh lemonade
Fresh mango, diced, for garnish

Combine Absolut New Orleans, mango puree and fresh lemonade in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with diced fresh mango.

Soco Lime Hurricane

3 ounces Southern Comfort
1-½ ounce sweet and sour mix
½ ounce blue curacao
½ ounce sweetened lime juice

Fill a sugar-rimmed hurricane glass with ice. Add all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and cherry.

Hope you enjoy. Don’t forget, you DO still have work/school tomorrow regardless of how this night ends. Class dismissed.

Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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