Fat Tuesday, the biggest night of the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, is less than a week away. To honor the day I'm going all out and hosting a blowout bash. I made a whole bunch of mask invites and sent them to everyone I know. I researched Mardi Gras foods and will be making three savory appetizers and two sweet appetizers. This isn't the type of party that you would bring your mom to, there is going to be drinking, dancing, and whatever else happens... Wow, I'm getting ahead of myself, it's not party time yet and I still haven't told you about the drinks I'm serving. It has to be cocktails to fill a crowd and to see what I have up my sleeve,
that originated in New Orleans. It's a delicious, dangerous drink that tastes like fruit punch. The Hurricane was invented during World War II at Pat O'Brien's bar in New Orleans and was named after the shape of a hurricane lamp. Pat O'Brien's bar is still open today in New Orleans' famous French Quarter and sells their original Hurricane cocktail mix at the bar. While I won't be able to get to Pat O'Brien's bar, I will be able to "transport" my guests and self there by making a giant batch of Pat's Hurricanes. The original recipe calls for passion fruit juice but I like to make my version with pineapple juice.
For the guys and gals who don't drink hard liquor, I'll get a keg of beer. If you have never ordered or purchased a keg before, here are some helpful tips:
- Locate a liquor store, beer store, or brewery near you that sells kegs and see what they have in stock.
- Order yours at least three days before your event to ensure that you can pick it up the day of the party.
- Kegs come in different sizes, so figure out how much beer you need.
- A pony keg (half keg) is 7.5 gallons and serves 27 people three 12-ounce servings.
- A full keg is 15.5 gallons and serves 55 people three 12-ounce servings.
- Some stores deliver, but be sure to ask when you call to order your keg. If you do have to pick it up, make arrangements to have some heavy-lifters come with you.
- Don't forget to bring your ID and money for a deposit when you pay for the keg.
I'll also be sure to have plenty of water and light colored sodas for those who prefer not to partake in the debauchery. If guests offer to bring something to enhance the party I'll tell them to please bring a bottle of champagne.
What drinks would you serve at a Mardi Gras blowout bash? Tell me about it below! Be sure to check back tomorrow when I'll be talking about The Look of this party.