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9 Southern Cocktails That Capture the Mardi Gras Spirit

Mar 4 2014 - 6:30am

It's time to break out all the essential cocktails you'll need to get the Mardi Gras [1] party started. While many flock to New Orleans each year to celebrate Fat Tuesday in full force, don't let that stop you from having your own party at home. From rum to bourbon, expand your palette, and serve up these nine New Orleans bevvys (aka cocktails) to join in on this Southern festivity.

Photos: Nicole Perry and Anna Monette Roberts

Old Fashioned

Most Southerners will request an old fashioned with cherries and oranges, but those who take it the truly old fashioned [2] way keep it simple with bourbon, bitters, sugar, and a lemon twist.

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Ramos Gin Fizz

This classic drink [3] dates back to the 1800s and is perfect with brunch. The splash of citrus juices helps start any weekend off right.

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If rum is your choice mixer, you'll go wild for a hurricane [4]. With a mix of orange juice, pineapple, and passion fruit, this tropical twister should be consumed with caution.

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Honeyed French 75

This honeyed twist on the French 75 [5] cocktail is a go-to choice for Champagne fans. Your classy taste buds will enjoy it undoubtedly.

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The Sazerac [6] is a quintessential New Orleans cocktail made with rye whiskey, bitters, absinthe, and a lemon peel. If you crave something bold and straight to the point, this is the drink for you.

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Mint Julep

Crushed ice, mint, simple syrup, and bourbon: a classic mint julep [7] makes for easy daytime drinking thanks to its cool, refreshing flavor.

Bourbon Milk Punch

This slushy milk punch [8] features the delicious flavors of bourbon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Ring in Mardi Gras with this chilly drink as you say goodbye to the Winter cold!

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Bourbon King Cake Bevvy

Topped off with purple, green, and yellow sprinkles, a bourbon milkshake [9] features a fusion of flavors reminiscent of Mardi Gras king cakes. Don't forget to add a small plastic baby for garnish.

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Bloody Mary

After a night on the town, the fastest way to recovery is a spicy Bloody Mary [10]. Remember to add plenty of horseradish, lemon, and olives to make it count.

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