Mardi Gras is just around the corner! I wanted to do something special for what is undoubtedly Louisiana’s most famous celebration! It wasn’t until I was 12 or 13 that I realized that Mardi Gras was not a national holiday. Everywhere else it’s just another Tuesday, but in New Orleans, it’s a day for celebration, for drinking with friends, and a day when New Orleans’ true colors can shine.
For the special occasion, I put together 3 Mardi Gras inspired cocktails to get you in the carnival spirit, even if where you are, it is just another Tuesday.
The colors of Mardi Gras go back as far as 1872. Purple stands for justice (for when you give a great catch to a nearby kid who fell), green for faith (for when you pray that the bathroom has TP), and gold for power (to make it through the marathon of carnival season). They also happen to be the colors of two “rival” Louisiana schools, LSU (purple & gold) and Tulane (green). The rumor is that LSU was looking to new school colors, saw a store stocked up on Mardi Gras decorations, and went with purple and gold, since Tulane was already green. I have no idea if that’s true, but it does make it easy when your football team matches your carnival outfit.
Inspired by the true colors of Mardi Gras, I developed a trio of drinks you can show off come Fat Tuesday. Meet: Rosemari Gras, Parade Route, and Throw Bee Something.
Purple: Rosemari Gras
- 2oz Roulaison Clear Rum
- 2oz Blueberry Simple Syrup (see end of post for recipe)
- 1oz Lime Juice
- Rosemary Garnish
- Top with Sparkling Water
Add rosemary and lime juice to a shaker and attempt to muddle. Add rum and blueberry syrup. Shake well and double strain* over ice in a rocks glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.
Green: Parade Route
- 1.5oz Parade Rum Argente
- 0.75oz Lime Juice
- 0.5oz Crème de Menthe
- Tablespoon of Cane Sugar
- Mint Garnish
- Top with Sparkling water
Add mint leaves, cane sugar, and lime juice to a shaker and gently muddle. Add rum and Crème de Menthe. Shake well and double strain* over ice in a highball glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a fresh mint sprig.
Gold: Throw Bee Something
- 1.5oz Old New Orleans Amber Rum
- 0.75oz Lemon Juice
- 0.75oz Honey
Add everything to a shaker and shake well. Serve in a chilled coupe glass and look fancy.
Blueberry Simple Syrup:
- 3/4 cup blueberries
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
One package of blueberries ended up being about 3/4 of a cup, which is why these measurements are kinda weird. Feel free to scale up if needed. Recipe resulted in about 8oz of syrup.
Rinse blueberries. Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 15ish minutes. Let cool and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Put in a pretty bottle or something. Enjoy!
People always say simple syrup lasts 2-3 days in the fridge, but I usually enjoy it for about 2 weeks and I haven’t died or anything.
* I double strain because I absolutely hate little bits of things in my drinks. You could regular strain if you want, or if you don’t have a fine mesh strainer.