Mardi Gras Cocktails

The Lafayette from The Backyard Bartender

Last year, I rounded up some classic (and new) New Orleans cocktails for Mardi Gras. Now that it’s time to celebrate another “Fat Tuesday,” here are some more cocktails from the Big Easy … easily America’s cocktail capital. Laissez le bon temp rouler!

Bywater Cocktail ~ This cocktail was created by a bartender at Arnaud’s French 75, an iconic bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Named after the city’s Bywater neighborhood, the drink features aged rum, an Italian amaro called Averna, with touches of Chartreuse and falernum for a truly unique cocktail.

French 75 ~ Speaking of Arnaud’s French 75 bar, why not have a French 75—New Orleans really knows how to do a champagne cocktail right.

The Lafayette ~ A pared down version of a Hurricane, this sweet (but not too sweet) drink is a simple way to let the good times roll!

Ramos Gin Fizz ~ Though it takes a little work, this drink is a lovely mix of light and airy with rich and creamy. I order one every time I’m in New Orleans.

Pimm’s Cup ~ This British tipple became a New Orleans cocktail, thanks to the Napoleon House Bar. You could easily sip these all day, so the party doesn’t have to end.

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