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Classic Cocktails for a Mad Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is fast approaching (next Tuesday!), and those of us not fortunate enough to sample our way through the French Quarter of New Orleans may want to bring the party home instead.

Mardi Gras Cocktailsl

Mardi Gras Cocktails

All beads and debauchery aside, New Orleans is considered the birthplace of the American cocktail, so here are a couple of “Nawlins-born” concoctions to craft for your Mardi Gras celebration.

Our first cocktail is The Bourbon Smash, a 19th Century creation that has taken on different manifestations over the years. This is a more savory take on the Mint Julep that many derby enthusiasts are familiar with.

To create the “Elmer T. Smash,” here’s what you need:

  • Cocktail shaker and strainer
  • Muddler (or large wooden spoon, in a pinch)
  • Old-Fashioned Glass

Combine 2oz Elmer T. Lee Bourbon, 1oz freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, and 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh mint to a cocktail shaker. Muddle the ingredients until the mint leaves are nice and bruised up. Stir and pour into an old-fashioned glass.

If you can find some shaved ice, fill the glass with it and give a final stir — this is the classic presentation.

Elmer T. Smash

Elmer T. Smash

If shaved ice isn’t in the cards, we’ll change a couple of things. Once your ingredients are well-muddled, strain off the mint leaves and add cubed ice to the shaker. Shake well and strain into the old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a mint sprig and enjoy!

Pro Tip: Always sample your creation before presenting to guests.

While the Elmer T. Smash will entice imbibers with savory elements from the bourbon and citrus, The Hurricane is certain to quell the sweet tooth in the crowd.

This classic Mardi Gras offering is a product of Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans and has garnered a reputation for being a bit lowbrow to most connoisseurs.

So let’s class up this tiki drink with premium ingredients and an amazing rum from the Island of Martinique.

Clement Hurricane

Clément Hurricane

To create the “Clément Hurricane,” here’s what you need:

  • Cocktail shaker and strainer
  • Hurricane Glass (or a pint glass if you’re not flush with hurricane lamp-shaped vessels)

Fill your shaker with ice and squeeze the juice from half a lime over the ice. Combine 2oz Clément White Rum, 2oz Clément VSOP Rum, 2oz Ceres Passion Fruit Juice, 1oz Lambert Groves Orange Juice, 1 Tbsp St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, and 1 Tbsp grenadine in shaker with ice and lime.

Shake very well and strain into your glass. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Once again, remember to sample each drink made before presenting to guests and don’t be afraid to adjust proportions to your liking as each of us has a different tolerance for sweet and savory elixirs!

Enjoy your Mardi Gras, and keep an eye on The FreshDirect Feed. I’ll write about more tempting cocktails in future posts!

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