There’s no better holiday for a cocktail than Mardi Gras! Whether you’re hosting a Mardi Gras party or just enjoying yourself at home, one of these drinks is sure to put you in the mood for good times.
What Makes a Mardi Gras Drink?
This list is all about drinks with some connection to New Orleans. It also includes some drinks that are classic and southern, with that air of refinement you get with those Big Easy cocktails.
Any of these drinks could be the one you want to celebrate Mardi Gras. Serve them with king cake if you can get it. Sometimes you can pre-order it from bakeries in New Orleans.
Festive Mardi Gras Drinks
The Hurricane is an enduring classic New Orleans drink for a reason. The wonderful flavor of passion fruit syrup makes it unique and special.
The Grasshopper is a classic drink hailing from the French Quarter of New Orleans. This recipe featuring creme de menthe, creme de cacao and light cream. It's practically a dessert on its own.
The Bayou cocktail recipe features an unusual ingredient: peach juice. It's easy to make this delicious drink at home with just three ingredients.
This is the more or less original recipe for the classic Zombie cocktail. So named because you may end up stumbling out of the bar after this popular drink.
The Daiquiri is a simple classic cocktail recipe featuring rum, lime juice and simple syrup. It's refreshing and delicious anytime. You can tweak the ingredients ratio to your taste.
When you want champagne, but it doesn't have the kick you want, you can always go for the French 75 cocktail. It's a champagne, gin and lemon drink with kick. Great way to use up leftover champagne. Perfect for brunch.
Learn how to make the Sazerac, a classic cocktail created in New Orleans with absinthe, whiskey, Pernod and a sugar cube. Best served ice cold.
So simple, but so tasty. The Gin Fizz blends gin with lemon, lime, club soda and sugar. It's kind of like a sophisticated and boozy version of 7-up.
This old school cocktail features brandy and applejack. It's strong but sweet, with some tanginess from a lemon juice.
The Mint Julep is a bourbon cocktail recipe famous as the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. It wasn't invented in New Orleans, but this is one easy whiskey drink to love.
This is one of those drinks that transports you to a simpler time and place, melting worries away like liquid sunshine. Peach, pineapple and orange - what's not to love?
This classic from London has been enjoyed in several variations in New Orleans.