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Oh Yeah, it’s Mardi Gras!

If you are like many people, Mardi Gras is a chance to drink lusciously.Being in New Orleans for the real thing is an amazing experience since it is of historical significance as a feast before Easter.It is a day for celebration and its origination dates back to Medieval Europe.Although, it is still unknown to how it transformed into the Mardi Gras today.However, it is said to date back to the times of the Romans.One thing is certain, you must celebrate like a king and you must bask in the colors of green, purple, and gold.

Mardi Gras is a boost to New Orleans economy because it attracts thousands of tourists from around the country to enjoy the rich party tradition that started the city. So, what is to expect when you go to Mardi Gras? First of all, be prepared to drink hearty. Mardi Gras has specialty drinks to enjoy. Get decked out in your wildest garb and hit Canal Street and parade with only the best cocktails in hand. What drinks should you order up? Here are few suggestions that will get you going and going.

The hurricane is a classic Mardi Gras specialty and the tastiness is meant to be large! It is a perfect blend of amaretto, light and dark rum with orange and pineapple juice, and a splash of grenadine. To get really crazy; float 151proof rum on top which is commonly referred to as “New Orleans Style.” Another classic is the Mojito. Although it is a Cuban cocktail with light rum, sugar, mint leaves and fresh lime juice; it gets an extra toast at Mardi Gras because that version is topped with fizzy champagne,

Wanting an interesting concoction? The New Orleans Sazerac is one to ask for. It contains ¼ ounce of whiskey, 2 ounces of Pernod licorice liqueur, 1 dash Angostura bitter, a teaspoon of sugar and a twist of lemon peel. The sugar goes to the bottom of an old fashioned glass and then saturated with the bitters. Ice cubes are then added with the remaining liquors. Fill with water, and stir well before serving. Another is the New Orleans Hand Grenade. This one took me by storm. Drinking it will only do the same. It is equal ½ ounce portions of gin, grain alcohol, melon liqueur, rum, and vodka. For something with a smoother edge, try a Mardi Gras Ambrosia. It is a supple blend of ¾ ounces of dark rum, ½ ounce of curacao, and then add orange juice, cream of coconut and crushed ice. There are individuals that like to keep their drinks simple. To enjoy a specialty and steer away from an ordinary beer, try a New Orleans Salty Dog. It is 5 ounces of grapefruit juice to 1 ½ ounces of vodka with salt.

Whichever way you celebrate Mardi Gras whether in New Orleans or not; take note of what to savor. Mardi Gras is meant to party in your best costume, get the most beads, and toast to New Orleans and its flair! Okay, and maybe eat some king cake too. Cheers!

Janiece Rejba

Janiece Rejba

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