If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras in style you can do no better than go for one of the classic New Orleans cocktails which, according to my learned friend Jared Brown of Mixellany, are the Ramos Gin Fizz, Hurricane, Vieux Carré and the Obituary.
The Ramos gin fizz is basically a creamy sour with a dash of orange flower water though it’s reputedly quite tricky to master. You might be better to head for Nola in Shoreditch which specialises in New Orleans cocktails.
The Hurricane dates from the 1940s and is basically a rum punch - a mixture of light and dark rums, passionfruit juice, orange juice and a dash of grenadine. It’s actually not named after a hurricane - though in New Orleans that would be justified - but the hurricane lamp-shaped glass it’s served in.
The Vieux Carré, named after New Orleans French quarter, is a heady mix of rye whiskey (or bourbon in some versions), cognac, sweet vermouth and Bénédictine with a dash of Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters. Stirred rather than shaken it's similar to a Manhattan
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