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5 Classic Mardi Gras Drinks to Try, but Not All at Once

If you're planning on having Mardi Gras drinks in the Big Easy (if?), make sure you include these classic New Orleans cocktails. Responsibly, of course.

1. Hurricane Cocktail

This deceptively refreshing cocktail contains a potent mix of fruit juices and two kinds of rum. Serve in hurricane glasses and you'll be ready to weather any storm. Careful, though. It goes down easy but packs a serious punch.


Hurricane Cocktail

Hurricane Cocktail | Photo by Allrecipes

2. Vieux Carré Cocktail

Named for New Orlean's historic French Quarter, this cognac, rye, bitters, Benectine, and sweet vermouth sipper was created by a bartender in the Hotel Monteleone. Just ask for a "VOO ka-RAY."


Vieux Carre Cocktail

Vieux Carre Cocktail | Photo by Meredith

3. Ramos Gin Fizz

When Henry C. Ramos shook up your standard gin fizz with the addition of orange flower water and egg whites, he invented a frothy drink that's become a beloved New Orleans tradition.


Ramos Gin Fizz

Ramos Gin Fizz | Photo by Leslie Kelly

4. Sazerac

To drink a Sazerac is to take a sip of history. Invented in New Orleans in the 19th century, it contains anise-flavored liqueur, bitters, rye whiskey, and a touch of sweetness.


Sazerac Cocktail

Sazerac Cocktail | Photo by Meredith

5. Pimm's Cup Cocktail

Yes, this gin cocktail was born in a London bar, but it moved to New Orleans and became the toast of the town.


Pimm's Cup

Pimm's Cup | Photo by Meredith

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* How to Make a Mardi Gras King Cake
* How to Make Great Gumbo

About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).