Prelude to Lent

mardigras

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and is the last opportunity for indulgence in food and drink before Lent. With a little more than 7 days left until Mardi Gras, what I really want to know is what should we drink to celebrate before Ash Wednesday.

Now there are plenty more drinks out there, but I found these three to be the most popular and consistent everywhere.  Here’s what I have found in no particular order:

Hurricane

The Hurricane became popular at Pat O’Briens bar in 1940’s New Orleans, apparently debuted at the 1939 World’s Fair and was named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses the first drinks were served in. It’s said that O’Brien created the heavily rummed drink as a means to get rid of the large stock of rum his Southern distributors forced him to buy.

Sazerac

The official drink of New Orleans (literally—legislation passed in June 2008 naming it so), the Sazerac can trace its origins back to early 19th-century druggist and freemason, Antoine Peychaud, who would host freemason meetings at his pharmacy and serve a mix of Sazerac de Forge Cognac, absinthe and his proprietary bitters.

Ramos Gin Fizz

Also called the New Orleans Fizz, this ethereal mix of gin, citrus juice, egg white and heavy cream was invented in 1888 by New Orleans bar owner Henry C. Ramos.

To learn more about the History of Mardi Gras

It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.  – Mark Twain

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