New Orleans’s Favorite Drinks Head to Ptown

This year the 40th annual Provincetown Carnival has been officially dubbed “Mardi Gras by the Sea” which has me thinking about all those drinks made famous by New Orleans barkeeps. This time of the year, it can be hot on Cape and even hotter in the South. If you find yourself needing some ice-cold refreshment, try one of these iconic Mardi Gras cocktails.

• The Hurricane: This is a Pat O’Brien’s original cocktail and one that can and should be found nearly everywhere the weather is hot. Mix 4 ounces of rum, 3 ounces of passion fruit juice, 1 ounce of orange juice, a squeeze of lime juice, 1/2 tablespoon of grenadine and 1/2 a tablespoon of simple syrup into a shaker with ice. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with orange slices and cherries. Some serve with two straws so it can be consumed faster…that’s nice!
• The Daiquiri: Now the classic Daiquiri is basically 2 cups of crushed ice with 2 ounces of rum, 1 ounzes of lime juice and a 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. From there people have been adding all sorts of other fruit, alcohols and so on… Then there’s Fat Tuesday’s in New Orleans who sell frozen Daiquiri’s by the truckload. They’ve got one called the “190 Octane” which upgrades the rum to 151 proof and adds 190 proof Everclear. NOTE: This drink should come with its own cab.
• The Mint Julep: In my opinion this is the quintessential Southern beverage. Muddle about 10 or so mint leaves with 1-1/2 teaspoons of sugar. Add a splash of seltzer water. Keep muddling then add crushed ice and 2-1/2 ounces of Kentucky bourbon whisky. Garnish with a sprig of mint, serve and enjoy!
• The Sazerac: Created by Antoine Amedie Peychaud in New Orleans back in 1838, the Sazerac is one of the oldest cocktails in the modern repertoire. In an Old-Fashioned glass add a single sugar cube and 3 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters then crush the cube and add 1-1/2 ounces of rye whiskey. Coat a second,chilled, Old-Fashioned glass with 1/4 ounce of Herbsaint, discarding any remaining Herbasint. Empty your bitters, sugar and whisk form the first glass into the Herbsaint coated glass and garnish with a lemon peel. Slightly complicated…but well worth your efforts.

Enjoy and have fun at Carnival!

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