Everyone knows that if you want to experience the ultimate party, New Orleans is the place to go during Mardi Gras. The carnival goes back hundreds of years and has become famous for many exotic cocktails.
The Hurricane is probably the most well-known and is made with three kinds of rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine. Of course, there are many variations on the recipe and many places make their own signature drinks by adding extra ingredients to make unique cocktails.
Another drink is the Ramos Gin Fizz. Henry C. Ramos, a saloon owner in New Orleans circa 1900, invented the Ramos Gin Fizz. He said the drink was to be equated with “drinking a flower.” Ever since then it has been a popular New Orleans classic. You will also find that Champagne Cocktails and Mint Juleps are served most places, as well as "Morning Cocktails" such as Brandy Milk Punch and French Market Coffee Cocktails.
What may be the most infamous libation for Mardi Gras and New Orleans is the Sazerac, which has been credited as the first American cocktail. The original recipe was made using Cognac, but is more commonly made using rye or bourbon nowadays. There are two ingredients that must be used: Peychaud bitters and Absinthe. The preparation is very strict, the way you coat the glass with Absinthe and muddle the Peychaud bitters with sugar. Regardless of whatever cocktails you choose to try, you will be assured to enjoy the best of the Mardi Gras experience!