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Lu Brow is a cocktail book author and bar chef at the Swizzle Stick Bar. She puts the bourbon in Bourbon Street - and for that, we are forever indebted.
Five Cocktails I Enjoy Creating and CONSUMING During Mardi Gras: Lu Brow
1. First thought is a Sazerac
The parade attracts mostly locals who will understand the political picking and inside jokes of Louisiana politics. The parade is not for children or the faint of heart. Or for those easily offended. If you do not fit in any of those categories plan on having the time of your life!"
2. Brandy Milk Punch
I've always said it would be a better world if we had Brandy Milk Punch shops like we do coffee shops. Now, this is not consumed to replace a proper breakfast. One must find something to eat for nutrition. Like applewood smoked bacon and fried eggs. Combine that with a BMP and you've got a breakfast fit for kings. Or queens. After all, we do live in New Orleans."
3. Champagne Cocktail
This year I'll be serving Jill's cocktail which is named after Jill DeGroff who is a lovely woman and talented artist. It's made with crème de violette, St. Germain, lemon and champagne. It turns out a beautiful violet color which is perfect for Mardi Gras. See how easy this is?"
4. French Market Coffee Cocktail
5. Mardi Gras Punch
I had gotten home late and had guests literally walking in the door when I arrived. I took one look at my liquor cabinet and thought, 'Okay, here goes.' It has a little vodka (I know, but come on we all drink it), a little gin, more than a little rum, a little Cointreau, a little cherry brandy, a little lime and lemon, a good shake of bitters and whole lotta love. It's best consumed in a plastic cup when taking a cab or walking to the parade."
What's your favorite Mardi Gras tipple? Laissez les bons temps rouler in the comments below. (And, be sure to come back tomorrow for a "hair of the dog" with Lu, in which she advises what NOT to do during the bead-throwing festivities.)
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