Sweet and Sassy Southern Cocktails for Mardi Gras 2016

southerncocktailsThe beginning of February is already here and that means, it’s Mardi Gras time! Whether you’re down in good ‘ol New Orleans or celebrating on the Pacific Northwest, this time of year means crawfish, king cake and classic southern cocktails. This year, Twist is serving up two delicious and traditional Big Easy cocktails that can be served at your small or big celebration. They’re easy to make as a communal punch and pair well with heavy appetizers, seafood and of course, spicy Cajun cuisine.

Original Hurricane (pitcher drink recipe, serves 12):
1 bottle (750 mL) of dark rum
1 1/2 cups passion fruit syrup
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of ice

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients, including the ice, into a glass pitcher or punch bowl. Stir ingredients thoroughly.  Allow the mixed punch to sit for at least 15 minutes before serving to allow the ice to melt into the punch. Serving over more ice is optional.

The Sazerac:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Ice cubes
1/4 cup rye whiskey or bourbon
1/4 teaspoon bitters
1/4 teaspoon anise liqueur
Lemon rind twist

Preparation:
Fill a 3 ½ ounce cocktail glass with ice cubes, set aside and let chill. Cook 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool. Combine whiskey, bitters, sugar syrup, and a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and shake it up. Discard ice from glass and coat inside of glass with anise liqueur, shaking out any excess liqueur. Rub lemon rind over rim of glass, and discard rind. Strain whiskey mixture into prepared glass. Drink immediately.

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