Hosting Mardi Gras Like a Real New Orleanian
It isn’t just any Tuesday, it’s Fat Tuesday! Or, better known as Mardi Gras, the one day of the year solely dedicated to overindulging in your favorite foods before giving them all up. It’s turned into a huge national day of partying and the team at Cocktail Courier loves an excuse to host a good party! From King Cake recipes to party decorations, we’ve got everything you need to help you and the krewe throw a good ‘ol fashion NOLA shindig.
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes
In some countries, Fat Tuesday, or “Shrove Tuesday,” is celebrated by eating pancakes, the easiest and most delicious way of getting rid of all those tempting ingredients like butter, eggs, and fat before Lent (or just making up for indulging). We love how this pancake recipe has a little Limoncello in it for that extra touch of sweet citrusy goodness. The key is to swirl the pan around once pouring in the batter to get that nice thin crepe pancake shape.
New Orleans Style Tablescape
We’re trying to light up the night without setting it in on fire which is exactly why we are obsessed with these flameless glittery candles. The official Mardi Gras colors are purple representing justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Have any leftover balloons from New Years? Blow ’em up big, tie a bow with thick ribbon, and let them hang high above your party guests’ heads.
Mardi Gras Mask
DIY beautiful masquerade masks for you and your guests. Feathers, glitter glue, and colorful beads are the secret ingredients to a perfect parade-worthy disguise. Set up a mask-making table at the party to keep guests entertained while the dessert cools in the kitchen!
The traditional King “Cake” is more like a pastry and is usually braided or rolled into the shape of a ring then filled with cream, praline filling, or buttery cinnamon sugar. For bakers short on time, Tastemade subbed out homemade dough for premade cinnamon rolls. Each cake contains a hidden plastic baby or fava bean! Whoever gets the baby (or bean!) is named “king” and is knighted with good luck for the whole year. With great power comes great responsibility– the “king” must bring the cake to next year’s celebration!
Cocktail Courier’s ‘French Quarter 75’
The French 75 is a cocktail traditionally made with gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. It’s basically a Tom Collins in a sparkly dress, but don’t be caught off guard by the glittering façade, this Parisian cocktail packs a punch! Served cold in a champagne flute glass, this secretly boozy drink can be enjoyed day or night. Our version uses cognac instead of gin, a nod to its roots as the original spirit used. It gives a richer, rounder flavor for a champagne cocktail with a little bit of panache!
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