Looking for a little Carnival tipple? Consider these cocktails
New Orleans is said to be the home of the first cocktail. During Carnival season, it's ground zero for boozers-alcohol is served morning, noon, and night. The following adult beverages were all invented in the Big Easy. Try one to add a touch of authenticity to your Mardi Gras party.
The Inside Scoop
Here's what we're talking about when we refer to "the first cocktail." In the early 1800s, pharmacist Antoine Peychaud invented a brand of bitters to soothe rotten stomachs. Then he invented a drink for the bitters. Voilà, cocktails.
Ramos Gin Fizz
This gin drink tastes like a floral bouquet, thanks to the addition of orange flower water.
Necessity being the mother of invention, when absinthe was outlawed in 1912, J.M. Legendre came up with his own wormwood-free version of the anise-flavored liqueur. Substitute it for any recipe that calls for Pernod. (Incidentally, it'sRead More »from New Orleans Cocktails for Mardi Gras