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Getting that Mardi Gras Feeling At Home

Oh sweet NOLA.   The home of Cajun comfort food, killer beignets, the ultimate cocktails and music.  The best of all the things that make me happy. How do I bring that happy back home with me?  Well-with Cajun comfort food, killer beignets and the ultimate cocktails and music of course.  So whether it is Mardi Gras season or not here is how you can Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulent! (That’s let the good times roll for y’all).

The only kind of hurricanes that are welcome in New Orleans are the kind served in a tall glass and made for sipping. (And we mean sipping because drinking a couple of these two quickly will be sure to have you feeling like a Category 5 came your way)

Traditional Hurricane Recipe:

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon grenadine
  • Garnish: orange slice and cherry

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a Hurricane glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.  These are sweet and taste like fruit juice but remember, you were warned!

If mixed cocktails that knock you on your ass aren’t your style, try picking up some Abita beer-or if you are looking for some PG libations—well I think you are int he wrong place but maybe try some sweet tea.  Other options for cocktails NOLA include the Sazerac and Pimms Cup…

Now for the eats.  One of the best places to learn how to cook some traditional NOLA fare and have fun doing it is the New Orleans School of Cooking.  If you can’t swing by NOLA just to learn to make some gumbo or etouffe then consider going online and ordering from them; you can get the cookbook and all the goodies needed to get correct on your Cajun and Creole cuisine.  At the minimum get the Joe’s Stuff, Gumbo File and the crawfish boil along with the recipe book.  Then ponder what you want to make.  I highly recommend the Oyster’s Rockefeller, Some Gumbo and some bread pudding for a traditional NOLA meal.  You can also get the Cafe Du Monde Beignet mix from them that will do alright to satisfy that craving.

Music is NOLA, NOLA is music.  Some of my favorites to bring back the Mardi Gras Feeling;

  • Kermit Ruffins: a little guy with a big trumpet sound
  • The Neville Bros for a little NOLA soul
  • Bo Dollis and Monk Boudreux with the ReBirth Brass Band with Shoo-Fly—and the ReBirth Brass Band on their own with Feel Like Funkin’ Up
  • Professor Longhair: Go To the Mardi Gras!


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