10 Traditional New Orleans Cocktails To Make During Mardi Gras

Round one: Hurricanes.

hurricane cocktail with cherry and orange wedge
Ethan Calabrese

When Carnival ends, the celebration of Mardi Gras begins — also known as the last day to consume all the deep fried foods, cakes, and booze you want before Ash Wednesday arrives and Lent begins. Can't make it to the Big Easy this year? You can still raise a glass to Fat Tuesday by making these classic New Orleans cocktails at home—or ordering one in your hometown bar. For more Mardi Gras party ideas, check out our favorite Mardi Gras food recipes.

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Ethan Calabrese

If you're in New Orleans, you should most definitely stop by Pat O'Brien's bar—they lay claim to one of New Orleans' most famous beverages: the Hurricane. If you're at home, here's how to make one yourself.

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Milk Punch
Emily Hlavac Green

A brunch staple in New Orleans thanks to Benjamin Franklin. Ours is made with bourbon but you'll also find brandy is very common.

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The Sazerac is the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans. In the city, you can get a great one at the bar inside the Roosevelt hotel, which has been serving it since 1949.

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Strawberry Daiquiri
Ethan Calabrese

Want a classic strawberry? We've got you covered.

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Bourbon Hot Toddy
Parker Feierbach

The classic Bourbon St. cure.

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Ethan Calabrese

Down in NOLA, daiquiris can be found EVERYWHERE. At the drive-thru, at bars, in restaurants. At some of these pitstops, you can even order yours by the gallon. Usually, though, it's by the cup, and that cup is classy styrofoam or plastic. If you're recreating the vibe at home, we suggest going with this frozen watermelon daiquiri.

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King Cake Shots
Brandon Bales

These aren't traditional, but are fun.

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Drunk Grasshopper
Austin Kearns

Grasshoppers have been served at Tujague's in the French Quarter since 1919—if you want to make a copycat, we've got a great one.

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Mint Julep
Lindsay Funston

Mint juleps are a southern classic—if you're drinking at home, we love this strawberry jalapeño recipe.

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Zombie Cocktail Recipe
Ethan Calabrese

This tiki drink is peak New Orleans—and with multiple rums inside, it'll get you prettyyy tipsy.

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