Category Archives: Mardi Gras

Cocktail suggestions and recipes inspired by one of the largest and most amazing parties recognized around the world. Make sure to stock up on beads !

Not Just Any Tuesday: Fat Tuesday

For those of you that can’t get enough of Mardi Gras or more importantly who could not attend, here are a few more great recipes to indulge in at home or your local tavern in your city away from “The Big Easy” this year. All recipes are courtesy of Absolut Vodka, or Skyy Vodka unless otherwise noted.


Half of 1 lime
2 ounces fresh mango, cubed
1/2 ounce simple syrup (see recipe)
2 ounces Absolut New Orleans
Lime wedge for garnish

Muddle lime, fresh mango and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge. Simple syrup: Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil. Simmer, stirring, until sugar is dissolved.

Mardi Grape

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Grape
2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
2 oz. Grape Juice
0.5 oz. Club Soda

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Garnish with green and red grapes on a toothpick.

Southern Belle

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple
0.5 oz. Light Rum
0.5 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz. Coconut Rum
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
1 oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Orange Juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a hurricane glass with ice. Garnish with cocktail umbrella and straw.

French Margarita (
Adapted by the Professional Drinker)

2  oz. Herradura Silver
½ oz. Chambord®
¼ oz. Patron Citronage
2 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1½ oz. Agave Nectar*

Carnival 76 ( Courtesy Chris Hannah)

½ oz Absolut Citron
½ oz Pamma Pomegranate Liqueur
¼ oz Chambord
Fresh Muddled Raspberries and Strawberries
Topped with Mumms Cordon Rouge champagne

Muddle the fresh raspberries and strawberries with ¼ oz Chambord in a mixing glass. Add the Absolut Citron, Pamma Pomegranate Liqueur and ice. Shake and strain into a Champagne Flute. Top with Mumms Cordon Rouge Champagne.


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Show Us Your Beads: Mardi Gras Cocktails

Happy Mardi Gras ! Thats right, today is Fat Tuesday… and for those of you not familiar with it, it is a day that few who have partaken in will ever forget. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” is a celebration dating back to the middle ages in France where you were to un-regret-tingly indulge in lifes pleasures before a embarking on a 40 day period of prayer. Today that translates to binge drinking, endless eating, and nudity for the sake of beads along the streets of New Orleans, particularly Bourbon street. If you weren”t able to make it to the N.O. this year don’t worry, most major cities have events trying to recreate the magic and if you’re still out of luck I have some wonderful cocktails for you courtesy of Skyy Vodka.

The Beaded Lady

1 oz. SKYY Infusions Passion Fruit
1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Lime Juice
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
Dash of Bitters
Soda water

Combine all the ingredients (except the bitters and soda) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into iced tall pilsner glass. Top with soda & bitters. Garnish with pineapple star.

Absolut Big Breezy

2 oz parts Absolut New Orleans vodka
4 chunks fresh watermelon
1 oz part simple syrup
squeeze of fresh lemon
pinch of black pepper
melon ball for garnish
lemon slice for garnish

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a melon ball and lemon slice.

Fat Tuesday Ice Tea

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Citrus
1 oz. Lemonade
3 oz. Sweet Iced Tea

Combine all ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Bourbon Street Lemonade

3 ounces Absolut New Orleans
1 ounce Perfect Mango Puree of Napa Valley
4 ounces fresh lemonade
Fresh mango, diced, for garnish

Combine Absolut New Orleans, mango puree and fresh lemonade in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with diced fresh mango.

Soco Lime Hurricane

3 ounces Southern Comfort
1-½ ounce sweet and sour mix
½ ounce blue curacao
½ ounce sweetened lime juice

Fill a sugar-rimmed hurricane glass with ice. Add all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and cherry.

Hope you enjoy. Don’t forget, you DO still have work/school tomorrow regardless of how this night ends. Class dismissed.


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A Taste of Carnival: Salto Cachaça

Its March already, meaning Carnival & Mardi Gras are here, St. Patty’s day is just around the corner and before you know it, Summer will arrive. With that being said I thought it fitting to start turning my attention towards a popular summer spirit that is probably one of my favorite discoveries since joining the beverage industry; Cachaça. Pronounced Kah-Shah-Sah, this sugarcane based liquor comes to us from Brazil, and much like Cognac, it’s a region based spirit so if it isn’t from Brazil, you’re not drinking Cachaça. Recently I started hearing a buzz about a newer brand that was being launched in the UK (Sorry U.S. Drinkers) called Salto, and as fate would have it, I was recently contacted by a member of  Truffle PR, their public relations firm with some wonderful recipes to share just in time for the kickoff to Rio Carnival on the 5th.

Salto, named after a town in the heart of Brazil’s foremost cachaça-producing region, is made from premium cachaça distilled in Brazil. The rum-like spirit is then imported into England where it is then infused with flavors of bitter orange grapefruit, and lime to create it’s unique and refreshing taste. Salto offers a friendly ABV of just 24%, lower than your typical cachaça brand (38%), which combined with its citrus and bitter flavors gives it a bit more “drink-ability”. With cachaça being the fastest growing spirit in the UK, Salto is the perfect way for UK consumers to experience everything that Brazilian culture is known for.

In homage to the festival of color that makes Brazilian carnival famous throughout the world, Salto has created a range of “Carnival Colored Cocktails. These new cocktails will be officially launched at the Rio Carnival fund-raising evening in aid of the charity “Bringing Research To Life” that will be held in London on the 19th of March 2011 to coincide with Brazilian Carnival. Salto is proud to sponsor this charity. The Carnival Colored Cocktails will be available from February 28th at the following bars and restaurants:

Rocket Restaurant & Bar Mayfair, 4 Lancashire Court, London, W1S 1EY
Rocket Restaurant & Bar Old Broad Street, 6 Adams Court, Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1DX
Rocket Restaurant & Bar Canary Wharf, 2 Churchill Place, London, E14 5RB

Here’s a preview of some of the cocktails that will be available at these venues:

Samba de la Salto, Rocket Mayfair

50ml Salto
10ml Blue Curacao
10ml Lime Juice
25ml Passion fruit Puree
10ml Passion Syrup

Favela Shake, Rocket The City

40ml Salto
4 Pieces fresh chili (muddled)
4 lime wedges
20ml fresh lime juice
20ml Krupnik
10ml Gomme
50ml Mango Puree

Rio 40 Degrees, Rocket Canary Wharf

30ml Salto
20ml Napoleon Mandarin
10ml Passoa
10ml Lime juice




For more information, or for a few great recipe suggestions visit Salto’s colorful website at Photos and recipes were courtesy of Looking to get your hands on a bottle? Salto is available in most off-trace outlets, as well as many bars and venues throughout the UK. U.S. residents will have to wait patiently or find a UK retailer with some friendly shipping rates. Don’t forget to become a Fan on Facebook and show your support. Class dismissed !


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