It’s FAT TUESDAY! This is one of the few times of the YEAR its socially acceptable to get out there and party on a Tuesday night. Okay, who are we kidding…that’s socially acceptable for us all the time! But in all seriousness, Mardi Gras is an amazing copulation of food, drinks, and beads and an event that should be celebrated every year.
As much as I usually love to talk food, we’re skipping the po’boys and gumbo and heading straight for the drinks. And by drinks, I mean shots. Because, hello…it’s Mardi Gras. We all have our New Orleans favorites like the Hurricane or Voodoo Punch. But why stick with the same old, same old. What better way to get the party started, than to fix a drink inspired by your favorite Mardi Gras treat…KING CAKE.
King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition, that you often find all over New Orleans. So, if you haven’t gone out and tried one, you need to! Traditionally made out of sweet brioche dough and then shaped in a hollow circle, they are usually glazed then topped with colored sugars (Mardi colors—green, purple, & gold).
Most bakeries place a small plastic baby inside or un
derneath the cake and whoever gets the baby has to host next year! So, I’m taking inspiration from such a fun cake and turning it into a shot (goodbye carbs!). If you’d rather enjoy this tasty treat as a full drink, just double the recipe!
- 4 oz. vanilla vodka
- 1 ½ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 1 oz. orange liqueor
- 4 oz. milk or half and half
- Green, purple, and gold sanding sugar for the glass
- Place your sanding sugars on a flat plate grouped close together. Dip the rim of your shot glass in water and gently shake off any excess. Dip rim in sand sugar, repeat with the rest of your shot glasses.
- Add 5 cubes of ice to a shaker, and add all of your liquid ingredients. Shake until chilled and gently pour into your shot glasses.
Do you have a favorite story from celebrating Mardi Gras, or a go to drink? Let us know below!