Laissez les bons temps rouler!
That’s Cajun for, “Let the good times roll!” Why? Because today, right now, at this very moment, revelers in New Orleans and other traditionally French cities throughout America are celebrating Mardi Gras. That means masks, costumes, dancing, parades and, of course, beads. If you’ve ever wanted to see an adult lose their mind over beads, just go to a Mardi Gras celebration.
Even if you operate a bar outside of NOLA you can celebrate the massive party that’s also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday with your guests. The first Mardi Gras parade celebrated in New Orleans took place in 1837 so maybe it’s your turn to make it a tradition in your community in your bar. It’s fairly simple, really: get your hands on a ton of beads, plastic cups and fake dubloons, encourage your guests to show up with masks, costumes and leave their inhibitions at the door, and you’ve got yourself a Mardi Gras party. To take it a step further, order a king cake from a local bakery.
You can also put these signature cocktails on your menu. Each of these is from the cocktail menu at French Quarter-themed bar Preux & Proper, an Los Angeles hotspot opened by Louisiana transplant Joshua Kopel. For even more cocktail inspiration, be sure to attend the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas. Enter code SAVE30BARNEWS when you register for $30 off your pass!
À votre santé a.k.a. Cheers !
Strawberry moonshine, Bacardi Oakheart and grenadine come together to make the Category 6 Hurricane.
Watermelon moonshine is the start of the Drunken Watermelon.
The Low Hanging Fruit is a moonshine cocktail sure to put your guests in the Mardi Gras mood.
Lemon moonshine and a sophisticated appearance are the hallmarks of the Lemon Smash.
Preux & Proper’s Lincoln Country Citrus is made with moonshine and Cointreau.