Not quite able to brave the crowd on Bourbon Street this year? Carefree! Here’s how to celebrate Mardi Gras at home safely with good food, drink and festivities.
What would New Orleans be without a taste of the city’s quintessential fruity cocktail? Stock up on the supplies you’ll need to brew one at home – light and dark rum; fresh orange, lime and passion fruit juice; grenadine; and a maraschino cherry for garnish. Or, leave the mixing to the pros and simply order bottled mix from Pat O’Brien’s online gift shop.
If craft beer is more your jam, good news!
And what would Mardi Gras be without a good beer? New Orleans is home to a number of reputable microbreweries; both Brieux Carré and NOLA Brewing Company products come highly recommended by locals.
A sweet symbol of Mardi Gras, Randazzo’s Camellia City Bakery bakes king cakes from a 50-plus-year-old family recipe in Slidell and ships the delicious frosted confections across the country.
For a drinkable version of New Orleans’ favorite seasonal treat, Gambino’s Bakery produces King Cake Rum Custard made with aged West Indian liquors, Wisconsin creme fraiche and a hint of spice. Cheers.
Turn on the deep fryer for a batch of beignets, delicious square-shaped pastries buried under an avalanche of powdered sugar.
Then close your eyes and pretend to eat them al fresco at the original Café du Monde French Quarter café in New Orleans.
Made not from beans, but from an earthy ground root that lends a bitter, invigorating note to your morning cuppa, New Orleans Roast Chicory Coffee is the perfect accompaniment to pair with fresh donuts. , royal cakes or any other sweet treat.
New Orleans locals like to spice up their gumbo and jambalaya with a spicy twist. Around these regions, connoisseurs wouldn’t dream of reaching for anything other than Crystal Hot Sauce, the beloved regional condiment of choice since 1923.
To get into the party spirit, you’ll need to stock up on beads in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, purple and gold (available to order in bulk here or at most party stores across the country).