Carnival Cocktail Recipe

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In all the world there’s nothing like Carnival season in New Orleans. This month, streets in every part of the metro area become stages for a celebration that’s widespread but personal and enthusiastic. It is the annual party we throw for ourselves and invite anyone from anywhere to join in.

Occupying a key plot of land along New Orleans’ grandest Carnival parade route is the Eiffel Society. In the early 1980s, more than 11,000 pieces of steel were removed from midway up Paris’ most visible landmark, the Eiffel Tower, and reassembled here in New Orleans as a 6,000 square foot restaurant, bar and entertainment space. Adding to the dramatic effect, the entire structure is 14-feet up from ground level and Carnival parades rolling by have to pass this point, making for a cultural mish-mash of Old France meeting Creole with a heavy dollop of a New Orleans party.

It is a fitting place and time to introduce a cocktail created just for this occasion by the talented mixologists Will King and Jesi Goodwin at The Eiffel Society.


On the Avenue
1 1/2  ounces Death’s Door Gin
3/4     ounce King’s Ginger liqueur
1/4    ounce simple syrup
1/2    ounce freshly squeezed Meyer lemon
4    slices fresh cucumber
5     small basil leaves


Muddle cucumber and basil leaves with simple syrup and lemon juice. Add gin and ginger liqueur. Add ice. Shake and strain with a julep strainer into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a cucumber wheel (not pictured).
 

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