Carnival gatherings are (albeit safely) in full swing. We are thrilled that Carnival is back in New Orleans this year and whether you’re taking it to the streets or staying in, we’ve got cocktail recipes and can’t-miss events.

New Orleans as we know is popular for perfecting some of the classics, like The French 75. For a twist on the gin and champagne serve, swap in vodka and try your hand at a Ketel One Dutch 75 or Ketel One Botanical 75.

Award-winning bartender and Zacapa Rum’s mixologist, Lynnette Marrero also took inspiration from New Orleans’ famed favorites and has created the below King Cake Daiquiri just for the occasion.

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 oz. Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka
  • .75 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • 0.75 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine

Directions:

  1. Combine Ketel One Citroen, lemon juice and simple syrup in a mixing glass.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute.
  3. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine.
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

This year, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is teaming up with the New Orleans Bourbon Festival to host ‘Year of American Whiskey’. The New Orleans Bourbon Festival, Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) and the Southern Food & Beverage Museum are kicking off a series of programs that will delve into the history, stories and culture of the most iconic spirit.

On February 19, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., just a stone’s throw from the St. Charles parade route, the museum will serve as parade headquarters for the day, offering respite when needed, as well as showcasing Redemption Rye Whiskey. Crafted by Master Blender Dave Carpenter, Redemption Whiskey is inspired by pre-Prohibition recipes that bring forth truly distinctive ‘rye-forward’ notes. Tickets are $20 per person and include all-day access to the Museum (11:00 to 5:00 p.m.); whiskey tasting from Redemption Rye, and all ticket purchasers are entered into a raffle for a Bayou St. Cake King Cake created by Chef Bronwen Wyatt. Additional snacks and cocktails will be available for purchase at the museum.

Grande Krewe (2305 Decatur) is excited to announce the second annual Agave Tasting Seminar. On Wednesday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m., Lane Primeaux, of Uncorked Fine Wines & Spirits, will host a guided tasting. Primeaux will explain the intricacies and wonders of agave spirits with a focus on tequila and mezcal. There is a limit of 12 participants so sign up for $45 per person. Click here to reserve your spot.

 

Happy Carnival, y’all!