I love New Orleans; the food, the cultural and the cocktails! With that being said I would not want to be there during Mardi Gras, as it's really not my scene. Instead I'd much rather celebrate the events of Carnival at home with a few close friends and New Orleans inspired beverages.
Both the Vieux Carre and the La Louisiane, cousin of the sazerac, will give you a taste of the Big Easy no matter where you are celebrating.
2 oz. rye whiskey
1⁄2 oz. sweet vermouth (I used Yzaguirre)
1⁄4 oz. Benedictine
3 dashes bitters
2 dashes absinthe
Luxardo cherry, to garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the rye with the vermouth, Benedictine, bitters, and absinthe. Stir and strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a cherry
1/2 teaspoon Benedictine
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
3/4 ounce rye whiskey
3/4 ounce cognac
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth (I used Yzaguirre)
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice, stir well and strain. Serve over ice, garnished wit a cherry.