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Mardi Gras Kiss

Mardi Gras Kiss


Mix up a few of these for your guests, and they will thank you by giving you the universal currency of the holiday—beads.MORE+LESS-

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(1/2 oz.) Brugal Añejo Rum

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    In a shaker with ice, combine ingredients, shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

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  • If you can’t make it down to New Orleans to celebrate Fat Tuesday, then bring a little bit of NOLA to you with a few drinks inspired by the notorious shindig.Mardi Gras is the last big indulgent celebration before Lent—so whether you’re looking to go into your fasting period with a bang or just enjoy the festive colors and sparkly beads associated with the party, below are some drinks that will surely make your Mardi Gras one to remember (as long as you don’t drink too many…)!
  • The first libation was actually developed by a bartender down in New Orleans, so you know it’s legit. The Flambeaux Mambo is the concoction of Lu Brow, and it includes two ingredients that pay homage to the Big Easy’s Southern roots. The hooch in the beverage is Southern Comfort and the fire comes from Tabasco sauce. Don’t be put off by a little heat—the other ingredients are quite sweet, so this a good mix of sugar and spice. You can describe Mardi Gras in the same way.
  • SoCo not your style? How about a little rum? It’s fitting to use this spirit, which is connected to NOLA due to the city’s Caribbean roots. Pair the Mardi Gras Kiss with some Creole cooking and you’ll see why so many folks are totally into the region’s cuisine. Brugal Rum comes from the Dominican Republic, and for this little ditty it’s mixed with pineapple juice for tropical flair and Amaretto liqueur for balance. Mix up a few of these for your guests, and they will thank you by giving you the universal currency of the holiday—beads.
  • If you want to keep it classic, just mix yourself the drink that is mostly closely identified with New Orleans (it was invented there in the 1800s). The Sazerac is boozy, bold and flavorful. Check out the recipe and remember that this one is a doozie. While you might be able to down a few of the cocktails mentioned above, you should probably only have one of these if you want to avoid turning Fat Tuesday into Hangover Wednesday.

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Mardi Gras Kiss - Recipes

Who’s ready to celebrate Mardi Gras this year? We are! There are a lot of elements that make up a good Mardi Gras party and drinks are at the top of that list.

From traditional margaritas to unique New Orleans’ hurricane cocktails, there are plenty of delicious drink recipes to go around.

If you’re not sure what bubbly beverages to serve at your Mardi Gras party this year, consider these five recipes below:

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1. Raspberry Key Lime Margaritas

2. King Cake Jello Shots

3. Purple Haze Martini

4. Low Carb Margarita

(for those of you watching your waistline :))

5. New Orleans’ Hurricane

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Stephanie Cartin, Social Media Expert + Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur at heart, Stephanie walked away from her corporate career in 2012 to follow her passion to launch Socialfly, a leading social-first digital and influencer marketing agency based in New York City. Socialfly has since blossomed to over 30 full-time employees and has been named to Inc. 5000's fastest growing private companies two years in a row. The agency has worked with over 200 well-known brands including Girl Scouts, WeTV, Conair, Nest Fragrances, 20th Century Fox and Univision. Stephanie is the co-host of the Entreprenista Podcast and co-author of Like, Love, Follow: The Entreprenista's Guide to Using Social Media To Grow Your Business. She is also a recent recipient of the SmartCEO Brava award, which recognizes the top female CEOs in New York and a Stevie Award for Women Run Workplace of the Year.

Kristina Ross, Content Creator + Social Media Whiz

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A.V. Perkins, Selfmade Alum and Creator of AVdoeswhat

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David Mesfin, Creative Director + Brand Expert

David is a multi-disciplinary designer and creative director with award-winning integrated campaign background, including the Super Bowl, FIFA, NFL, and global launch campaign. He has created global partnerships to increase brand awareness through traditional, digital, social, and experimental marketing campaigns, collaborating with C-suite leaders from Genesis, Hyundai, Honda, Sony, Adidas, Oakley, Toyota, Neutrogena, Land more to communicate their company's vision through creative and marketing. He has earned awards from Cannes, One Show, Clio, Webby, EFFIE, Communication Arts, Google Creative Sandbox, OC and LA ADDY, DIGIDAY, TED | Ads Worth Spreading, American Advertising Federation, FWA, The A-List Hollywood Awards, IAB Mixx, and Graphis.

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German Karneval Mardi Gras

When the German Karneval Mardi Gras season starts

German Karneval Mardi Gras or Carnival (Karneval) goes by a lot of different names: Fasching, Fastnacht, and Fassenacht. But it all means one thing… fun! Germans consider this time “the fifth season” of the year, and it starts on November 11, or specifically, on 11.11 at 11:11 am. The festivity will reach its peak the following year with a six-day celebration that ends before Ash Wednesday (February 10). That’s right it’s the last days of eating, drinking, and merriment before the start of Lent.

The carnival season has its strongholds in Germany’s Rhineland, Rhinish Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Franconia, Lusatia and Baden-Württemberg, but is celebrated in other regions, as well.

During the event, a prince or a royal couple (Prinzenpaar) governs Karneval with the support of the Elferrat – an eleven-member council of the kingdom of fools and includes their royal retinue.

Peak of German Karneval Mardi Gras

The Fasching ritual starts on Fat Thursday (fetter or schmotziger Donnerstag). This is not to be confused with Fat Tuesday in the states. The Fat Thursday is an unofficial holiday that celebrates the Weiberfastnacht—the celebration of women. The fun starts at 11:11 am, when the ladies take over town hall and the mayor symbolically hands over the key to the city. From here on out, the women rule. So men, be careful out there. A lovely lady has the right to cut off your tie. In return, you may get a kiss—or two, if you’re lucky.

The party continues on Sooty Friday (Ruβiger Freitag). In the evening, the main TV stations broadcast the carnival proceedings under the direction of the Elferrat. This four-hour show is filled with dances, sketches, and speeches from a soap box. In front of this platform, you’ll find usually the traditional Till Eulenspiegel—a character that’s your typical joker.

Throughout the evening, the performances are very professional and include dancers (Tanzmariechen) who, at a very young age, already mastered the sophisticated dance moves and impressive leg kicks.

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Schmaltzy Saturday (Schmalziger Samstag or Nelken Samstag) is the quiet before the storm. It starts with little parades throughout smaller cities on Sunday (Kappes or Tulpen Sonntag) —leading to larger parades on Rosenmontag in much bigger cities like Mainz, Duesseldorf, and Cologne. On Shrove Monday (Rosenmontag), TV stations broadcast the parades that are full of revelry, marching, satirical floats, and all-around amusement. Spectators leave extra early to secure places in the front rows to catch all the action.

In the crowd, spectators are prepared with bags to collect goodies tossed to them by the parade participants. When the head of the parade arrives, everybody knows to throw their arms up to greet the groups with a loud and clear “HELAU!” or “ALAAF!” These enthusiastic greetings differ depending on the region. The parades are very diverse with a variety of cultural backgrounds represented. It is truly a unified festival for all to enjoy.

The height of Mardi Gras is on Shrove Tuesday (fetter Dienstag or Veilchendienstag—Fat Tuesday in America). Traditionally, the day ends with masquerade ball (Lumpenball). At midnight, the people attending the dance remove their masks and reveal their true identities. In some regions, they even burn a straw doll which, conveniently, removes any sins committed during the carnival season.

All rituals and festivities are accompanied by traditional music that is well-known by every generation. Click on the link below to learn more and have a listen.

The ultimate playlist for Mardis Gras. 44 great carnival songs!

During carnival, Germans typically enjoy two kinds of food: spicy or sweet. Click on the links below to discover my traditional Mardi Gras recipes.

Helau and Alaaf! Yours, Oma

Special thank you to photographer Mattias Kehrein for sharing with me his wonderful Mardi Gras celebration photos. All rights reserved.


Mardi Gras King Cupcakes

I'm a fan of New Orleans. I've been there twice, and consider it the anti-Vermont: so different in so many ways, I feel that I'm visiting a foreign country.

Yet I also feel a kinship with the city. I love its restaurants and open-air markets, its beignets and chicory coffee, the Mississippi River waterfront, its stunning architecture.

And I ache for the homes and lives lost to Katrina's devastation no one should suffer the way New Orleanians have.

And now with Mardi Gras right around the corner (its parades have already begun), New Orleans will be rocking right up through Fat Tuesday.

And I'll be joining the celebration, albeit from afar. I usually bake King Cake, a sweet yeast bread iced and decorated in Mardi Gras' traditional colors – violet, gold (yellow), and green. This year I'm trying something new: King Cupcakes, moist, golden cakes featuring King Cake's signature nutmeg and lemon-vanilla flavors, crowned with lemon-scented cream cheese icing.

Laissez les bons temps rouler, indeed!

Join the celebration: let's bake King Cupcakes.

Let's start with a couple of key ingredients. Fiori di Sicilia flavor combines vanilla and citrus think Creamsicle. Lemon oil offers the fresh, bright flavor of lemon – without having to grate any rind (or your knuckles!)

Here's a must-have: Mardi Gras' classic colors – yellow (gold), violet, and green – in sparkling topping sugars. These sugars will take your cupcakes from Main Street to Bourbon Street.

OK, let's start at the beginning. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Whisk together the following in a mixing bowl:

1 cup (198g) granulated sugar
1 2/3 cups (198g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

Add 6 tablespoons (85g) soft butter, and beat with an electric mixer at low speed, until the mixture looks sandy.

Combine 2/3 cup (152g) room-temperature milk 1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia (OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil), and add to the dry ingredients.

Mix at low speed for 30 seconds, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds, till thick and smooth.

Scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl.

With the mixer running at low speed, add 1 large egg. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds. Add another large egg, again beating for 30 seconds. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and beat briefly, just till smooth.

Lightly grease and flour a muffin pan. You can also line the muffin pan with papers, and spray the insides of the papers.

Scoop the batter by heaping 1/4-cupfuls into the prepared muffin tin. A muffin scoop works well here.

The cups will be about 3/4 full.

King Cakes always have a “prize” inside - usually a tiny plastic or porcelain figure of a baby. Whoever gets the prize gets to buy the next King Cake!

Tuck a chocolate candy kiss or other small chocolate candy into the center of one of the cupcakes chocolate is tastier than plastic, and you don't have to worry about anyone breaking a tooth on porcelain.

Bake the cupcakes for 23 to 25 minutes.

When they're done, they'll be domed, and a light golden brown around the edges. They'll spring back when pressed gently on top, and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven, and place on a rack to cool completely before icing.

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the icing.

Beat together the following:

3 tablespoons (43g) butter, at room temperature
half an 8-ounce package (113g) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon lemon oil

Add 2 cups (227g) confectioners' sugar gradually, beating well. Beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons (14g to 28g) milk, enough to make a spreadable icing.

Scoop out a generous 2 tablespoons of icing. A tablespoon cookie scoop works well here.

Dollop the icing onto a cupcake.

Spread it to the edges of the cake. A flexible nylon spreader comes in handy.

Ah, which sugar to use. coarse, or fine?

I decided on coarse it's more in-your-face bright and sparkly than the fine-grind. More New Orleans Mardi Gras. I'll save the fine for another day.

Place your three colored sugars – purple, yellow (gold), and green – into paper muffin cups. Dip 1/3 of the iced cake in one of the sugars.

Carefully dip in the remaining two sugars.

Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.

Fine sugars on the left coarse on the right. The choice is yours.

Whoever finds the chocolate candy baked inside their cupcake has to bake the next batch!


Recipe Summary

  • ½ cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup creamy or crunchy unsweetened peanut butter
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (about 6 3/8 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 40 chocolate candy kisses (such as Hershey&rsquos), foil removed

Preheat oven to 375°F with racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment.

Beat butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar with a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment on medium speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg, beating on medium speed until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add milk and vanilla, and beat until combined, about 30 more seconds.

Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. With mixer running on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture, beating until well blended.

Shape dough into 1-tablespoon balls, and roll in remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven until golden, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating baking sheets between racks and front to back halfway through bake time. Remove from oven, and immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie. Cool completely on baking sheets, about 20 minutes.


Festive Mardi Gras Punch

I think you deserve a wonderfully delicious Mardi Gras Festive Punch in your punch bowl for your next Mardi Gras shindig! Really, I do! And our punch so delicious! Why? Well, I will tell you why. For one it is loosely based on the classic Hurricane cocktail created by New Orleans&rsquo very own Pat O&rsquoBrien!

So, this isn&rsquot just another pretty-faced drink, our punch ties into the whole tradition of Mardi Gras and all of it&rsquos interesting and cool traditions.

Also, are Mardi Gras Festive Punch is built around our Mardi Gras King Cake Soda Ice Ring. Yup, we kinda started this punch in a sorta reverse order. First, we made the ice ring then we made the punch because our festive ice ring is a major part of the ingredients!

We have a lil&rsquo secret our ice ring is made with King Cake Soda! So, as it melts, it compliments the other ingredients into of watering them down.

Our punch is made with Orange Passion Mango soda and R osé with Rosehips Sparkling Juice it&rsquos non-alcoholic and if you want to keep it that way then stop right here.

But if you want to make an adult version of our Mardi Gras punch then all you have to do is add a cup of dark rum and a cup of light rum. Give everything a good stir and let the good times roll!


10-Piece Bar Tool Set with Stylish Bamboo Stand - If you want to have all of your bar tools together on one stand this one is great.

Double Jigger - Easily measure out liquid ingredients for your cocktail

Glass Rimming Set - Easily rim your glasses with either salt or sugar

Long cocktail muddler - Perfect for muddling cucumbers and berries for Alchemy Bar drinks.

Stainless Steel Stir Stick - Great for combing cocktails that do not need to be shaken

Copper Bartending Kit - I love the look of this copper set. It would look gorgeous on a home bar.

Crystal Cocktail Mixing Glass - Very similar to the ones you see in the Alchemy Bar.

Cocktail Shaker - Perfect for mixing the perfect martini

Stemless Martini Glasses - These are super similar to what you get at the Alchemy Bar

Tropical Hurricane Glasses - Perfect for Pina Coladas and blended tropical drinks

Old Fashion/Whiskey Glasses - These rocks glasses are perfect for the Caribbean Manhatten and Whiskey Cocktails


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