21 Mardi Gras Cocktails Too Pretty To Drink — Well, Almost

Published February 9, 2016
Updated February 1, 2018

Discover the photos, recipes, and fun facts behind the strange and colorful world of Mardi Gras cocktails, from cake in a glass to the hand grenade.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one of those cultural events so well-known that few actually really understand it, beyond the superficial, that is.

Most people are aware that it takes place on the Tuesday before Lent begins, but few of us realize that that Tuesday is actually just the ending of a celebration that’s been going on in ebbs and flows since early January. Likewise, we all know that parade participants wear elaborate masks, but did you know that it’s actually illegal to be on a parade float without wearing one?

And finally, of course, we all know Mardi Gras revelers drink — a lot — but few of us know all that much about the colorful world of Mardi Gras cocktails, a drinking culture just as rich, strange, and varied as the gumbo that is New Orleans itself.

Discover the photos, recipes, histories, and fun facts behind the world of Mardi Gras cocktails below:

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21 Mardi Gras Cocktails Too Pretty To Drink — Well, Almost
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For more of Mardi Gras' colorful craziness, check out this amazing vintage Mardi Gras photo. Then, check out some of the world's other great festivals, including the most interesting parades and the most bizarre parades.

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