Celebrate Fat Tuesday

Even If We Are Stuck Inside

You can make yourself the traditional drink of Mardi Gras in New Orleans; the Sazerac, thought to be the first cocktail.  Ever.

Sazerac Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons Herbsaint or Pernod
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Peychaud’s bitters or angostura bitters
  • 4 teaspoons simple syrup
  • lemon twist

Directions:

  • Swirl 1/2 teaspoon Herbsaint or Pernod in each of 4 Martini glasses to coat inside of glasses.
  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add bourbon, bitters, simple syrup, and lemon twist. Shake well; strain into glasses.

Recipe & Video from the Huffington Post

If we aren’t stuck inside here’s a handy little guide to Fat Tuesday celebrations around the city.  So make some plans or get some supplies; who knows what Mother Nature has in store for us.

A Little (Ancient) Fat Tuesday History That Could or Could Not Be True

Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is traditionally thought to be a religious (Roman Catholic) celebration which has morphed into the visions of the drunken debauchery of modern day celebrations.  While this is true, some people believe that the celebrations started long before Christianity came to be.  It is possible the ancient Roman pagan celebration called Lupercalia is the precursor to Mardi Gras; which, interestingly enough, was purported to be full of drunkenness & debauchery.  Isn’t it funny how things go full circle?

The Lupercalia celebration, held in Rome in February, honored the Roman deity “Lupercus”; a God of fertility.  The Romans wore masks, dressed in costumes & were incredibly indulgent in their worship of the god of wine (Bacchus) & the goddess of love (Venus).  The masks & the costumes were designed to disguise one’s identity so revelers felt free to do as they wished while taking part in the bacchanal.  Infer what you wish – I bet you’re correct.  The idea was to indulge in all the food, wine & “fun” you desired before the 40 day fast that preceded the Lupercalia (thought to have become Lent).