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21 Mardi Gras-inspired recipes straight from NOLA

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

Celebrating Mardi Gras dates back all the way to medieval Europe in the 1700s and 1800s. Filled with culinary traditions, here are some of the best recipes to celebrate along with Louisiana!

Like any other carnival or celebration, Mardi Gras has specific recipes that are made around that time and only then. Some are inspired by the colors of the carnival, others are inspired by the cravings for cocktails at 11 a.m.

1. King's Cup cocktail recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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King's Cup cocktail is a blend of pineapple, coconut and lime with a splash of vodka — in this case, vanilla vodka — for a refreshing cocktail.

2. Ramos gin fizz recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

Ramos gin fizz, a boozy cocktail that's bound to entice your taste buds. The secret? Orange-flower water.

3. Hurricane cocktail recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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A twist on the classic Hurricane cocktail, this one is made with passion fruit, which we adore.

4. Cajun bloody mary recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

Cajun bloody mary is a total favorite. Spicing up your classic bloody mary with Cajun spice definitely makes sense to us.

5. Honey Sazerac recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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We're loving the addition of honey to this honey Sazerac. The balance of flavors is pristine.

6. New Orleans brandy milk punch recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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New Orleans brandy milk punch — the best bedtime cocktail we've ever tasted.

7. Sazerac cocktail recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

Sazerac cocktail, a traditional cocktail that can't be missed when visiting New Orleans.

8. Crawfish mac and cheese recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

This decadent crawfish mac and cheese is the way to get a taste of the Big Easy at home.

9. Shrimp and grits recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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Nothing is more comforting than a bowl of creamy shrimp and grits.

10. Po'boy soup recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

Turn a classic NOLA sandwich into this luscious po'boy soup.

11. Jambalaya recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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Make a big batch of this gorgeous jambalaya, and invite your friends to celebrate Mardi Gras at home.

12. Mini muffulettas recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

Mini muffulettas are a fantastic party appetizer. Have a bite of NOLA!

13. Beer-battered catfish po'boys recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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Take a bite out of one of these beer-battered catfish po'boys, and you'll be instantly transported to a corner shop in NOLA.

14. Lobster étouffé recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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This lobster étouffé is a one-pot meal that's done in under an hour, and it'll impress your family and friends.

15. Spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

We're loving this gorgeously bright and spicy chorizo jambalaya with sweet potato rice.

16. Chicken and andouille sausage gumbo recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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The secret to this luscious chicken and andouille sausage gumbo is taking the time to make dark roux. Find out more in this recipe.

17. Vegan jambalaya recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

Just because you are vegan doesn't mean you have to miss out on Mardi Gras food. This vegan jambalaya is savory and delicious.

18. Biscuit beignets with praline sauce recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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OK, we are totally drooling over these biscuit beignets with praline sauce.

19. Pecan pralines recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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New Orleans is all about sweet treats as well, and you need to taste these pecan pralines if you want to be transported to this colorful city.

20. Mardi Gras king cake recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

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Mardi Gras king cake — the perfect way to sweeten any Mardi Gras party.

21. King cake-inspired boozy milkshake recipe

Celebrate Mardi Gras as if you're in New Orleans with these recipes from The Big Easy

Slurp up this king cake-inspired boozy milkshake as the perfect dessert treat.

More New Orleans recipes

Po'boy soup
Blackened shrimp tacos
Fat Tuesday shrimp and sausage jambalaya

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