Holiday Cocktails on Louisiana's Coast

Jefferson Parish

We love celebrating the holidays in Jefferson Parish! And no holiday celebration is complete without apple cider! We love this Spiked Apple Cider recipe from HGTV!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups apple cider
1 cup apple brandy
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
6 apple slices, for garnish

Instructions

1. Chill cocktail glasses in freezer.
2. Fill a tall cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add cider, brandy, lemon juice and maple syrup. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
3. Pour mixed and chilled ingredients through strainer of cocktail shaker and into chilled cocktail glasses.
4. Cut a thin slit into each apple slice and perch onto the rim of each glass for garnish.

 

Iberia Parish

Nothing’s better than a holiday down the bayou in Iberia Parish. Why not try a Christmas twist on the classic Bloody Mary with Iberia Travel’s Merry Mary Punch. As the home of Tabasco, they’ve been adding spice to everything since the hot sauce began 150 years ago. Visit IberiaTravel.com to start planning your trip today, and see all the holiday fun to be had this yuletide season.

Merry Mary Punch

Courtesy of TABASCO® 
Makes 24 servings.

Ingredients

1 (32-ounce) bottle TABASCO® brand Mildly Seasoned or Extra Spicy Bloody Mary Mix
1 1/2 quarts orange juice
1 cup lemon juice (juice of 6 lemons)
2 tablespoons sugar · 2 cups gin, vodka, or rum, or to taste
Lemon wedges and celery sticks (optional) 

 

Preparation 

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour into punch bowl with large block of ice or decorative ice float.
If desired, garnish each serving with lemon wedge and celery stick.

 

Calcasieu/Cameron Parishes

Winter on the Bayou
Created by L’Auberge Casino Resort
Kelly Bistok - Creator of Cocktails
Logan Monroe - Brand Ambassador

Ingredients

2 ½ Cups Bayou Spiced Rum
4 Cups Whole Milk
4 Cups Light Cream
1 ½ Cups Sugar
12 Eggs – Separate Yolks from Whites
5  Cloves
2 ½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Freshly Grated Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Method

Combine Milk, Cloves, ½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon into saucepan on low setting for about five minutes.  Slowly bring mixture to a boil. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar, whisking together until fluffy.  Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs.  Pour mixture back into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes or until thick.  Do not allow mixture to boil.  Strain to remove cloves and let cool for about an hour. While waiting for the mixture to cool, place egg whites in a large bowl and whip until soft peaks start to form.  Set aside. Stir in Rum, Cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and nutmeg into original mixture once cooled.  Fold in whipped egg whites. Refrigerate overnight. Shake well, pour into glass and garnish with freshly grated Nutmeg and a Cinnamon Sticks.

Serves 12-14. Enjoy!  

Hunting Ground

Near the chief’s small House
When the leaves begin to Fall|
Game is Abundant

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. - Bayou Silver Rum
3/4 oz. - Simple Syrup
3/4 oz. - Yuzu Juice
1 1/2 oz. - House Sweet & Sour
1 dash - Bittermens Boston Bittahs
2 dashes - Fee Bros. Orange Flower Water
1small bunch - Pink Peppercorns

Method:

Muddle peppercorns & simple syrup in shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake and Double strain over fresh ice.

Glass - Water Glass
Garnish - Pink Peppercorns & Hibiscus Leaf

 

Terrebonne Parish

For a sweet and salty way to start your holiday, try this Cajun Brunch Shot from Houma Travel. Mix equal parts of Jameson whiskey and butterscotch schnapps to create a shot that will remind you of pancake syrup. Chase that with fresh satsuma juice (a citrus fruit Cajuns love in the winter) to freshen things up and enjoy a bite of grilled tasso (a spiced Cajun ham) from Cajun Meat Market - because what brunch is complete without salty pork. 

Recipe

3/4 oz Jameson Whiskey
3/4 oz Butterscotch Schapps
2 oz Satsuma Juice
1 slice of Tasso 

Cut tasso into slices that are approximately 1/4 inch wide, 1/8 inch thick and 2 inches long. Grill the tasso in a saute a pan until crisp, approximately 2 minutes per side. Slice a fresh satsuma and squeeze the juice into a small glass. Mix the Jameson Whiskey and Butterscotch Schapps in a shot glass. Take the shot, followed by drinking the satsuma juice and eating the tasso for the full Cajun Brunch experience.

 

Lafourche Parish

There's nothing more Cajun than having sharing a Bloody Mary with family and friends over a holiday brunch. This is our favorite recipe that includes locally made vodka. You can stop by and pick up this kit at Donner-Peltier Distillers. It makes a great gift, too!

Oryza Bloody Mary

2 oz. Oryza Vodka
3 oz. Daisy Dukes Bloody Mary Mix
1 dash Worcestershire Sauce
Garlic salt
Local seasoning (such as Tony’s Chachere’s)

Mix all ingredients in a glass with ice and garnish with spicy green beans and pickled okra.