Lucky Player King Cake Cocktail

I only traveled through New Orleans once on our way to Texas from Florida and I have been to two Mardi Gras themed parties in my life.  One was a benefit/dinner dance in my hometown (Gene was on several boards and did a lot of volunteer work for our community) and the other time was a surprise party my stepdaughter gave to celebrate her husband’s birthday.    Thanks to her I experienced some real Cajun food, homemade of course!

I am on the far left, my stepdaughter and her sister-in-law – great party!

Mardi Gras Party

This drink appeared in the Food Network Magazine January/February 2013 issue.  A new king cake flavored vodka from France was first introduced last year and this recipe comes from the Carousel Bar & Lounge at the historic Hotel Monteleone.  Even though I am mainly a wine drinker (a good Merlot or Pinot Grigio are my favorites) this sounded like a fun drink to make!

You can buy the vodka online from vinocheapo or crownwineandspirits.  The cost is about the same; vinocheapo charges less for the vodka but more to ship.  Crownwineandspirits charges more for the vodka but less to ship.  About $50.00 a bottle!


Lucky Player King Cake Cocktail

  • 2 oz. Lucky Player King Cake Vodka (or you can use 2 oz. vanilla-flavored vodka plus 2 drops almond extract)
  • 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream (regular flavor)
  • ground cinnamon for dusting
  • green, yellow and purple sanding sugar for the rim of the glass

Place a small pile each of the sanding sugars on separate plates.  Moisten the rim of a martini glass, then press part of the rim into each colored sugar.

Combine the vodka, Grand Mariner and Baileys in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake well, then strain into the prepared glass.  Dust with cinnamon.  This cocktail carries a “punch” but oh so delicious – what a combination!

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