Mardi Gras Cocktail Party

It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

Mardi Gras is one of those fabulous holidays that beckons everyone to celebrate. Unlike Valentine’s Day, Fat Tuesday is a fun time for everyone, which in my opinion makes it the best holiday in February.

The only problem is that the older I get, the less interested I become in plastic beads and hurricane glasses filled with rum. After my first visit to New Orleans earlier this year, I came back inspired to host a more sophisticated soiree for this year’s Mardi Gras celebration.

By channeling more of the French Quarter and less of the Bourbon Street vibes, you can pull off a (dare I say) classy Fat Tuesday cocktail party.

Mardi Gras is all about indulgence, opulence, and over-the-top hedonism. With a little planning (and help from your KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series 5-Speed Cordless Hand Blender), you can cater to a party of any size and still have the time to enjoy the festivities yourself.It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

First, plan ahead by picking up some themed décor items. I decided to decorate using jewel-toned peacock feathers, intricate masks, and metallic serving pieces. One of my favorite inexpensive ways to add a little color to a tablescape is to use sequins. I know that sequins don’t really scream “sophistication,” but used sparingly they provide a unique celebratory impression.It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

Rather than use the traditional triad of purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras decorations, I stuck to varying shades of purple to play up the royal opulence. A handful of purple beads and sequins goes a long way towards adding a sense of festivity to the occasion. I dusted off all of my silver and gold serving platters, trays, and bar tending pieces to add a bit of old-world charm to the scene.It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

No proper Fat Tuesday celebration would be complete without libations. Depending on the size of your party, you could shake up individual cocktails, host a build-your-own-Bellini bar, or whip up a big batch of champagne punch.

I decided to go all out and tackle all three! We served a lavender twist on the classic French 75 cocktail, Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

I wanted to be able to enjoy the party, so I used my Cordless Hand Blender to get a head start on the prep work.

For the Bellinis, I used the “s” shape bell blade attachment to puree a mixture of frozen blackberries and Cointreau.It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

Next, I used the chopping attachment to sauce some fresh pineapple and ginger for the champagne punch. I love how I don’t have to worry about any splashing or sloshing; no last minute wardrobe changes needed!It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

If you want to plan a fun activity, provide an array of masks and accessories for your guests and set up an impromptu photo booth. You can make it as simple as hanging a white sheet for a backdrop and providing a tablet to use as a camera. You’ll love looking through the photos the next day; just remember to use the golden rule with tagging those images on social media!It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

Look at these delicious Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch cocktails!It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

How about these Lovely Lavender French 75 cocktails!It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

And last, but not least, these Blackberry-Cointreau Bellinis!It is easy to host a Mardi Gras Cocktail Party and make these amazing cocktails: a lavender twist on the classic French 75 Cocktail, a Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini, and a Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch.

Here are the Recipes!

Lavender French 75 Cocktail

Lavender French 75 Cocktail

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Lavender French 75 is a cocktail made from lavender extract, gin or cognac, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar and packs a kick!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin or cognac
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lavender extract
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 8 ounces champagne
  • Lemon peel (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Pour the gin (or cognac), lemon juice, and lavender into a cocktail shaker and top with ice. Shake briskly for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain evenly into four coupe champagne glasses. Top each cocktail with two ounces of champagne.
  3. Garnish each glass with a piece of lemon peel.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 116Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 4mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g

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Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini

Blackberry-Cointreau Bellini

Yield: 10-12 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This delicious and colorful Blackberry-Cointreau recipe is a tasty cocktail that will make your tastebuds smile!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen blackberries
  • 4 ounces Cointreau
  • 2 (750ml) bottles of Prosecco

Instructions

  1. Place the frozen blackberries and Cointreau into your blender or use a handheld blender. Puree on until well-combined and smooth.
  2. To make a Bellini, place two tablespoons of the blackberry puree into the bottom of a champagne glass. Top with 4 ounces of Prosecco and gently stir.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 59Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 0g

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Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch

Pineapple-Ginger Rum and Champagne Punch

Yield: 16-18 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

You are going to love this pineapple-ginger rum and champagne punch recipe!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups chopped fresh pineapple (about 2 medium pineapples)
  • 2 inches fresh ginger root
  • 2 cups white rum
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 2 (750ml) bottles of Champagne

Instructions

  1. Working in two batches, place the pineapple and ginger root inside your blender or bowl if using a hand blender. Pulse until the pineapple and ginger are pureed.
  2. Pour the pineapple mixture to a fine mesh strainer placed over a large bowl. Use a spatula to press the mixture through the sieve. Transfer the strained juice to a large punch bowl or pitcher.
  3. Stir the rum, orange juice, and simple syrup into the pineapple mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. When ready to serve, gently pour the champagne into the punch bowl and give the mixture a stir. Garnish with frozen pineapple rings if desired.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 116Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 12gProtein 1g

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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February 20, 2015 | Last Updated on July 30, 2020 by Linda

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