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Have Your King Cake, and Drink It, Too

The King Cake Cocktail Your Mardi Gras Party Needs. Plastic Baby and Everything.

By Kevin Gray
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The king cake is one of the stranger Mardi Gras traditions. You shape sweet brioche dough into a circle, bake it, glaze the top with all manner of colored frosting and then hide a plastic baby/choking hazard inside.

It’s great fun.

And now, it’s a cocktail syrup.

Because Cocktail & Sons, the New Orleans–based makers of fine drinks-enhancers, are offering a seasonal King Cake Syrup for use during all your Mardi Gras festivities. There’s even a little plastic baby on the bottle, which is weird but authentic. You can find it in stores (check the site for retail availability) and online now through the end of the month, so procure a bottle posthaste.

Once you do, get to work mixing. The syrup itself is comprised of cassia bark, pecan, lemon and sugarcane for a cinnamony, nutty brioche flavor that’s basically like drinking a king cake. And if that doesn’t spur a bunch of ideas... don’t fret, it’s a tall order. But fortunately, these guys recommend the following cocktail, which is easy to make and a significant upgrade over the two-for-one 32-ounce Hurricanes you’ll find on Bourbon Street.

Night Tripper

1 1/2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz Cocktail & Sons King Cake Syrup
3/4 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients. Add ice, and stir 10 to 20 seconds. Strain into a coupe. Twist orange peel over drink, and garnish.

Kevin Gray lives in Texas. He likes whiskey, weekends and hammocks, often at the same time.

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